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Thank you and happy holidays

December 08th, 2014

To our more than 780 Members and Associates, thank you from the Philanthropy Australia Council and staff for your support during 2014.

We’d also like to recognise our Patrons, Sir Gustav Nossal AC CBE and Lady Southey AC, and our two Leading Members, ANZ and the Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation.

A special thank you must also go to our 2014 partners, who have offered support above and beyond their membership.

This year, we were proud to announce the inaugural Philanthropy Leader Awards winners:

  • Allan English, 2014 Philanthropy Leader of the Year
  • Michael Gonski, 2014 Emerging Philanthropy Leader

We were also pleased to appoint Life Membership to Darvell M. Hutchinson AM, retired Chairman of the Helen Macpherson Smith Trust.

2014 has been another busy one for Philanthropy Australia.  We had a full calendar of events in the professional development and learning space including the Philanthropy Australia 2014 National Conference, New Generation of Giving keynote series address, Understanding PAFs series, 2014 US Private Giving Study Tour, as well as a range of workshop covering governance, philanthropy 101 and grant seeker’s guidance and more. We commenced using webinars as a means of delivering elements of our Professional Development offering this year. This will be expanded in 2015.

Our new President, Alan Schwartz, joined us in August 2014, and we were also joined earlier in the year by two new Council members, Peter Winneke and Craig Winkler.

It’s a very exciting time for the sector, and we hope to do all we can to advance it. We look forward in 2015 to working with other organisations that also advance philanthropy, and exploring appropriate engagement with other segments of the sector.

From all of us at Philanthropy Australia, thank you for supporting your peak body. We’re proud to be able to represent a movement of people and organisations who believe in the importance of giving effectively, and who strive to help Australia become a giving nation.

We wish you a happy and safe holiday season.

Louise Walsh
CEO, Philanthropy Australia

Please note: Our offices will be closed from 2.00pm Wednesday 24 December 2014 to 9.00am Monday 5 January 2015. 

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