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About ozphilanthropy

ozphilanthropy - bringing together information about philanthropy for fundraisers and donors. Posts by Sharon Nathani in Melbourne. Sharon has worked in the arts, advancement in higher education and has been the Executive Officer of the Inner North Community Foundation since 2011 and recently joined the board of Australian Community Philanthropy, a networking and promotional organisation for community foundations in Australia.

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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Community Foundations Forum Day 2 2013


The second day of the Community Foundations forum took place at the beautifully tranquil Maggie Beers’ Farm, and started off with a talk from the lady herself on “why giving?”.  Along with a breakfast of baked tomatoes, great sausages and … Continue reading

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Community Foundations Forum 2013


Foundation Barossa (in South Australia) is hosting this year’s Australian Community Foundations Forum.  Presented in conjunction with Philanthropy Australia and FRRR, this annual event brings together community foundations from around the country to network, share their experiences and benefit from … Continue reading

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Catherine Brown – Community Foundations – A journey of discovery


The Maimonides Society talks presented by the Swinburne Philanthropy Alumni, hosted Catherine Brown, the CEO of the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation. Catherine reflected on her career working in and with community foundations since 1999 when the Myer Foundation came up … Continue reading

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Philanthropy and Ethics Debate: Mind the Gap: Philanthropy, Social Policy and Government


 The fourth annual Philanthropy and Ethics debate was entitled: Mind the Gap: Philanthropy, Social Policy and Government.  This topic floored me a little and I felt I was playing catch up listening to the four speakers, Mary Crooks from the … Continue reading

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