We are counting down to the Philanthropy Australia National Conference. Participants will have the opportunity to engage with philanthropic thinkers, strategists and leading voices from around the globe and at home. The conference is being preceded by a number of terrific pre-conference masterclasses, including Savvy Giving: Essentials for Contemporary Giving, a session that is ideally suited [...]
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ACF donors, supporters and staff spent an inspiring afternoon with Kirsty Sword Gusmao at our recent donor circle event. Kirsty shared her journey and experiences as a human rights campaigner and former first lady of Timor-Leste, providing fascinating insight into her ‘birds eye view of a birth of a nation’. In 2001, Kirsty started the [...]
Sophie Waincymer is a new addition to the Grants Team. In her role as Grants Administrator, Sophie will be available to assist donors with enquiries relating to sub-funds and grantmaking. She has a diverse background and has worked as a consultant for a social justice focused consulting company and an office manager in a radical [...]
One of our priorities in 2016 is to help donors think through and document their plans for the management and operation of their sub-funds into the future. It is one of those tasks that is easy to put off, but for many donors it is reassuring to have a plan that can be followed when [...]
Everyone has the right to live in a place that is safe and comfortable. As we move into the uncertainty of climate change, the increase in weather extremes is expected to have a significant impact on the comfort levels of people living in older homes. The University of Melbourne has received a $10,000 grant for [...]
Our CEO Maree Sidey was recently interviewed by Generosity Magazine for a feature article on grassroots philanthropy. We have included an excerpt below. Easy and accessible philanthropy? Look no further. Maree Sidey is leading Australian Communities Foundation into its next chapter as an agent for positive social change. “Philanthropy can be quite a lonely journey,” [...]
Did you know it’s NAIDOC Week? NAIDOC Week recognises the history, culture and achievements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders. The theme for this year is Songlines: The living narrative of our nation. In the spirit of NAIDOC Week, we have been reflecting on some of the inspiring Indigenous focussed projects and organisations our donors [...]
A number of collective giving initiatives, including Australian Communities Foundation's Impact100 WA and Impact100 SA sub-funds, were recently featured in the Sydney Morning Herald. In the article 'How giving clubs are changing the face of philanthropy', Wendy Scaife, a project director of Giving Australia 2016, stated that collective giving is on the rise. "People tell us that they are stimulated [...]
In an exciting model of collaborative funding, $134,000 has recently been granted to nine Homework Club projects in in the Northern and Western outer suburbs of Melbourne and in Bendigo, Colac, Geelong and Shepparton. The Homework Club Collaboration is our grant of the month. The Homework Club Collaboration has brought together a number of organisations [...]
A recent wealth report survey of 400 of the world’s leading private bankers and wealth advisors shows that while protecting wealth is important, they are predicting a large increase in philanthropy. No longer content with annually contributing to a few well known charities, wealthy individuals are playing a more active role in managing their finances and [...]