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About ozphilanthropy

ozphilanthropy - philanthropy for fundraisers and donors. Posts by Sharon Nathani in Melbourne who is undertaking a Masters in Business in Philanthropy and Not for Profit Studies at QUT. Sharon worked as Executive Officer of the Inner North Community Foundation for four years and has worked in the arts, higher education advancement, finance and philanthropy.

Philanthropy and the Arts – review


Philanthropy and the Arts is a new book by Professor Jennifer Radbourne and Kenneth Watkins (published in October 2015). While it purports to be a best practice fundraising guide for arts organisations in Australia, it is more of a history … Continue reading

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The Funding Network


The Funding Network was established in Melbourne just over a year ago, based on a model from the United Kingdom.  It’s a new model of live crowdfunding where donors come together to hear about charitable projects and then make pledges … Continue reading

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Pivotal People Pivotal Journeys – a study on CEOS and fundraising


A research team at ACPNS, Dr Wendy Scaife, Marie Crittal and Katie McDonald has released a new working paper, Pivotal People Pivotal Journeys.  This follows on from Who’s Asking for What? released in 2013 which explored the role played by CEOs … Continue reading

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A good donor event – Strategic Philanthropy at the Jewish Museum of Australia


I attended a donor event at the Jewish Museum of Australia which was exemplary in getting the attention of potential donors, providing useful information about philanthropy, telling personal stories and introducing a not for profit organisation to new audiences. Shamal Dass, Head of … Continue reading

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Not-for-Profit Financial Literacy Survey


Grant Thornton and Probono Australia have launched their Not-for-Profit Financial Literacy Survey Results, in a document entitled: Not for Profits: Are you Ready for the Future? The survey looked at directors’ and managers’ perceptions of whether not-for-profit boards are financially … Continue reading

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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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