Denver Post: Women of all ages and stages of life are more generous than their male counterparts
Social Change Central: Whether you believe ‘social enterprise’ is just a buzzword or have a strict definition for what it means, or if you simply don’t care… what you think is important.
The Australian: In an age when terrorism has put immigration under the spotlight like never before, John Gandel is living proof of the benefits to the economy of Australia’s multicultural society.
The Australian: David Paradice, one of Australia’s hottest stock pickers, approaches his generous philanthropy in much the same way as his unique investment style — and wants to push companies to be better environmental stewards.
The Australian: For Josephine and Tony Sukkar, building their construction business Buildcorp and their passion for supporting rugby, women in sport and other philanthropic ventures has always been a joint venture.
The Atlantic: The founder of LinkedIn talks about how wealthy Americans can use their money to make a difference.
CNBC: In Silicon Valley, even philanthropy is hyper-competitive. Giving away part of a sudden fortune is not as easy as it sounds when the donor wants to be a hands-on philanthropist.
William & Flora Hewlett Foundation: A wide range of potential interventions have been proposed to improve the role of facts in political discourse. None of them alone would solve the problem but several together might hold promise.
SSIR: To promote innovation, support risk. To support risk, first build trust.
APS: The former Westpac chief executive has been appointed to the board of Australian Philanthropic Services (APS), a not-for-profit organisation that inspires and supports effective philanthropy.
VWT: A wrap-up of the Victorian Women’s Trust’s birthday party and fundraiser in honour of feminist luminary, Eve Mahlab.
One Million Donors: June is Workplace Giving month and business leaders, Andrew Bassat and Richard Murray, are encouraging their counterparts across Australia to embrace workplace giving.
BBC: When US billionaires Bill Gates and Warren Buffett held a banquet in China a few years ago to urge fellow tycoons to donate their fortunes to charity, some of their intended targets didn’t bother to turn up.
Pro Bono News: Funding for Australia’s first social impact bond for mental health and Queensland’s first social benefit bond uniting children in out-of-home care with their families has reached its target one month after its launch.
Nonprofit Quarterly: Based on preliminary study data, there are more than 1,300 active giving circles and, in addition, 525 chapters of giving circle federations in the U.S.
Huffington Post: What happens when philanthropic practices are guided by ethics?
Inside Philanthropy: The Patterson Foundation joins a rather short list institutional and individual funders stepping up to not only do their part to alleviate the suffering of the world’s refugee population.
Forbes: Millennials are often drawn to jobs that allow them make an impact on their community through the work they do each day as well as the volunteer opportunities their employer offers throughout the year.
Financial Review: A new approach to philanthropy is emerging that focuses less on merely giving money and more on intangibles such as providing connections, time and expertise.
Inside Philanthropy: Millennial women give very differently than their mothers or grandmothers ever did in the past or do now today.
Forbes: There’s a critical gap in our social safety net that philanthropy alone can’t fix.
Forbes: The Giving Pledge, an elite network of big philanthropic givers, has gained 14 new members from 7 countries, including Australian slot machine billionaire, Len Ainsworth.
The Australian: The commonwealth government has signalled its intent to take a greater role in fostering a vibrant impact investing market.
EQT: In dollar terms, the State Government’s $3 million, makes it a four-to-one return on the McEwen Foundation’s contribution.
The Mandarin: Increased rigour in evaluation is one of the oft-touted reasons for using social impact bonds, but some providers worry it’s sucking up resources for service delivery.
Pro Bono: Dr Jason Franklin talks about philanthropists engaging in fights for justice, the importance of celebrating generosity and why giving has to move at the speed of trust.
Courier Mail: We need to back big-scale philanthropists, because they go where governments fear to tread.
Impact100 Sydney North: The deadline for EOI applications for projects helping children and young people at risk in the Greater Sydney region has been extended.
Pro Bono: If philanthropy could embrace its quirks, we might spend less time theorising about unreachable goals for “strategic philanthropy” and more time focusing on what is practically achievable.
Financial Review: Not only can giving have specific benefit for the recipients, if it is done publicly, it can encourage others to follow suit.
The Conversation: The announcement again highlighted that philanthropy in Australia really is coming of age.
Guardian: Philanthropy from wealthy individuals is many things: generous, inspiring, and selfless. But it is also inherently undemocratic.
