Upcoming Seminars and Workshops

RIAA Impact Investment Forum Field Trip

On September 5 and 6, RIAA is giving advisers, trusts, foundations and family offices a unique opportunity to dive deep into the growing field of impact investing with a two-day field trip in Melbourne and Sydney. Field trip participants will engage in a broad exploration of impact investing with leading experts and practitioners.

Hear from the Myer Foundation and Small Giants family office about building a portfolio that delivers measurable positive impact, visit Nightingale Housing to better understand Australia’s needs around affordable housing and meet the trailblazers creating opportunities for investment including RE Ross Trust and Social Enterprise Finance Australia, and much much more.
Don’t miss out
This is the first field trip of its kind in Australia, and there are only 20 places, with discounts for Philanthropy Australia members. For more information and to secure your spot, please visit the website.
Start: September 5 @ 8:00 am
End: September 6 @ 5:00 pm

The Funding Network – Sydney

The Funding Network’s next giving event in Sydney will showcase three grassroots charities delivering programs that equip disadvantaged people with the right skills for the future. The event is being graciously hosted by KPMG down at Barangaroo.

The three organisations pitching are Eagles RAPS; Kookaburra Kids; and BREED.

Cost: $30.00 per attendee
Date: 6 September 2017
Time: 5.30pm for 6pm start
Venue: KPMG, Tower Three, International Towers Sydney, 300 Barangaroo Avenue, Sydney NSW 2000

For more information and to register visit the website.

Start: September 6 @ 5:30 pm
End: September 6 @ 9:00 pm
Venue: KPMG, Level 38, Tower Three, International Towers Sydney, 300 Barangaroo Avenue, Sydney

Philanthropy Meets Parliament Summit

Philanthropy Meets Parliament Summit brings together Australian funders, political leaders, and policy makers to meet at the heart of Australia’s political system. The Summit is a special event which helps philanthropy and government understand each other’s perspectives and priorities and how they can work together to achieve shared objectives.

Day 1: Monday 11 September

Philanthropy in Tumultuous Times

Day 2: Tuesday 12 September

Impact through Advocacy and Policy Influence

Early bird ends 31 July for all ticket types.

Start: September 11 @ 8:00 am
End: September 12 @ 3:30 pm
Venue: Parliament House, Canberra

Australian Communities Forum

Changing demographics, emerging technologies

The Australian Communities Forum is the nation’s one-day event focused on delivering the key demographic and social trends transforming Australian communities. A focus of this year’s event will be technology, and how organisations can best engage in these changing times.

This annual event provides compelling case studies, the latest research, practical workshops and great networking opportunities across the commercial, not-for-profit and government sectors.

Whether you are part of a community-based organisation, charity, government agency or commercial organisation with a community focus, the Australian Communities Forum will deliver the latest information in an interactive format, with innovative local examples and the sharing of great ideas.

September 15. Early bird $295 (until 18 August), Standard ticket $395

Head here for more info and to register.

Start: September 15 @ 8:30 am
End: September 15 @ 4:30 pm
Venue: Customs House
31 Alfred Street
Sydney, NSW Australia

The Funding Network – CANBERRA


The Funding Network is coming to Canberra!

This event will highlight three grassroots organisations addressing social disadvantage in the ACT community. Three finalists will receive professional coaching and the chance to pitch to a live audience for $15,000+ each.


Ticket cost: $30

For more info, to apply to pitch or to purchase tickets, head to the website or email:


Start: September 21 @ 5:30 pm
End: September 21 @ 8:00 pm
Venue: Vibe Hotel, Airport, 1 Rogan Street, Canberra

Social Enterprise World Forum 2017

The Social Enterprise World Forum is an international event for social enterprises from all over the world to come together, share wisdom, build networks and discuss how to create a more sustainable future.

The event attracts social entrepreneurs, policy makers, community leaders, investors, academics and more from all across the globe.

This year’s SEWF will be held in Christchurch, New Zealand on September 27-29, 2017.

Full program details are available here.

Start: September 27
End: November 29
Venue: Christchurch, NZ

NCFF#17 National Community Foundations Forum

Join community foundation staff, trustees and directors, representatives from the broader for-purpose sector, government and philanthropy for #NCFF17.

NCFF17 will explore the SMIRF capital of Community Foundations, that is the premise that meaningful change is achieved when Community Foundations leverage all forms of their capita: Social, Moral, Intellectual, Reputational as well as Financial.

NCFF17 will take place at the State Library Victoria in the heart of Melbourne 17-19 October 2017.

For more info visit the website.


Start: October 17 @ 8:00 am
End: October 19 @ 5:00 pm
Venue: State Library of Victoria

Philanthropy: Creating Impact and Dancing with Elephants

NFMRI’s third annual conference, “Philanthropy: Creating Impact and Dancing with Elephants”, will take place on the 21st and 22nd of November 2017.

The conference will have four themes:

Theme 1 – Political pillars: working with all levels of government: As the largest ‘elephant’, Government has great influence and the ability to prioritise, accelerate and support medical research innovation.

Theme 2 – Navigating amongst the elephants: Universities, venture capital, pharma and industry can also be elephants; they are big, each play significant roles, but navigating successfully between them and getting them to dance together and with smaller players can be complex. By working effectively and strategically, smaller players can maximise the benefits from each of the ‘elephants’.  This theme will delve deeper into the what, the how and the why that drives our elephants and demonstrate how smaller players can dance together with them to achieve success – all without being ‘trod’ on.

Theme 3 – Pathways through the jungle: Charities, trusts and foundations are generally independent, smaller players. However, they can achieve significant impact by leading change, finding new pathways and doing the things that are difficult, if not impossible, for the elephants to do.

Theme 4 – To waltz or to tango? The common denominator with philanthropists is that they want to make a difference. How this is achieved varies between individuals. This theme will provide an opportunity to hear from some of Australia’s most influential donors and learn more about their motivations and desires, how they dance with elephants and other smaller stakeholders and ultimately what it takes to work successfully with them.

For more information, visit the website.

Start: November 21 @ 8:00 am
End: November 22 @ 5:00 pm
Venue: Australian National Maritime Museum, Sydney

Gift table

Recent donations, grants and corporate partnerships

  • Newman’s Own Foundation to CanTeen


  • John Richard Kuhlmann Foundation to South West Sydney Local Health District


  • CAGES Foundation to various organisations working to improve the opportunities of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children

    $1.2 million

  • Gail Kelly to UNSW


  • Lyone Foundation to Feel the Magic Foundation, Soldier On, The Gold Foundation


See all gifts