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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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 [...]
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.
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 [...]
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 [...]
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,” [...]