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Why I am a young philanthropist

February 14th, 2017

According to Giving Australia 2016 research project, over 80 per cent of Australians donated to charity throughout 2015 and2016. When you look at the reasons why people gave it largely comes down to personal satisfaction and giving back to the community.

But if you narrowed it down to the philanthropy – planned and structured giving of money, time, information, goods and services, influence and voice to improve the wellbeing of humanity and the community – the main motivating factor was simple: the belief giving can make a difference.

I’m a young philanthropist (which is rare) because I know giving makes a difference: I’ve made the journey from scholarship recipient to significant Chancellor’s Circle donor at the University of Melbourne. While the ‘what’ and the ‘how’ of my story is interesting, I’m going to focus on the most important part - the why.

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