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Final week: early bird registration for Philanthropy Australia National Conference

January 25th, 2021

Time is running out to secure your early bird tickets for the 2021 Philanthropy Australia National Conference, with early bird registrations closing on Friday 29 January.

The conference will bring the philanthropic sector and broader community together with the world’s best thinkers, strategists and leading voices to act as a catalyst for change. 

Themed ‘What does the future need from us, now?’, the 2021 Philanthropy Australia National Conference will be held online on 21-22 April and 5-6 May and focus on what Australian and global communities need from philanthropy as we move forward into a changed future.

The thought-provoking conference program will unpack and debate the future needs of our society and the role of philanthropy in addressing these challenges, and ask: which directions should we take? Who decides? And based on what evidence or signals?

Philanthropy Australia CEO Jack Heath said this year’s conference will interrogate fundamental questions about the role and practice of philanthropy at a critical moment in our history.

“The effects of the global pandemic are profound and will be long lasting. The conference program has been designed to bring the sector together to share and learn. It will illuminate best-practice approaches and how they can support our new environment and assist long-term recovery,” Mr Heath said.

“We look forward to throwing open our virtual conference doors in April and welcoming new and familiar faces from around the globe as we come together after a challenging 2020 to ask – what does the future need from us, now?”

The conference will kick off on 21-22 April with two dynamic days of virtual plenary sessions and panel discussions. These two days will challenge, motivate and provoke big-picture thinking by probing how attitudes, approaches and practice must evolve to remain accountable to the future. 

Participants will hear from a line-up of expert speakers including: Phil Buchanan, President of the US-based Center for Effective Philanthropy; Naina Batra, Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer of the Asian Venture Philanthropy Network; Professor Marcia Langton AM, anthropologist, geographer and Foundation Chair of Australian Indigenous Studies at the University of Melbourne; Edgar Villanueva, Senior Vice President of Programs and Advocacy at the US-Based Schott Foundation; Valerie Chang, Managing Director, Programs, MacArthur Foundation (US) and The Honourable Ratna Omidvar, Senator for Ontario, The Senate of Canada.

On 5-6 May, after some time to reflect and refresh, participants will come back together online for two days of interactive, inspiring workshops. Led by some of Australia’s leading practitioners, leaders and change makers, the diverse workshop program will offer breakthrough thinking at the very forefront of change and provide practical examples of how to advance practice.

Workshop topics include corporate philanthropy, decolonising wealth, land futures, pay what it takes philanthropy, litigating for change, the climate lens in action and how philanthropy can drive systems change in the age of disruption. The workshop program will also take a deep-dive into contemporary philanthropic practice with case studies from some of our 2020 Australian Philanthropy Award recipients.  

Program, speaker and registration information is available here.

Full registration gives you access to the interactive virtual events platform, including:

  • Access to the sessions on 21 and 22 April
  • Access to the workshops on 5 and 6 May
  • Live-streamed presentations and participation in live Q&A
  • The opportunity to connect with fellow attendees via the meeting hub and discussion forum
  • Participation in live interactive networking functions
  • Ability to create your own agenda, access downloadable content and export your notes and contacts at any time
  • Post-conference access to presentation recordings
  • And more!

Registration for the 2021 Philanthropy Australia National Conference is open to members and non-members from Australia and around the globe. Register here.

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