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What is it about foundations’ role as Piggy in the Middle?

April 05th, 2021

Dr Alexandra Williamson, Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies (ACPNS), QUT Business School, discusses ‘The Piggy Paper’ which explores the ways in which foundations' multiple intermediary roles form part of their work and strategy.

Philanthropic foundations in Australia can’t deliver services. So how do they go about creating public benefit? The simple answer is that they fund others. And it’s exactly this detachment – the arms’ length approach - that has foundations often referred to as intermediaries.

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