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

January 12th, 2017|

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 [...]

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

December 9th, 2016|

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 [...]

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CEO Nominated for Impact 25 Award

November 23rd, 2016|

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 [...]

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Conversation with a Change Maker – Dr Peter Macreadie

November 21st, 2016|

We enjoyed hearing from Dr Peter Macreadie at a recent Environment Donor Circle. Peter leads the innovative and award winning Blue Carbon Lab at Deakin University and shares his story below. How did you become interested in environmental research? I was always passionate about the ocean. As a kid I would take any chance I [...]

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Making Australia great again

November 14th, 2016|

CEO Maree Sidey shared her thoughts with Generosity Magazine about the recent events in the US and the importance of philanthropy as an expression of democracy in action. It has been an interesting week to reflect on what makes a country ‘great’.  Watching the US wrestle with this question over the past few months has been [...]

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Entries Open for the Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship

October 27th, 2016|

Entries are open for the 2017 Hazel Rowley Literary Fellowship. The annual fellowship commemorates the work of Hazel Rowley (1951-2011), a leading biographer with a passion for words and exploring the lives and relationships of prominent men and women. Her family established the Hazel Rowley Literary Fund with Australian Communities Foundation to commemorate her life by supporting [...]

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Exploring the Democratisation of Giving

September 21st, 2016|

Collective giving is the coming together of individuals or foundations to jointly fund social change. It is not a new phenomenon, but there has been a rise in collective giving groups and initiatives in recent years. CEO Maree Sidey will be exploring collective giving as moderator of the ‘Democratisation of Giving’ panel at the Philanthropy [...]

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Have Your Say: Collective Giving in Australian Philanthropy

September 13th, 2016|

The Australian Government's Department of Social Services has commissioned a research study on collective giving in Australia. The research will inform the work of the Prime Minister’s Community Business Partnership. The Partnership brings together prominent Australians from business and community sectors to provide advice to Government on practical strategies to foster a culture of philanthropic giving, volunteering and [...]

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‘A Shrinking Democracy?’ – MWF Debate

September 2nd, 2016|

Australian Communities Foundation (ACF) is proud to be supporting ‘A Shrinking Democracy?’ this afternoon at Deakin Edge in Fed Square. The debate is part of the Melbourne Writer’s Festival program and will feature Gillian Triggs, President of the Australian Human Rights Commission, and former Foreign Minister Bob Carr.

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Vale Peter Hero 1942-2016

September 1st, 2016|

We were saddened by the recent passing of Peter Hero, an influential and inspirational leader. Peter led Silicon Valley Community Foundation from 1988 to 2006 and has been described by Fortune magazine as 'the man who taught Silicon Valley, the land of the ‘cyber-stingy, to care about philanthropy.' Editor at large Peter Elkind wrote that Hero did this  by, 'channeling the [...]

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