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MEDIA RELEASE: Philanthropy responds to Uluru Statement

July 11th, 2019

Australia’s philanthropic community has joined together to sign a collective response to the Uluru Statement From the Heart.

Released in May 2017, the Uluru Statement From the Heart is a national Indigenous consensus position on Indigenous constitutional reform, which was drafted at the end of a three-day constitutional convention of 250 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander delegates. The Statement was the culmination of 13 Regional Dialogues held around the country during a year-long consultation.

The Statement From the Heart is a message to all Australians, calling for the establishment of a ‘First Nations Voice’ in the Australian Constitution and a ‘Makarrata Commission’ to supervise a process of ‘agreement-making’ and ‘truth-telling’ between governments and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

To view the Uluru Statement of the Heart, click here.

In an ‘open letter from philanthropy’ published in the Australian Financial Review on Friday 12 July 2019, 62 individual philanthropists and philanthropic foundations have supported the call for the establishment of a First Nations Voice enshrined in the Constitution and for a Makarrata Commission.

Philanthropy Australia Chief Executive Officer, Sarah Davies, said the open letter was driven by the sector’s desire to help make a difference for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

“Philanthropy has a responsibility to take a stand on social issues where it can to make a difference and many of our members felt this was an ideal opportunity to respond collectively. That’s because at its very core, philanthropy is about working with communities to achieve positive social, environmental and cultural change,” Ms Davies said.

Download a copy of philanthropy's response to the Uluru Statement here.


Open letter from philanthropy to the First Nations of Australia

We support the Uluru Statement from the Heart

Thank you for your Uluru Statement from the Heart, an invitation to Australia and the Australian people.

We make this response as members of the philanthropic community in Australia, committed to a reconciled Australia and one that is respectful of the spirit of self-determination.

We share your vision for Australia’s First Nations to take their rightful place in Australia and fully embrace your vision for your children to walk in two worlds. We thank you for and embrace this gift of your culture, which will give us all a fuller expression of Australia’s nationhood.

We recognise the Uluru Statement as a historic mandate for change and understand that all Australians have a great responsibility to walk alongside our first Australians in the call for constitutional reform and in the need for truth-telling about the history and impact of colonisation.

We hear and support your call for the establishment of a First Nations Voice enshrined in the Constitution and for a referendum to achieve this as a national priority.

We hear and support your call for a Makarrata Commission to supervise a process of agreement-making between governments and First Nations, and truth-telling about our history.

We commit to working with you and standing by you and all Australia to achieve the aims of the Uluru Statement from the Heart.

SIGNED BY

  1. Alison Otieno
  2. Annamila Foundation
  3. Arnie Bax
  4. Australian Communities Foundation
  5. Australian Social Investment Trust
  6. Australian Women Donors Network
  7. Besen Family Foundation
  8. Black Dog Institute
  9. Broadley Trust
  10. Cathy Scalzo
  11. Craig Winkler
  12. Diane Balnaves
  13. Dominique Jones
  14. Dr Pete Gill, Blue Whale Study Inc.
  15. Dusseldorp Forum
  16. English Family Foundation
  17. Equity Trustees
  18. Euan Murdoch
  19. Fay Fuller Foundation
  20. Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal
  21. Fremantle Foundation
  22. Genevieve Fitzgerald
  23. Genevieve Timmons
  24. Helen Macpherson Smith Trust
  25. Impact Generation Partners
  26. James N Kirby Foundation
  27. Julie Rosenberg
  28. Julie Sanders
  29. Kilfinan AUSTRALIA
  30. Koda Capital
  31. Kristin Stegley OAM
  32. Maple-Brown Family Foundation
  33. Matana Foundation for Young People
  34. Melbourne Welsh Church Foundation
  35. Michal Fagan, Trusts and Foundations Manager, Prince of Wales Hospital Foundation
  36. Ninti One Limited
  37. Paul Metcalfe, Cape York Partnership
  38. Paul Salteri AM, Chairman of CAGES Foundation
  39. Perpetual
  40. Reichstein Foundation
  41. Ruffin Falkiner Foundation
  42. Sharon Landy
  43. Simone Clancy
  44. Sue Westwood
  45. ten20 Foundation
  46. Tessa English
  47. The Aesop Foundation
  48. The Balnaves Foundation
  49. The Caledonia Foundation
  50. The Kimberley Foundation
  51. The Myer Foundation
  52. The R E Ross Trust
  53. The Skrzynski Family Sky Foundation
  54. The Smith Family
  55. The Snow Foundation
  56. The Wyatt Trust
  57. Thea Kleiber
  58. Trawalla Foundation
  59. Wendy & Rod Brooks
  60. Wheelton Philanthropy
  61. Woor-Dungin
  62. Yarraville Community Centre

-ENDS-

As the peak body for giving, Philanthropy Australia uses the collective voice of the hundreds of funders, social investors, for-purpose organisations and change agents that comprise its membership community to advocate for policy and regulatory environments that enable more philanthropy with impact in Australia.

Media contact:
Dan Anderson
Marketing and Communications Manager
Philanthropy Australia
M: 0400 549 885
T: 03 9665 9112
E: danderson@philanthropy.org.au

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