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Philanthropy as first mover, the power of good people and Philanthropy Australia’s transition

February 01st, 2017

Sarah Davies on philanthropy’s opportunity to step in and be bold and why 2017 will be a year of change for Philanthropy Australia.

“We’re in a period of transition and the change we need to make has two equally important parts,” says Philanthropy Australia CEO, Sarah Davies, of the reboot the peak body seeks to orchestrate in 2017.

“The first is achieving clarity of purpose.

"What are we here for? Who are we serving and what will success look like? Where are we going to make the difference?”

The launch of Philanthropy Australia’s Strategic Map 2017-2020, in late 2016, was the culmination of the organisation’s exploration of those fundamental questions.

“We’re feeling very confident that those answers are as they should be,” Davies says.

“Not everything there is perfect, but the feedback we’ve had from our members and the philanthropic community suggests that the answers are landing in the right place.

“The second part of the equation is finding the engine that will drive and deliver those outcomes. What’s the business model? What resources are needed and how do you design and build that engine?

“This is what we’re in the middle of doing right now and it…

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