Category Archives: philanthropy

“Splash in the shallows” – family foundations testing the waters


I am fascinated by private ancillary funds (PAFs) which are generally family foundations, so was very pleased to attend the Philanthropy Australia conference‘s session which highlighted the experiences of four family foundations at various stages of maturity, expertise and development. … Continue reading

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ISTR not the Ishtar Conference


Guest post by Alexandra Williamson The International Society for Third-sector Research known as ISTR or “I Star” – (editor’s note: which sounds to us at ozphilanthropy like Ishtar, goddess of love, fertility and sometimes community) is an international membership association … Continue reading

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Charity Fundraising in the 21st Century


There is a new Senate inquiry into Charity Fundraising in the 21st Century.  Submissions close on 6 August and the committee is to report on or before 18 October 2018. This caught my eye because one of the terms of … Continue reading

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Civil Society, Digital Democracy?


Perpetual has hosted its third installment of discussions and workshops with Stanford PACS (Centre on Philanthropy and Civil Society) with a session entitled Civil Society in an Age of Digital Democracy. Lucy Bernholz partly deconstructed the title of the session … Continue reading

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Have we travelled far?


I have just been reading Contemporary Art + Philanthropy, Public Spaces/Private Funding: Foundations for Contemporary Art  as I revisit the nexus (is there one?) between philanthropy, tax policy and arts policy. This monograph was created to record a forum held … Continue reading

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Funding advocacy


A quick shout out about Philanthropy Australia’s recent publication – The Power of Advocacy: Making the Case for Philanthropic Support for Advocacy. Published in February, this handy guide reiterates the case for philanthropic organisations’ ability to be active in the … Continue reading

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Women & Philanthropy


 There is a buzz happening around women and philanthropy.  Whether someone’s capacity to donate is $100 or $1,000,000, there are opportunities to contribute individually or collectively to support charitable causes and organisations focussed on women and girls. The Victorian Women’s … Continue reading

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Gillian Triggs at Melbourne Women’s Fund Forum


Emeritus Professor Gillian Triggs was the keynote speaker at the Melbourne Women’s Fund inaugural forum held in Melbourne. Professor Triggs spoke of having grown up post-war, as a baby-boomer, given a free legal education and becoming a practising barrister at … Continue reading

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American Vertigo: Philanthropy & Democracy in Uncertain Times


Mae Hong, from Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisers (whom she calls the “poor cousins of the Rockefeller Foundation”) was in Australia for a second tour with Australian Executor Trustees (who brought her out last year). She gave talks in Melbourne and Sydney … Continue reading

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A bit more on collective giving


Just in case you missed it, the Prime Minister’s Community Business Partnership commissioned Creative Partnerships Australia to write a report on collective giving. I am thinking that this is more because James Boyd, the report’s co-author, is an expert in … Continue reading

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