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Philanthropy Australia’s 2014 National Conference announcement

June 17th, 2014

Philanthropy Australia CEO Louise Walsh says the biennial conference has been designed to raise the awareness and importance of giving in Australia, and help inspire funders, potential funders and grant seekers. “Our 2014 National Conference will be one of the major thought-leadership events in the Pacific region. Each presenter has been selected to promote, connect and champion innovative and best practice philanthropy and giving and encourage stronger collaboration amongst the sector.”

More than 50 high-profile and international guest speakers will be presenting at Philanthropy Australia’s 2014 National Conference as part of the program of keynote addresses, pop ups and ‘in conversation’ sessions around philanthropy and giving.

Leading Australian and international thought leaders will join up to 1,000 delegates from the philanthropic, advisory and not-for-profit sectors to discuss and debate global trends in philanthropy, impact investing, digital civil society and innovation on Day 1.

The second day of the 2014 National Conference will be focussed on the needs of funders and philanthropists, and will include collaborative sessions on themes including ageing, education, intersectional Indigenous aid, arts, international giving, health and medical research, homelessness and rural/regional concerns. In addition, there will also be sessions around corporate giving and private inventive giving.

Curated by Philanthropy Australia, the national peak body for philanthropy and a not-for-profit membership organisation, the 2014 National Conference program includes:

  • Brad Smith, President Foundation Center, USA
  • Ian Bird, President of Community Foundations of Canada
  • Lucy Bernholz PhD, Senior Fellow at Stanford University Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society, USA.
  • Christine Sherry, Founder of The Philanthropy Workshop West, USA
  • Andrew Forrest, Founder Minderoo Foundation, in conversation with Graham Tuckwell, Founder ETF Securities Limited in conversation
  • Mark Carnegie, Founder & Principal, M.H. Carnegie & Co, in conversation with Noel Pearson, Chair of Cape York Partnership, Australia
  • Maggie Beer, Founder, Maggie Beer Foundation 
  • Sir Gustav Nossal AC
  • Li Cunxin, Artistic Director of the Queensland Ballet.
  • Actress Rachel Griffiths, Patron of HAGAR Australia

“Whether you want to discover global trends in giving, meet international thought-leaders or connect with others in the sector, Philanthropy Australia’s 2014 National Conference is not to be missed,” says Louise Walsh.

“Philanthropy Australia would also like to thank our 2014 National Conference partners who helped bring our vision to life – we couldn’t have done it without them,” adds Ms Walsh.

For more information about the 2014 National Conference and to register, please visit Early Bird registrations end Friday 4th July 2014.  


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