Philanthropy and COVID-19

How is Philanthropy Australia responding to COVID-19? 

Philanthropy has a critical and leading role to play in helping us all to understand, respond to and address the challenges of COVID-19 and this rapidly evolving public health situation. Philanthropy Australia is working for and with the sector to address this growing challenge head on. Our offices are currently closed and the organisation is working remotely. The best way to reach us is by email or phone.

  • We undertook targeted advocacy in March in partnership with a range of social sector leaders to secure commitment from the Government to provide financial support measures for the charitable sector
  • Currently working on a collective public statement signalling the critical role philanthropy should be playing to tackle COVID-19 – this will be released early next week
  • Regular communication with the Assistant Minister for Charities to discuss and progress the role of philanthropy in responding to the COVID-19 challenge
  • Collating information and resources for the sector and community 
  • Sharing stories of philanthropy in action with Members of Parliament to showcase the impact of philanthropy on the ground

Member services

  • Dedicated COVID-19 Resources, information and a member discussion forum for members on the Better Giving Hub
  • Established a Digital COVID-19 Peer Network for funders as an informal support group through this time of uncertainty. 
  • Developing a new member webinar series to delivered from May as part of our ongoing member content program 
  • National Member Peer Networks are continuing as planned and being delivered digitally


How can philanthropy best respond to COVID-19?

We are confronting a rare conjunction of circumstances that pose challenges to what philanthropy does and how we go about it. Philanthropy Australia's CEO, Sarah Davies, has shared 10 approaches or actions philanthropy can take to play a positive, constructive role in helping us all understand, respond to and address the challenges of COVID-19 and our public health situation. Read more here.

Matching charities and funders

We've partnered with the Australian Communities Foundation to provide a free online COVID-19 granting platform for Australia. This online platform will allow charities to register their funding needs and enable philanthropic funders to understand the granting opportunities available to respond to the critical needs of the sector during COVID-19. Access the National Funding Platform here.   

ACNC and ATO webinar: COVID-19 and NFPs, 30 March

The ATO and ACNC are hosting a free webinar for charities and not-for-profits on Monday 30 March, 12pm AEST to provide detail about the Government stimulus measures that affect the sector, as well as issues that are affecting charity operations during this crisis.

You can register for this webinar here.  

Guidance on federal government financial assistance to NFPs

Legislation has been enacted to provide temporary cash flow support to eligible NFPs during the economic downturn associated with COVID-19.

This will be done through two sets of cash flow boosts delivered from 21 April 2020.

Eligible NFPs will receive tax-free cash flow boosts of between $20,000 and $100,00 delivered through credits in the activity statement systems when they lodge their activity statements.

Your NFP will be eligible if you:

  • Employ staff
  • Held an ABN on 12 March and continue to be active
  • Have an aggregate annual turnover of less than $50 million
  • Made eligible payments that you are required to withhold from

Charities registered with the ACNC are eligible, regardless of whether they held an active ABN, if they met the other eligibility requirements.

You do not need to apply for the cash flow boost. All you must do it lodge your activity statements. The cash flow boost will be automatically credited to your account.

For more detail please refer to this guidance from the ATO.

ACNC grants extension to 2019 AIS

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis the ACNC has granted an extension to the due date of the 2019 Annual Information Statement to 31 August 2020.



COVID-19 Information, Resources and Events 

Health and mapping information 

Upcoming digital events for funders

Upcoming digital events for not-for-profits and charities 


To submit a COVID-19 resource, event or article, please email

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