Philanthropy TV

Advocacy Update | Common Reporting Standards & The Commonwealth Electoral Act
June 2018 | 5 mins

In this Advocacy Update, Sarah Wickham and Krystian Seibert discuss new legal advice been obtained to inform our Members to clarify the existing requirements of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 and how they impact upon philanthropy. There is also a short overview on the Common Reporting Standard webinar scheduled for Thursday 28 June and why it is essential viewing for all grant makers.

For further information relating to philanthropy policy and advocacy, members can log into the Advocacy section of the Philanthropy Australia Better Giving Hub here →

David Carrington | Thought Leadership Forum
May 2018 | 37 mins

Philanthropy Australia welcomed David Carrington from the UK to Brisbane on 18 April 2018.

At the thought leadership forum David presented a ‘state of the nation’ overview of the latest thinking around the current role and best future of philanthropy.

The thought leadership event aimed to challenge, inspire and provoke thinking over a broad range of topics including:

  • What can philanthropy contribute to solving intractable ‘wicked’ problems like poverty or climate change?

  • Accountability – what are the responsibilities of private wealth as it seeks to resource public good?

  • Advocacy – should philanthropy be bolder in expressing political points of view, helping preserve civic space, funding social movements?

  • What more can philanthropy do to ensure the sustainable health of the NFP charitable sector?

  • What is philanthropy doing well, and what do we need to do better?

CEO Update
May 2018 |
8 mins

Sarah Davies, CEO shares her thoughts and reflections on the recent ‘Social Impact and Philanthropy Study Tour’ to Israel. The tour was organised by Philanthropy Australia in partnership with Australian Jewish Funders (AJF).

May marks a special month for Philanthropy Australia, as we have transitioned into our new membership offering, which encompasses the launch of our new digital platform for philanthropic conversations and innovation; Better Giving Hub.

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Life Member of 2018: Emeritus Professor Myles McGregor Lowndes
April 2018
 | 4 mins

Emeritus Professor Myles McGregor-Lowndes has distinguished himself in the field of academia at Queensland University of Technology for the past 35 years.

Myles was the founding director of the Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies (ACPNS), and has contributed enormously to the achievement of its stated mission: To bring to the community the benefits of teaching, research, technology and service relevant to philanthropic and nonprofit communities.

The Centre has four goals, and one in particular for Myles’ extraordinary contribution, which focuses on serving the “professionalism, effectiveness and international reputation of the Australian philanthropic and nonprofit sector by providing professional service and participating in policy reform relevant to philanthropy and the nonprofit sector.”

Myles and the team at ACPNS have played an integral role in advancing the understanding and effectiveness of philanthropy in Australia through their voluminous research which spans accountability, regulation and governance through to non-profit sustainability and social enterprise. Anybody who’s even glanced at a copy of the Giving Australia research reports, will appreciate the scope and quality of this research and the enduring nature of its contribution.

Myles’ research and countless research papers have influenced philanthropists, non-profit leaders and policy makers here and overseas. He was integral to the creation of a National Standard Chart of Accounts which was unanimously adopted by the Council of Australian Governments.

He is a founding member of the Australian Taxation Office Charities Consultative Committee and the ACNC’s Advisory Board and, in June 2003, was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia for his “service to the community by providing education and support in legal, financial and administrative matters to non-profit organisations.”

There really can be no underestimating Myles' contribution to the professionalisation of our sector and the academic study of philanthropy.

Emeritus Professor Myles McGregor-Lowndes was awarded Life Member of Philanthropy Australia on the 19th of April 2018.

Life Member of 2018: Lady Southey
April 2018 
| 4 mins

As a member of one of Melbourne’s first families of philanthropy, Lady Marigold Southey had an excellent philanthropic role model in her revered father, Sidney Myer.

Lady Southey’s own personal and professional efforts to advance philanthropy have made a lasting impression upon the sector, including her time as Philanthropy Australia’s President between 2000-2006. A frank and fearless champion of philanthropy with a sharp, analytical mind, Lady Southey’s leadership has been tenacious, committed and inspiring.

She has served on the boards of the Myer Foundation, the National Stroke Foundation, St Catherine’s School Foundation and Orchestra Victoria. She is a Patron of FRRR, the Australian Ballet School, Lort Smith Animal Hospital and the National Council of Jewish Women Australia (Vic).

She was a regular volunteer - as a volunteer driver, every week, I understand - with the Red Cross for many years.

Lady Southey has been a passionate advocate for accessible philanthropy, dedicated to helping spread the message that anybody can get involved by starting small. And not only starting small, but starting young too – Lady Southey has long been a champion for getting young people involved in giving.

For her tireless personal and professional efforts, Lady Southey was made a Member of the Order of Australia for her service to the community in 1999.

A year later, she received the Centenary Medal and in 2001, Lady Southey became the 12th Lieutenant Governor of Victoria – a position in which she served for five years. In 2006 she was made a Companion of the Order of Australia.

