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Anniversary of reform that ushered in new era of giving

April 22nd, 2021

Twenty years ago, a small group of business people, community leaders and philanthropists convened by then Prime Minister John Howard, put the finishing touches on an initiative that was designed to encourage greater corporate and personal philanthropy in Australia.

At the time, the announcement was not major news, but it ushered in a reform that has driven a significant boost to Australian giving. Central to the innovation was John Howard’s determination to boost philanthropy through tax reform.

The group he convened was called the Prime Minister’s Business Community Partnership. It included Sydney businessman David Gonski and Philanthropy Australia’s then CEO Elizabeth Cham.


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