Upcoming Seminars and Workshops

The Funding Network Melbourne

Start: October 19 @ 5:30 pm
End: October 19 @ 5:30 pm
Venue: Clayton Utz
Level 18, 333 Collins Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3000 Australia

Ignite Impact Masterclass – Strategy in Action

Want to master your strategic planning and maximise the impact of your organisation?

Many organisations struggle to execute efficiently on their strategies. It is easy to get caught up in day to day issues and to lose sight of what is important, when so much is or is perceived to be urgent.

This Masterclass, led by expert facilitator Mark Osborn, will guide you through an established methodology to better articulate your organisational strategy, engage team members in the process to ensure their alignment, and create an easy to communicate 2-page strategy roadmap.

Join this Masterclass to learn better ways to articulate your strategic plans and give yourself the best chance to execute on your plan.

Strategy in Action is presented by Social Impact Hub, a Sydney-based social enterprise that helps social entrepreneurs, foundations and not-for-profits design, deliver, drive and demonstrate social impact.

This masterclass is part of Spark Festival.

For more information and to register visit the website.

Start: October 18 @ 1:30 pm
End: October 18 @ 4:30 pm

Ignite Impact Masterclass – Storytelling and Pitching

Want to learn how to tell a compelling story to inspire and ignite impact?

Telling your story with passion is one of the most powerful and authentic ways to inspire and grow the audience of your organisation, build new partnerships, convince investors, run a successful crowdfunding campaign, or leverage the power of the internet.

Master storytellers Tom Dawkins, Founder & CEO of StartSomeGood, and Rob Irving, experienced Pitch Coach at The Funding Network, will take you through how to plan, structure, and present your stories and pitches to really engage your audience and leave them inspired and ready to act!

Join this Masterclass to learn how to best tell your story and pitch it to maximise your outreach, impact and strike rate.

This dynamic workshop will include

  • Exploring the art and science of storytelling and pitching
  • Planning and mapping to maximise impact
  • Engaging your audience
  • Weaving your storytelling into a winning pitch
  • Practice makes perfect! Get to practice and learn from your peers

Storytelling and Pitching is presented by Social Impact Hub, a Sydney-based social enterprise that helps social entrepreneurs, foundations and not-for-profits design, deliver, drive and demonstrate social impact.

This masterclass is part of Spark Festival.

For more information and to register visit the website.

Start: October 18 @ 9:30 am
End: October 18 @ 12:30 pm

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

Melbourne Women’s Fund Forum

How does a women’s giving circle investigate the lack of economic empowerment of women in our community and its impact on today’s most pressing social issues of human rights, family violence and homelessness?

This is the topic Melbourne Women’s Fund will seek to address in its inaugural Forum “Women’s Economic Empowerment – Realities and Challenges for the Future” to be held on Friday 13 October. It will investigate how investing in women’s economic empowerment sets a direct path towards gender equality, poverty eradication and inclusive economic growth.

This topic has overarching impact on multiple areas of disadvantage affecting women and families and this forum will place an economic empowerment lens on family violence and homelessness.

Emeritus Professor Gillian Triggs will be the Keynote speaker. She is currently Chair of Justice Connect, a pro bono legal service working with women experiencing these areas of disadvantage.

Expert panellists include:

Catherine Brown CEO, LMCF; Mary Crooks AO, Executive Director of Vic Women’s Trust; Sandie de Wolf AM, CEO Berry Street; Prof. Ann Taket, Deakin University; Fiona McCormack CEO, Domestic Violence Victoria; Jeanette Large CEO Women’s Property Initiatives; Jenny Smith CEO, Council to Homeless Persons; Dr Heather Holst Dep.CEO & Director of Services & Housing, Launch Housing; Trish O’Donoghue Chief Projects Officer, Safe Steps Family Violence Response Centre.

Date: Friday 13 October 2017

Time: 8.30 registration, program starts at 9.15am

Venue: Deakin Downtown, Tower 2, Lev 12, 727 Collins St, Docklands

To buy tickets go to the website.


Start: October 13 @ 8:30 am
End: October 13 @ 3:00 pm
Venue: Deakin Downtown
Tower 2, Lev 12, 727 Collins St
Docklands, Victoria 3008 Australia

Philanthropy in the Pub – Sydney

The Benevolent Society is hosting its fourth edition of Philanthropy in the Pub, taking place on Wednesday October 11.

The event is aimed at the younger generation of philanthropists and change makers who want to create an impact.

There will be three speakers throughout the night, including:

  • CEO of Good2Give Lisa Grinham
  • Co-Founder of Catalyser
  • Law Graduate at King & Wood Mallesons

The evenings theme is workplace giving and how to create social change in a simple way.

Ticket cost: $25

For more information on the evening and to reserve a spot visit the website.

Start: October 11 @ 6:00 pm
End: October 11 @ 8:00 pm
Venue: The Imperial Hotel, 252 Oxford St, Paddington

Orphanage Tourism: How good intentions can do more harm than good

Did you know up to 80% of children in orphanages around the world are not actually orphans?

Join us for a live webcast on Tuesday 10 October to find out how children are being exploited to meet the growing demand for voluntourism, the impact it has on their long-term development and what we can all do to restore children’s safety, protection and well-being.

With Karen Flanagan AM, Child Protection Advocate and Senior Advisor at Save the Children, and Susan Pizzati, Head of Philanthropy at Save the Children

When: Tuesday 10 October 2017
Time: 1:00pm – 2.00pm (AEDT)
Where: Online – join via your computer!
Cost: Free

To register go here.

Start: October 10 @ 1:00 pm
End: October 10 @ 2:00 pm
Venue: Live Webcast

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

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

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

Gift table

Recent donations, grants and corporate partnerships

  • Community Sector Banking to 6 not-for-profit organisations tackling family violence and homelessness.


  • Sydney Community Foundation and Sydney Airport to 107 Projects


  • Ramaciotti Foundations to 7 Australian biomedical researchers

    $1.7 million

  • Christine Wilson and Family to Snowdome Foundation

    $5.5 million

  • Kennards Hire to Redkite


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