We are pleased to be able to recognise Lady Southey’s incredible contribution to philanthropy and the social sector by adding to her list of honours with Life Membership at Philanthropy Australia.

Lady Southey was awarded Life Member of Philanthropy Australia on the 19th of April 2018.

Life Member of 2018: Dr Michael Liffman
April 2018 
| 4 mins

Dr Michael Liffman is the founding Director of the Asia Pacific Centre for Social Investment and Philanthropy at Swinburne University of Technology which was established in 2001.

Michael has always favoured the term ‘social investment’ over ‘philanthropy’, because he says it both reflects our field’s shift towards metrics and outcomes as well as underscoring the fact that both funders and grantees have a stake in the transaction.

Michael knows the tension between head and heart in philanthropy well, having led and been responsible for driving best practice grant-making at the Myer Foundation between 1985 and 2000.

Michael went on to write the definitive history of the Myer family’s philanthropy in 2004, A Tradition of Giving: Seventy-five Years of Myer Family Philanthropy.

It was at the Myer Foundation that Michael honed his rare talent for cutting through the noise to get to the heart of the matter, which, when it comes to philanthropy, he says is this: the critical importance of anchoring our practice to the pursuit of outcomes, not just intentions.

Countless philanthropic practitioners and students have benefitted and continue to benefit from Michael’s thoughtful and considered academic approach to the challenges and opportunities of contemporary philanthropy.

He was the first Australian to be elected to the coordinating committee of Worldwide Initiatives for Grantmakers' Support (WINGS) and was also a former president of PA’s organisational predecessor, the Australian Association of Philanthropy.

Dr Michael Liffman was awarded Life Member of Philanthropy Australia on the 19th of April 2018.

Better Giving Hub coming soon!
April 2018 
| 30 secs

Launching May 1, Philanthropy Australia showcases its innovative platform for Members to share news and resources, discuss key issues, build connections and much more. Look forward to a user-focused digital experience, with personalised content designed to match each Members’ needs to promote a thriving philanthropic community.

Renew or join now

Advocacy Update | Progress of Electoral Act Changes
April 2018 |
3 mins

Krystian Seibert, Policy Adviser, updates you on the progress of the Electoral Act Changes and other Philanthropy Australia news. 

Open Letter regarding Electoral Act changes in the Australian Financial Review (1 March 2018)

Joint Standing Committee on Electoral Matter report into the Electoral Legislation Amendment (Electoral Funding and Disclosure Reform) Bill 2017 (9 April 2018)

Article by Krystian Seibert in The Conversation – ‘New electoral law could still hobble charities’ (13 April 2018)

Article in The Guardian – Labor demands charities' advocacy be exempted from foreign donations ban (16 April 2018)

If Members have any questions about this advocacy update, they should contact Vanessa Kobielak on (03 9662 9299 or

Advocacy Update
March 2018 
| 3 mins

Advocacy and Insight Manager, Krystian Seibert updates us on the Electoral Act changes and shares the news about his new position as Industry Fellow at the Centre for Social Impact, Swinburne University of Technology.

How to renew your membership
February 2018
 | 4 mins

Advocacy and Insight Manager, Krystian Seibert takes you through the process of renewing your Philanthropy Australia membership.

Same Purpose, New Engine 
February 2018
 | 4 mins

Philanthropy Australia CEO, Sarah Davies, explains the rationale behind the organisation’s new business model and membership offering which will help us achieve more and better philanthropy in Australia.

Implications of the Electoral Reform Bill 
February 2018
 | 4 mins

Philanthropy Australia, CEO Sarah Davies and Executive Director of the Human Rights Law Centre, Hugh de Kretser discuss the Implications of the Electoral Reform Bill.

Advocacy Update | The Power of Advocacy
February 2018 
| 3 mins

Funding policy advocacy involves working to achieve change in a particular cause area by seeking to influence public policy - including laws, regulations and government practices. It can be a very effective way to address the complex social and environmental challenges we confront. For this reason there is a growing impetus for philanthropy to fund policy advocacy, something very evident at the Philanthropy Meets Parliament Summit in September 2017, which had a strong focus on policy advocacy. To build on this momentum, Philanthropy Australia has produced 'The Power of Advocacy', a useful resource for philanthropic organisations interested in learning more about funding policy advocacy.

Advocacy Update | ACNC Review
February 2018
 | 3 mins

The Australian Government has announced a review of the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) legislation. The following short video update from Philanthropy Australia's Advocacy & Insight Manager, Krystian Seibert, outlines Philanthropy Australia's engagement with the review, which will include preparing a draft submission and seeking input and feedback from our Members.

In conversation with Peter McMullin and Nick Blinco
January 2018 | 7 mins

Statistics suggest that a child is born into statelessness every tenth minute. How can a philanthropist from Melbourne respond?

