Category Archives: social action

DGR Reform


The Treasury Department has called for submissions commenting on a new discussion paper around Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) reform.  Read the paper here. Submissions are due by 4 August – as per the website – the discussion paper had 14 … Continue reading

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Generosity Forum – a collective giving conversation


As you know, my focus recently has been on giving circles and collective giving. So I was very happy to attend the Generosity Forum: Conversations in Changing Philanthropy this week to hear Tom Hull from the Funding Network, Gillian Hund … 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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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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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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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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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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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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4 events in three weeks


It’s going to be a busy second half of August. A few events for your consideration: Next week my workday organisation, the Inner North Community Foundation, hosts Tom Dawkins, social entrepreneur and crowdfunding specialist, co-founder of Start Some Good (Dream Big, … Continue reading

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The Power of We


It’s Blog Action Day and this year’s theme is The Power of We so I thought I would just do a very brief post here to talk about the Rotary Community Service Awards which were handed out last night. I … Continue reading

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