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Paying what it takes: Funding indirect cost to create long-term impact

March 23, 2022

Not-for-profit indirect costs are not being covered by funders in Australia, leading to lower capability and effectiveness across the sector.New research by SVA and CSI has shown that NFPs are underinvesting in critical capabilities, thanks to a belief that funders are unwilling to fund the full cost of impact. Solving this issue requires substantial shifts across NFPs, philanthropy, government, the public and the media to ask the question – are we paying what it takes?

Philanthropy Australia Strategic Map 2017-2020

October 4, 2016

Infographic of Philanthropy Australia's collective community of funders, grant-makers, social investors and change agents.  

U.S. Foundation Funding for Australia

February 24, 2016

"U.S. Foundation Funding for Australia", the first report of its kind, is part of a larger project involving the United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney, Philanthropy Australia, and Foundation Center. A primary goal of this partnership is to improve awareness and understanding in Australia of the U.S. philanthropic sector, while also strengthening philanthropic ties between the two countries and demonstrating the value of transparency within the not-for-profit sector. In the current report, we examine the priorities of U.S. foundation funding to organizations located in Australia, as well as funding for organizations supporting causes in Australia. The quantitative analysis is based on grantmaking data from among the largest U.S. foundations. The report also presents perspectives of U.S. and Australian funders on the current role of philanthropy in Australia, specific challenges and opportunities, and what is needed to achieve greater impact.

Philanthropy Australia Annual Report 2017

September 15, 2015

Philanthropy Australia 2017 Annual Report.

2014 Annual Report: A More Giving Australia

January 1, 2015

Philanthropy Australia defines philanthropy as the planned and structured giving of money, time, information, goods and services, voice and influence to improve the wellbeing of humanity and the community. We define the philanthropic sector as trusts, foundations, organisations, families and individuals who engage in philanthropy. Our role is to support the philanthropic endeavour of our Members.

Responding to the Victorian Bushfires: What Role for Philanthropy?

January 1, 2009

In February 2009, due to record temperatures and a prolonged heatwave, several firestorms merged and raged across the state of Victoria, culminating in Australia's worst natural disaster in recorded history. The fires were catastrophic, covering over 400,000 hectares and leaving behind over 200 fatalities, hundreds injured, and over 7,000 homeless.

Making Community Philanthropy Work: Overcoming Legal and Regulatory Barriers Facing Community Foundations in Australia

February 1, 2003

This report explains the legal barriers that community foundations confront in Australia and makes recommendations about a simpler structure and tax status for community foundations drawing on overseas and local examples.

Survey of Australian Philanthropic Trusts and Foundations 2002

January 1, 2003

This survey report presents a basic framework of Australia's philanthropic sector, analyzing the characteristics of the respondent organizations and showing detailed data on their grant making policies and practices. It summarizes the main findings, such as: the concentration of trusts, foundations in Victoria; the impact of geographic location of trusts and foundations; governance of trusts and foundations, management structure, assets and investments, grant making policies and practices, grant making exclusions, grant making priorities and grants made last year.

Philanthropy Australia. Code of Practice

April 1, 2002

This voluntary Code of Practice constitutes a recommendation for full Grantmaking Philanthropy Australia members. Its aim is to encourage best practice, openness and transparency in all aspects of grantmaking by these member organisations, whether they are family foundations, corporate foundations or corporate giving programmes, community foundations, private foundations or government-initiated foundations.