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Community Business Partnership a chance to take giving to the next level

October 20th, 2014

Philanthropy Australia has welcomed the Prime Minister’s and Minister for Social Services’ announcement of the Prime Minister’s Community Business Partnership membership on Saturday.

“It’s an exciting time for philanthropy in Australia, with more attention being focused on why giving is good and how we can inspire more giving. That’s why it’s a great time to be re-establishing the Prime Minister’s Community Business Partnership,” Philanthropy Australia CEO Louise Walsh said.

“Philanthropy Australia congratulates those appointed to the Partnership. We’re particularly pleased to see Philanthropy Australia Members appointed such as Alexandra Gartmann from the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal, Kevin Bailey, and Nicola Forrest of the Minderoo Foundation,” Louise Walsh said.

The Prime Minister’s Community Business Partnership will bring together government, community and business leaders to advise the Australian Government on strategies to foster philanthropy and volunteering.

The original Community Business Partnership established by former Prime Minister John Howard was a big success, and was responsible for the introduction of some of the most significant reforms designed to grow philanthropy in Australia.

These included the introduction of what are now known as Private Ancillary Funds (PAFs), a tax effective vehicle for structured giving by high net worth individuals and families, and pre-tax workplace giving.

“To take giving to another level in Australia we need a new agenda for growth and innovation. The Community Business Partnership is in a position to make this happen, and it’s important that a clear focus on delivering tangible outcomes is adopted from the outset,” Louise Walsh said.

“As the peak body for philanthropy in Australia, we look forward to engaging with our Members and working with the Government, the members of the Partnership and other stakeholders to deliver the positive outcomes we need to further develop the culture of giving in Australia,” Louise Walsh said.

Media Contact – Dianne Jickell
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Louise Walsh (CEO) is available for interviews

The Prime Minister’s and Minister for Social Services’ media release announcing the membership of the Prime Minister’s Community Business Partnership can be accessed here.

About Philanthropy Australia

Philanthropy Australia is the national peak body for philanthropy and is a not-for-profit membership organisation with a more than 800-strong membership.

Our members are trusts and foundations, businesses, families and individuals who want to make a difference through their own philanthropy and to encourage others with their giving.

As the national peak body we offer representation, networking, services and information to members and others in the not-for-profit sector, carrying out our mission to represent, grow and inspire an effective and robust philanthropic sector in the community.

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