SSIR: In a global development sector tight on resources, partnerships should shut down after accomplishing (or failing to achieve) their missions.
Versaic: Four steps that can help ensure your story truly reflects your company’s core business and values.
Inside Philanthropy: Funders are being pulled between staying the course with existing programs and rushing to meet new needs that seem to emerge daily.
ABC: Mining magnate Andrew “Twiggy” Forrest and his wife Nicola are donating $400 million to be used for a number of causes, including cancer research and the eradication of slavery.
Financial Review: The $400 million gift to society by Andrew and Nicola Forrest is certainly at the extreme edge of modern philanthropy in Australia but it’s also leading an even bigger trend occurring in business circles.
Think Advisor: In 2016, 209 leading impact investors committed a total of $22.1 billion into 7,951 impact investments.
Financial Standard: A new initiative to support the development of Australia and New Zealand’s impact investment market has been launched by Responsible Investment Association Australasia and Impact Investing Australia.
Fast Company: Newman’s Own pioneered the idea of a philanthropic enterprise. Now, it’s helping to coalesce a new movement.
The Australian: It makes sense to give to charities — it’s a tax-effective way to support the community and direct help to where it’s needed the most.
Forbes: You don’t have to be the founder of a billion-dollar tech giant to get started with philanthropy. All you need is the desire to help others, and the willingness to put in the effort to make a change.
Community Scoop: Three New Zealanders were recognised for their dedication to making a positive difference at the inaugural Philanthropy New Zealand Awards.
Xero: As a committed philanthropist, Winkler has informed Xero that he will seek to distribute 100% of Givia’s assets over approximately a 10 year time frame.
Inside Philanthropy: At the moment, the Obama Foundation is mostly focused on the Obama Presidential Center (OPC) on Chicago’s South Side.
SSIR: As philanthropists seek to drive philanthropic impact in the Trump era, they must reassess their strategies and approaches, and consider new opportunities while remaining true to their beliefs.
Fast Company: A new report from the foundation, called A Philanthropist’s Guide to the Future, lays out a path forward for how to better fund societal change.
Inside Philanthropy: It may come as a surprise to some, but Microsoft Philanthropies is a fairly new outfit.
SSIR: An in-depth look at an environmental education collaborative during the early stages of its collective impact process.
Impact100 Sydney North: Applications for the inaugural $100,000 high impact grant are open. Projects helping children and young people at risk in the Greater Sydney region can submit an EOI by Friday 2 June.
Canon: Canon Australia has partnered with local charities; Cancer Council Australia, Australian Red Cross and Starlight Children’s Foundation, to give consumers an opportunity to support them.
GiveEasy: The 2017 GiveEasy Innovation Index has reported a 9 per cent increase in innovation performance for Australian not-for-profits in the last 12 months.
Pro Bono: The federal government will partner with the states and territories and other stakeholders to trial social impact investing (SII) to determine the effectiveness of outcomes-focused investing in improving housing and welfare for young people.
SSIR: Foundation leaders know the social sector needs more and better collaboration for impact, but four barriers often get in the way.
Pro Bono News: A voice needs a body… To have an effective sector voice we need an effective and well-resourced sector body.
Inside Philanthropy: Beyoncé’s new Formation Scholars initiative seems like a new level of intentionality in her philanthropy.
SSIR: Four lessons from one foundation’s effort to put systems thinking into practice.
Entrepreneur: Sometimes there is a better way to help than writing a check.
Chronicle of Philanthropy: It’s an opportune moment to assess philanthropy’s response to the cultural and political changes buffeting the country.
Alternet: The artist and musician has a new vision for community and sustainable farming—and yes, he is Warren’s son.
Forbes: The leaders of integrating purpose and profit are redefining the concept of philanthropy.
Chronicle of Philanthropy: Now that the first 100 days of Trump administration have come and gone, it’s fair to say the philanthropic sky hasn’t fallen.
Inside Philanthropy: This forward-thinking funder supports food and agriculture in Native American communities, including food sovereignty, meaning food production that is sustainable, healthy and driven locally by native communities
Financial Review: The Paul Ramsay Foundation sits atop the inaugural Philanthropy 50 list, which details the top private gifts across the country in the financial year to June 30, 2016.
