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Latest: Philanthropy after Brexit; MacArthur Foundation’s $100m competition; 3 cheers for the establishment; Corporate philanthropy up; Youth giving becomes a philanthropic force; Call for UK entrepreneurs to give back; Ian Potter Foundation tuning in to grantseekers; 2016 Jill Reichstein Award for Social Change winner announced; David Thomas becomes Australia’s biggest environmental donor; Impact assessment; Doing well by doing good: An interview with Steve Case; Impact investing’s social license.

Untapped potential: Philanthropy and social enterprise


What is a social enterprise? Jay Boolkin outlines the defining characteristics of social entrepreneurship and the need for more diverse funding opportunities to nurture social innovations that have the potential to change Australia and the world.

Journey to wellness: Hit 100


Karn Ghosh, founder of Hit 100, believes the next generation of philanthropists is embracing the power of business to drive positive social change.

Why we need a generation of young innovators (and $20 bosses)


The old career equation that school + uni = guaranteed job is history. Today’s young people need greater creativity and entrepreneurial thinking than ever before. Enter $20 Boss: the program that’s giving next-gen entrepreneurs as young as 12 a head start in the New Work Order.

Investing in impact: Philanthropy Australia and NAB Premium


The much discussed impact investment readiness fund, a joint initiative from National Australia Bank (NAB) and Philanthropy Australia, has officially launched with $500,000 available for nonprofits to establish and grow social enterprises.


Chris Cuffe: A philanthropist’s “voyage” Premium

Growing up in regional Australia, Chris Cuffe’s entrepreneurial spirit was ignited by a visit from the tooth fairy. He went on to preside over some of the nation’s biggest board rooms before founding Australian Philanthropic Services to make the process of philanthropic giving easier.


10 questions with Jordan O’Reilly from Hireup Premium

The founder and CEO of one of Australia’s most talked about purpose-driven businesses shares his thoughts about the catalytic potential of philanthropy, organic mentoring, why he’s wary of the social enterprise bandwagon and the importance of staying true to your social purpose.


The multiplier effect: 10x10

Through the power of the collective, 10x10 has raised more than $300,000 for 42 Australian nonprofits and is set to go global. Co-founder Jenny Newmarch shares her thoughts on next steps, corporate involvement and most valuable lessons learned.

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Recent donations, grants and corporate partnerships

  • Westpac Foundation to 100 local community organisations

    $954,000 in total

  • Dr Jeanne Pratt AC to Monash University

    $1 million

  • The Star to Taronga Conservation Society Australia

    $1.5 million

  • The Star to Chris O'Brien Lifehouse

    $1.5 million

  • The Star to Barnados Australia

    $1.5 million

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