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Remembering Scarlet

We are enjoying having former Executive Director Helen Imber back at Australian Communities Foundation (ACF). Helen has been making a valuable contribution as Volunteer Program Coordinator and has shared some of her thoughts about attending an event to remember Scarlet Spain.  A wonderful part of my return to ACF is the opportunity to meet new and re meet [...]

Welcome Impact100 Tasmania!

We are thrilled to welcome Impact100 Tasmania, the latest collective giving sub-fund, to the ACF community! Impact100 Tasmania was officially launched at Parliament House in Hobart at an event hosted by Elise Archer, Speaker of the House of Assembly. Among the enthusiastic crowd were many of Tasmania's prominent identities including Will Hodgman, Premier of Tasmania, [...]

CEO Blog – Scaling the wall (Part 2)

Scaling the wall: How US philanthropic leaders are tackling the challenges of Trump Land Fresh from an insightful visit to the US, Maree Sidey reflects on the touch points where philanthropy is ‘pulling the gloves on and dropping into the middle of the country’s social mess’ and considers the takeaways for philanthropy in Australia. Missed [...]

CEO Blog – Scaling the wall (Part 1)

Scaling the wall: How US philanthropic leaders are tackling the challenges of Trump Land Fresh from an insightful visit to the US, Maree Sidey reflects on the touch points where philanthropy is ‘pulling the gloves on and dropping into the middle of the country’s social mess’ and considers the takeaways for philanthropy in Australia. As [...]

CEO Blog – Tackling Closing Space

Australian Communities Foundation (ACF) CEO Maree Sidey recently travelled to Mexico City to attend the Worldwide Initiative for Grantmakers Support (WINGS) Forum. Read her reflections below.  The WINGS Forum was a fantastic and inspirational three days of watching philanthropy, traditionally a conservative and politically neutral sector, grapple with the very real and troubling times we [...]

Be Bold for Change – IWD17

Today is International Women's Day (IWD). It is a day to celebrate the achievements of women and to take action to drive change. This year's theme is #BeBoldForChange. As part of the celebrations, Good2Give has profile a number of women leading the charge within philanthropy. They include JK Rowling, Melinda Gates and a strong contingent of Australian leaders [...]

Conversation with a Change Maker – Dame Julia Cleverdon

We were honoured to host a morning tea late last year for ACF donors, staff and not-for-profit friends with special guest Dame Julia Cleverdon DCVO CBE . Dame Julia has been described as “a passionate and practical campaigner who has gained an international reputation for connecting the unconnected, inspiring individuals and organisations to work together for the [...]

ACF feature listed as one of Generosity’s ‘Ten of the best’

We were excited to see that an interview with our CEO Maree Sidey has been listed as one of Generosity's top ten stories from 2016. The 'Ten of the best' list includes a range of profiles and stories covering topics such as leadership, collective giving and and social enterprise. The ACF feature, 'Grassroots Philanthropy', along with [...]

The Impact Fund – Shining a Light on Issues of National Concern

It has been a momentous week at Australian Communities Foundation with the release of our Annual Review and the launch of our new Impact Fund! The development of the Impact Fund has been a significant project for us this year. It is exciting to have completed the planning stage and embark on the next chapter of the [...]

CEO Nominated for Impact 25 Award

The nominees have been announced for Pro Bono Australia's Impact 25 Award and we were excited to see our CEO Maree Sidey on the list. Maree was nominated as one of the sector's must influential people for her work promoting community based philanthropy. Board Member Gayle Hardie was also nominated with her Global Leadership Foundation co-founder Malcolm Lazenby and [...]