Coutts: Risk often takes on a negative connotation, but in philanthropy it can be positive or even necessary.
Inside Philanthropy: Mike Bloomberg, one of philanthropy’s biggest crusaders against coal, is now funding efforts to rebuild local economies that have suffered as the industry has collapsed.
The Australian: Shared value investing has now become a true asset class that has opened doors for groups such as the Myer philanthropic foundation to provide true risk capital for start-up business, according to new Myer Family Investments chairman Sidney Myer.
Nonprofit Quarterly: A small size can enable a certain flexibility and responsiveness that can drive change perhaps even more effectively than the most competent big budget efforts.
Financial Times: Givers have been criticised for wielding disproportionate power over public life.
Inside Philanthropy: Today’s new donors are quite heterogeneous in their backgrounds, thinking, and approaches.
Huffington Post: Trump’s federal budget will make philanthropy even more critical than it is today in the United States for promoting the common good and equality of opportunity for all and not just the privileged few.
Philanthropy News Digest: The informal “Pulse Check” survey looked at how changes today in politics may impact philanthropic behaviour in the year ahead, both in terms of giving practices and investments.
Huffington Post: At the Pollination Project, our team has used a decentralized “flow funding” model, all over the world, to reach activists and projects that are otherwise cut off from traditional funding sources.
Investment News: It is time to put the old perceptions and uninformed impressions to rest
The Australian: Aggressive Melbourne fund manager Impact Investment Group has entered the Sydney hotel market for the first time, buying the yet to be completed Four Points by Sheraton hotel at Central Park as well as a significant parcel of office space in a deal worth nearly $190 million.
All donations received for Drakulic’s participation in the CEO Sleepout 2017 will once again be matched dollar-for-dollar by Gandel Philanthropy.
New York Times: Big philanthropic donations garner big attention. And any criticism of them often comes long after the ribbon-cutting, and even then it can seem churlish.
SSIR: A growing number of US foundations are adopting practices based on systems change to achieve their goals in the current political environment.
New York Times: The Foundation is now in the vanguard of an approach to endowment management that breaks with generations of investment orthodoxy.
SSIR: You don’t have to be one of the nation’s largest foundations or committed to 100 percent for mission to have a major impact.
Quartz: to Facebook, giving back means focusing on social media.
Brisbane Times: Flight Centre founder Graham Turner and his wife, Jude Turner, launched the collaboration with the University of Queensland at their Spicers Hidden Vale retreat at Grandchester, west of Brisbane.
Inside Philanthropy: After years of paying lip service to the concepts of diversity and inclusion, some charities have completely restructured their operations—going well beyond the tokenism that has angered and alienated minority communities for years.
Social Traders: “It’s the role of philanthropy to drive social innovation and support organisations working to do things differently in order to make a difference” – Natalie Elliott, William Buckland Foundation.
Washington Post: The philanthropy established by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar will contribute $100 million to support investigative journalism, fight misinformation and counteract hate speech around the world.
Perpetual: A landmark report on Australia’s philanthropic sector has revealed philanthropists are placing the organisations behind the causes under intensifying scrutiny when determining their funding priorities.
Investor Daily: Australian Unity Trustees has appointed Caroline Whitby to a newly introduced leadership role aimed at managing the business’ philanthropic work.
SSIR: A growing number of philanthropists and nonprofits are embracing the principles of systems change as an effective way to solve the world’s biggest problems.
SSIR: For the better part of two decades, the world of philanthropy has been engaged in an important, sometimes contested, conversation about “impact”—both how we measure it and how we deliver it.
Forbes: For social entrepreneurs, it means a major endorsement of the double-bottom line approach and, of course, potentially more financing from the funds receiving the foundation’s money.
Mwah: New research conducted by Curtin University, in collaboration with Making Work Absolutely Human (mwah.), reveals that while pay, job security and hours of work count, it’s the job itself that matters most.
LMCF: Catherine Brown shares the three most important things she’s learned while working in philanthropy.
Inside Philanthropy: We are seeing more networked donor efforts spearheaded by men. And we’re seeing some male giving circles, too.
Generocity: “We don’t really invest with a gender lens, and I personally don’t, but I have invested in a lot of companies that are led by women,” said Investors’ Circle President Annarie Lyles.
