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About ozphilanthropy

ozphilanthropy - bringing together information about philanthropy for fundraisers and donors. Posts by Sharon Nathani in Melbourne. Sharon is undertaking a Masters in Business in Philanthropy and Not for Profit Studies at QUT. She was the Executive Officer of the Inner North Community Foundation for four years and was on the board of Australian Community Philanthropy for a year.Sharon has worked in the arts, higher education advancement, finance and philanthropy.

A Century of Community Foundations: Evolution and Adaptation – Mark Sidel


The Asia-Pacific Centre for Social Investment and Philanthropy hosted the 2015 Commencement Lecture with guest speaker Professor Mark Sidel, the Doyle-Bascom Professor of Law at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and consultant for China and Vietnam at the International Center for … Continue reading

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Changing guard at Buckingham Palace


A vacancy for an executive officer for a community foundation is not unusual, but two at the same time? There are some changes afoot in a couple of community foundations in Melbourne.  But perhaps the more interesting questions raised by this coincidence … Continue reading

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Rebecca Riccio – Learning by Giving and MOOCS


  The Asia-Pacific Centre for Social Impact and Philanthropy at Swinburne presented the annual Heloise Waislitz Oration with Rebecca Riccio, the founding Director of the Social Impact Lab at Northeastern University in Boston. Rebecca has developed the world’s first MOOC … Continue reading

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Philanthropy and art: why Australia’s wealthy don’t invest in culture


Check out this opinion piece from Raven by John McDonald art critic for the Sydney Morning Herald and film critic for the Australian Financial review.

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The Future of Philanthropy – Bradford K Smith – Foundation Center


The Dean’s Lecture in the Faculty of Business and Enterprise at Swinburne University was given by Bradford K Smith, President of the Foundation Center, based in New York. The Foundation Center is committed to transparency in philanthropy, having been established … Continue reading

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so much to do – so little time


It seems to be that time of year when there are so many events, talks, keynotes and briefings to go to that it is all a little overwhelming, The main items on my agenda at the moment are: Philanthropy Australia … Continue reading

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Savvy Giving – a personal reflection – a guest post by anonymous


Savvy Giving by Genevieve Timmons is what could be described as a ‘primer’ or a ‘nuts and bolts’ book that provides an excellent overview of giving for the beginning philanthropist. Timmons discusses that there are many ways to make a … Continue reading

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Funding Advocacy – the legal, conceptual and anecdotal


Swinburne Philanthropy Alumni presented a lively session last night on “funding advocacy”.  Dr Charles Lane, former CEO of the Myer Foundation and Sydney Myer Fund, spoke first.  Dr Lane’s view is that advocacy is a crucial component of grantmaking and … Continue reading

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Is Corporate Sponsorship Philanthropy?


Readers, today there is a debate about funding, the arts, ethics and government support.  The discussion around whether an organisation which has a corporate supporter has the “right” to terminate that relationship is becoming politicised, particularly by the Minister for … Continue reading

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Community Foundations – update


An article I wrote on community foundations has just been published in the new online philanthropy journal – generositymag.com.au. Have a look here: What is a Community Foundation? Want to give meaningfully to your local area? Contributing to a community … Continue reading

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