See how: Peter McMullin, McMullin Group and active philanthropist, and Nick Blinco, Vice-Principal (Advancement), The University of Melbourne, in conversation about the establishment of the new, first-ever, global Centre devoted to Statelessness: The Peter McMullin Centre on Statelessness at the University of Melbourne Law School.

Peter McMullin’s philanthropic journey is extensive and varied and his interests include refugee law and social equity issues.  When he met Nick Blinco from Melbourne University at the 2016 Philanthropy Australia Conference, the idea of creating an academic Centre to examine the growing issue of statelessness was born.

Fast forward to 1 February 2018 when the Melbourne Law School’s Peter McMullin Centre on Statelessness will begin operating under the leadership of Professor Michelle Foster. The Centre will undertake research, teach and engage in activities aimed at reducing statelessness and protecting the rights of stateless people.

The McMullin press release can be found here

To find out more about Melbourne Law School’s Peter McMullin Centre on Statelessness, click here

Advocacy Update
December 2017 | 4 & 5 mins

The Australian Government made three announcements which impact upon philanthropy in the week of 4 December:

  • Setting out reform proposals for the Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) framework
  • The introduction to legislation to ban foreign donations, which will prevent international philanthropy funding advocacy activities by charities
  • The appointment of the Hon Dr Gary Johns as the new ACNC Commissioner

The following two short video updates from Philanthropy Australia's Advocacy & Insight Manager, Krystian Seibert, outline Philanthropy Australia's  response to these announcements

In conversation with Daniel Lee
September 2017 | 51 mins

At the 2017 Philanthropy Meets Parliament Summit, Daniel Lee shared his insights on the role of philanthropy as a driver of systems change, addressing root causes of social challenges and the relationship between philanthropy and government. 

Update from the CEO 
August 2017 | 5 mins

An update from Sarah Davies about the Collective Giving Report, building digital civil society, the Government’s review into DGR reform, the 2017 Philanthropy Meets Parliament Summit and more!

Update from the CEO 
July 2017 | 3 mins

Sarah Davies talks about some recent additions to the Philanthropy Australia team, the venue for 2018 Australian Philanthropy Awards and more!

Advocacy Update
July 2017 | 3 mins

Discussion Paper on DGR Reform + Draft Submission

Krystian Seibert, Advocacy & Insight Manager

Genevieve Timmons: Unleashing generosity
June 2017 | 3 mins

The future of philanthropy is about deliberate, positive and effective relationships with all the people engaged in the process of giving. 

Alan Schwartz AM: The greatest opportunity 
May 2017 | 
2 mins

Alan Schwartz AM, President of Philanthropy Australia, shares some thoughts on the future of philanthropy – the greatest opportunity and what it means to be a philanthropist. 

Collaboration for community resilience and growth
January 2017 | 
46 mins

Given the complex challenges we confront in communities around Australia, 'going it alone' is simply not an option if philanthropy wants to make a difference.

So how can funders partner with each other, and with not-for-profits, businesses, governments and other stakeholders to leverage their resources and expertise?

Capacity building creates conditions for success 
November 2016 | 
5 mins

Mae Hong is Chair of Grantmakers for Organizational Effectiveness and Vice-President of Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisors (USA). 

Members / Associates can view an extended version here >

Strategy reboot - evaluation of approaches
November 2016 | ​4

Mark Gunton is Chief Executive Officer of Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership (USA). 

Traditional models are not something to be abandoned 
November 2016 | 
7 mins

Audette Exel AO is the CEO and Founder of The Adara Group and is the 2016 Leading Philanthropist.

Evolution or revolution: Is philanthropy future ready? 
November 2016 | 
3 mins

Featuring Sarah Davies, Paul Madden, Amelia Telford, Mae Hong, Kevin Robbie, Alexandra Gartmann, Genevieve Timmons and Stacey Thomas.

We can't afford for climate change to be an issue that divides us
November 2016 | 
2 mins

Amelia Telford is National Director of the Seed Indigenous Youth Climate Network with the Australian Youth Climate Coalition.

The launch of our 2017 - 2020 Strategic Plan
October 2016 | 
14 mins

Presented by Sarah Davies, CEO, Philanthropy Australia

Open the strategic map >

Debate: Is philanthropy future ready? 
October 2016 | 
34 mins

Moderated by Sarah Davies, Philanthropy Australia.


  • Tony Kalm (US), One Acre Fund
  • Sue Cunningham (US/UK), CASE
  • Michael Lynch AM, Sydney Community Foundation


  • Caitriona Fay, Perpetual Limited
  • José Pedro Ferrão (US), United Way 
  • Lani Evans (NZ), Vodafone NZ Foundation

Give. Stand. Respect.

The 2017 Philanthropy Meets Parliament Summit brought funders, nonprofits and policy makers together for two days of inspiring keynotes, case studies and challenging conversations about philanthropy’s role in advocating for change.

Summit Highlights

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