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Getting philanthropy to ‘yoga status’


In an article for Pro Bono News, Louise Kuramoto, Head of Philanthropy & Impact, shares five lessons the Australian Communities Foundation learned from a recent trip to the United States. "It’s often said that philanthropic practice in the US is years ahead of Australia. It’s been a point of contention for many of us who [...]

Getting philanthropy to ‘yoga status’2019-10-08T01:50:53+00:00

‘Philanthropy can help drive complacent or unimaginative governments to think differently about issues’: Peter McMullin


By Nicole Richards   The twin themes of community and collective effort have underpinned Peter McMullin’s philanthropic journey for as long as he can remember. “I’ve always been involved in community life,” Peter says, “so the transition from community engagement to philanthropy felt like a fairly seamless one over time.” The convergence of Peter’s personal [...]

‘Philanthropy can help drive complacent or unimaginative governments to think differently about issues’: Peter McMullin2019-10-07T18:00:37+00:00

Partnerships for change: Ganbina and the Beeton Family Fund


Our relationship with Ganbina goes all the way back to 2007, and it has been a pleasure to support this organisation and watch it grow ever since. Through our giving community, Australian Communities Foundation has been able to connect Ganbina with funders, knowing that the experience they will have will be memorable. Sue Beeton from [...]

Partnerships for change: Ganbina and the Beeton Family Fund2019-06-25T17:03:18+00:00

Fund profile: Spend It Well


Spend It Well is an Australian charity and ACF sub fund that has built 9 schools in remote parts of East Timor in the last 10 years. Ninety per cent of East Timor’s infrastructure – including schools – was destroyed in the violence that followed its independence in 1999. As a result, many of the [...]

Fund profile: Spend It Well2019-06-28T09:24:06+00:00

Case study: Forbes James


Forbes James, Director of The Wealth Mentoring Group, has been recommending ACF to his clients for more than seven years. He’s also a member of the ACF community himself, having set up his own sub-fund. “I’d always had a personal interest in philanthropy,” Forbes explains. “The topic had come up with a number of clients, [...]

Case study: Forbes James2019-06-06T15:12:27+00:00

The Anna Rose and Simon Sheikh Family Fund


“My husband Simon and I have both cared about social and environment justice since we were kids. I grew up in a farming family and when I was fourteen the millennium drought shook me to the core, leading me to get involved in climate change activism. My first campaign was against a proposed new BHP [...]

The Anna Rose and Simon Sheikh Family Fund2019-06-04T15:12:56+00:00

Tackling Inequality Donor Circle with ACF funders


The Tackling Inequality Donor Circle on Tuesday 7 May was quite the learning experience. The discussion made it very clear that there is immense value in bringing legal services into health settings. Thanks to our funders for showing a keen interest in exploring new ways of achieving justice both systematically and at a grassroots level. Also, a big [...]

Tackling Inequality Donor Circle with ACF funders2019-05-17T10:48:15+00:00