Disability Funders Network Meeting (Funder Only)

Tue, 8 Aug 2023 11:00am - 12:00pm AEST

The session aims to: 

  1. Share a good practice collaborative philanthropy model and what made it successful with the example of Out of Home Care (OoHC) Philanthropy Funders Network. 
  2. Discuss how a similar collaborative funding model could apply for funding in the disability sector. 


The Disability Funders Network, made up of a group of foundations and funders that are engaged in supporting people with disabilities or philanthropic giving in the disability sector, will explore opportunities for collaborative funding to advance disability inclusion.

In the first part of the session, hear from Patricia Burke OAM, Senior Advisor, Engagement & Philanthropy at Philanthropy Australia, on the sustained collaborative funding model driven by the Out-of-Home-Care (OoHC) Philanthropy Funders Network. 

The network Co-Chairs will facilitate a discussion on: 

  • how a collaborative funding model can drive collective impact 
  • what insights philanthropists can take away from the OoHC case study 
  • how this approach can potentially be applied to support changes towards greater social inclusion for people with disabilities. 

Please note: 

  • this session will be recorded.  
  • presenters will share their thoughts and views in conversation, but this webinar will not offer any financial advice. 


This event is for Philanthropy Australia funder members only, if you are not yet a member of Philanthropy Australia or want to find out more about the philanthropic work in this area, please reach out to [email protected].

Network Chairs

Kirsty Nowlan – Executive Director, The Achieve Foundation 

Dr Kirsty Nowlan is the Executive Director at The Achieve Foundation, leading large systems change initiatives across both international development and in Australia. She has worked across areas as diverse as ageism in Australia, child mortality and fragile and conflict-affected states. Underpinning all the roles in her career is a deep commitment to social justice. Kirsty is dedicated to making better outcomes happen for people with disability and shaping society to embrace the diversity of human experience as a strength.

Alongside her work with The Achieve Foundation, she is on the boards of The Centre for Social Purpose – a membership organisation that works to support operational excellence in for purpose organisations – and Peacifica, an Australian-based organisation that aims to promote peace through genuine partnerships with Pacific Islanders. She holds a PhD on international law and politics and her thesis explored the evolution of new forms of power through citizen activism around international trade negotiations. 

Nick Taylor – Disability Portfolio Lead for a private philanthropic trust and the Chairman of the Board for Wheelchair Sports NSW

Nick Taylor is the Disability Portfolio Lead for a private philanthropic trust, and the Chairman of the Board for Wheelchair Sports NSW. A native of South Africa, Nick grew up in a sports obsessed family of four siblings. In 1998, just after he finished high school, Nick was involved in a serious car accident that left him paralysed from the waist down. At the time, Nick was leading his team in the South African National Basketball Championship and despite his absence from the grand final, his team would go on to win the national title in overtime. They dedicated the win to their fallen captain, who would also be named the Most Valuable Player of the tournament.

Nick received a bachelor’s degree in business science in Cape Town, including spending a year on a wheelchair basketball scholarship at the University of Texas. Going from strength to strength, Nick then secured a role with a leading international management-consulting firm in Johannesburg and got back to representing South Africa, playing wheelchair basketball in both the World Championships and the Paralympics.

In 2006 Nick immigrated to Australia to build a brighter future for himself in Sydney. He became an Australian citizen and sat out of international competition in wheelchair basketball for three years so he could switch his nationality in order to represent Australia. He did so at the highest level by playing in the London Paralympics in 2012, winning a silver medal and two years later in Korea, he and his team would be crowned World Champions! 


Patricia Burke OAM – Senior Advisor, Engagement & Philanthropy at Philanthropy Australia

Previously the state manager for Philanthropy Australia’s Victoria and Tasmania members, Pat has been part of Australia’s peak body for philanthropy and giving since 2011. She holds a Master in Social Investment and Philanthropy from Swinburne (2013). She has held leadership positions with not-for-profit boards and has experience in policy and program development, grants, fundraising and board governance. 

A giving circle advocate, Pat is Co-Founder of the Melbourne Women’s Fund – a giving circle established in 2014 to support women and families in greater metropolitan Melbourne. Pat is a director on the National Trust of Victoria Foundation, an ambassador for the Victoria University Foundation, a former board director and company secretary of Variety the Children’s Charity, Victoria and a former board director and Chair of the Foundation of the Firbank Grammar School. 

She was awarded an OAM on Australia Day 2020 for service to the community through charitable organisations.