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Volunteering, your way with Vollie


May 8-14 is National Volunteer Week— the annual celebration of Australia’s six million volunteers. Social enterprise and online volunteer marketplace, Vollie, is determined to see that figure grow.

Round-up of the latest philanthropy reports


The five characteristics of the millennial philanthropist mindset; Australia’s top 50 private givers; Philanthropy and Philanthropists; 50 years of philanthropy in the US and more.


Lost conversations in philanthropy

Who’s ready to talk about failure in philanthropy? Fiona Higgins is. Here she ponders three reasons why we fail to talk about failure and gives an account of one of her own philanthropy fails.


Dollars & Sense: New social enterprise book project

Noted philanthropist and impact investor, Geoff Harris, is backing a new book project to promote the social enterprise in Australia, while aiming to put something back into the social enterprise sector with grants funded from the book’s innovative sponsorship model.

Gift table

Recent donations, grants and corporate partnerships

  • Australia Post’s Our Neighbourhood Trust to FRRR's Cyclone Debbie Recovery Fund


  • Impact100 Sydney to Leichardt Women’s Community Health Centre


  • ANZ Banking Group to FRRR's Repair-Restore-Renew Fund


  • Ian Potter Foundation to Victoria University

    $5 million

  • Jack Ma Foundation to University of Newcastle

    $26.4 million

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