They say that the first rule of screenwriting is to write about what you know – and I think I know a little bit about philanthropy, so I am aiming to share some it here – and I am indeed passionate to learn more about it.
A good place to start with philanthropy in Australia is – Philanthropy Australia -the peak body for foundations and organisations which provide charitable donations and gifts to charitable organisations which provide services.
Philanthropy Australia’s members are made up of corporate foundations, private family foundations, PAFs – Private Ancillary Funds (until recently referred to as PPFs – Prescribed Private Funds), Public Ancillary Funds (PuAFs), and other charitable trusts and foundations. Organisations which seek funding are able to become associate members.
It works as an industry body for these organisation, often lobbying the government on issues relating to taxation and income distribution – for example in 2008/2009 when there was a Treasury department review of Prescribed Private Funds – and they successfully argued that these should remain private (ie not publish their contact details), as well as keeping the maximum distribution each year to 5% of the assets of the organisation (the government had been pushing for 11%).
Is Philanthropy Australia of any help to fundseekers? I hear you ask – While not directly, they do have an excellent Directory of Philanthropy which used to be available in hard copy (and you can probably still find some in the reference section at your public library) – but you can now subscribe online to the directory – or search the Philanthropywiki – though many of the entries are just stubs (which means there is not a lot of information in them) – I am sure that Philanthropy Australia would love someone to volunteer to help fill out the detail!
Have a look at their website – it is a great starting point for finding out who does distribute funds – though most recipients do require both dgr (deductible gift recipient) status as well as TCC (tax charitable status). Take a look at the Australian Tax Office website if you aren’t sure about what these are.
What is your experience of Philanthropy Australia?