What’s Next for Philanthropy in Australia?

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It’s been a big year for philanthropy in the Asia-Pacific. There was the establishment of Jack Ma’s record-breaking charitable trust fund, there were multi-million dollar gift pledges made to healthcare in Indonesia, and there was Paul Ramsay’s $3 billion bequest. And still there’s more to come.

Philanthropy Australia‘s biennial national conference in Melbourne is back for 2014. Focusing on “conversation, collaboration, and connection,” this year’s conference brings together a diverse group of speakers to discuss everything from digital philanthropy to engaging indigenous communities. The conference will be held September 2 – 3. To learn more about it and register, visit the National Conference site here. (Early bird registration ends July 4).

The conference outreach team shared with Asian Philanthropy Forum a few more details about the conference in the land down under. Check out our Q&A below!


This is Philanthropy Australia’s fifth biennial conference. What can attendees expect to be fresh and exciting this year?

Philanthropy Australia has run conferences in 2005, 2008, 2010 and 2012. This is the first conference to be run under CEO Louise Walsh and features an extensive list of international key notes and philanthropic thought-leaders in this space. This is also the first time the PA conference has developed Day 2, designed specifically for the needs of grant funders.

The panels cover everything from indigenous giving to philanthropy in the age of Justin Bieber and adapting best practices from Silicon Valley. With so much to choose from, how do you suggest people to get the most out of the event?

Everyone can get access to all the Day 1 programming so you won’t miss anything. Day 2 has been designed for the needs of grant funders, so participants will need to make some choices….there are some hard decisions to make if you fund in more than one cause area! It’s a good idea to send more than one person from a foundation to cover more than one cause area during the morning of Day 2. Day 2 afternoon choices are segmented by corporate giving and private giving.

If there is at least one concrete action or change in Australian philanthropy that happens as a result of this conference, what would you like it to be?

We want to see delegates being exposed to the great work that the likes of the Foundation Center in the US do. Exposure to the very best practices and thought leadership from the US, Canada, and the UK is a big aim. We want funders to walk away with the ability to think and dream bigger.

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