Diversity Series Part 1: Cultural Diversity and Philanthropy

Thu, 20 Jun 2024 01:00pm - 02:00pm AEST

Following the 2023 Philanthropy Australia Membership Survey, the results highlighted the significant interest and importance in the sector to highlight and discuss cultural diversity and inclusivity. The upcoming webinar aims to bring awareness to individuals and organisations, advancing conversations about learning good practice approaches. Encouraging philanthropy to consider cultural diversity from grantmaking to governance and engagement, this is an excellent opportunity to hear different perspectives from diverse speakers engaging in philanthropy. 

Audience: Philanthropy Australia Members (funders & fund seekers) and Non-members.

Cost: Free for active and above members. Connected Members ($20) and Non-members ($40).


Anthea Hancocks – CEO, Scanlon Foundation Research Institute 

Anthea is the CEO of the Scanlon Foundation and the Scanlon Foundation Research Institute. She has an extensive background in strategic planning, business development, community service, education, communications, and relationship and services marketing through senior leadership experience in private, ASX listed, government, professional services, academia and not for profit organisations here and in the US. Anthea is Chair of Welcoming Australia, Chair of the Monash Migration and Inclusion Centre, a Fellow of Monash University and Chair of the Huddle Advisory Committee and a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. 

Amar Singh – Founder of Turbans 4 Australia

Amar Singh is Local Australian of the Year in 2023 and part of the AMP Foundation tomorrow makers for his Turbans 4 Australia initiative. Amar founded Turbans 4 Australia in 2015 which has been providing assistance to Australians from all walks of life whilst promoting multiculturalism and religious tolerance. 

Turbans 4 Australia has worked tirelessly to help hundreds of thousands of Australians in need, assisting people facing all kinds of challenges, from those impacted by natural disasters such as floods, bushfires and cyclones, to those facing homelessness, domestic violence, poverty, unemployment and isolation. In forming connections with people from all walks of life, Turbans 4 Australia is breaking down the barriers of fear and misunderstanding while following the core Sikh values of equity, respect and service to humanity. 

Sandra Elhelw – CEO, Settlement Council of Australia

Sandra is the CEO of the Settlement Council of Australia, the peak body representing Australia’s migrant and refugee services. The Council has approximately 130 member organisations that work with migrants and refugees to build a new life in Australia. In her current role, she leads the sector in building an inclusive society where migrants and refugees belong and thrive. Prior to joining SCOA, Sandra has had roles working in government, and frontline social services. She is also undertaking a PhD on domestic and family violence in Australian Muslim communities.