The Australian: Funds manager Impact Investment Group is planning its first hotel acquisition by buying Sydney’s Four Points by Sheraton, Central Park and some associated office space in a deal worth about $190 million.
SSIR: Segmenting the field to better align expectations of risk, returns, and impact; increasing the rate of adoption with important stakeholders; and stepping up work in the United States—a look at Omidyar Network’s priorities in advancing the movement.
The Atlantic: A new book argues that the giving patterns of today’s wealthy may present challenges to the democratic process.
The Economist: But concerns linger over some features of donor-advised funds.
Guardian: Much has been made of the singer’s secret donations, but people on lower incomes give proportionately more than wealthy donors without any fanfare.
Inside Philanthropy: The Omidyar Network is providing seed funding for an Anti-Defamation League centre in Silicon Valley that will help digital companies find ways to fight online hate.
AEGN: Compiled every five years, the report provides a powerful roadmap authored by independent scientists. For philanthropists it provides an opportunity to consider how they can make a real difference to the future of our environment.
Guardian: Last of his generation in one of America’s most famous families led a network of interests both business and philanthropic, from conservation to the arts.
Think Advisor: Trump’s executive orders and proposed budget cuts affecting environmental and social programs are increasing demand for impact and ESG investments.
Wall Street Journal: Experts advise to start talking to children about philanthropy when they’re young and continue to have those discussions as they grow.
Philanthropy News Digest: African Americans are four times as likely as donors from other racial or ethnic groups to use social media to raise funds and/or awareness for a cause.
Ethical Corporation: If the likes of Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg were to put their money into impact investment instead of grants they could make a real contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals.
Inside Philanthropy: Few foundations and major donors are dedicating resources to combating what’s been called America’s worst drug crisis ever.
The Australian: La Trobe University’s first ever fundraising campaign got off to a bright start after it managed to attract $20 million in donations.
SSIR: This spring, community foundations around the US will host one-day, online giving campaigns for nonprofits in their regions. But the model needs an overhaul if it’s going to benefit more than the community foundations themselves.
Economic Times: During a trip to San Francisco, the Bain Capital top boss met philanthropist Chuck Feeney, who is one of the biggest givers of the past 100 years.
Nonprofit Quarterly: Crowdfunding generated more than $34 billion in worldwide donations, equity funding, and person-to-person lending in 2015.
William & Flora Hewlett Foundation: Given structures and technologies available right now, it is still possible for nations to transition to clean energy in a cost-effective manner and over a reasonable period of time—improving billions of lives.
Financial Standard: National Australia Bank is issuing a social bond that will enable institutional investors to directly invest in Australian organisations actively championing women and equality in the workplace.
Center for Effective Philanthropy: Through this learning process, we came to appreciate that all of our capital — intellectual, social, and financial — has a shared purpose.
Huffington Post: As millennials continue to age and start investing, more and more companies are likely to recognise potential in crowdfunding for impact investment.
The Australian: The 1 per cent pledge taken by Farquhar and Cannon-Brookes, now both 37, has evolved into a broader philanthropic movement.
Sydney Morning Herald: Australia’s original climate change-focused think-tank and lobby group will shut after it failed to replace the multi-million-dollar bequest it relied on.
Yahoo Finance: A new survey out this week to coincide with International Women’s Day says Chinese women are considerably more likely than their male counterparts to donate to philanthropic projects.
Chronicle of Philanthropy: Americans Are Sick of Foundations and Other Elite Institutions That ‘Know Best’.
SSIR: Protecting the independent media and the public sphere presents an epic challenge, but there is great opportunity for philanthropy to step up and help.
The Australian: In an age of blossoming philanthropic generosity, the latest gift from health magnate Paul Ramsay looks set to blow all records out of the water.
Equity Trustees: Increasing numbers of women are taking a leading role empowering change through philanthropy – contributing their money, expertise and leadership to charities and social enterprises.
Times of India: The number of philanthropists in India is growing by leaps and bounds.
Investment News: If implemented, the president’s policies could have a profound effect on issues that resonate with a growing number of investors: the environment, social issues and corporate governance.
The Australian: How can common investors (ie, not “sophisticated investors”) deliberately invest in assets that make a social impact?
ABC Radio: Some charities have come a long way from the days of rattling tins on street corners. Indeed, many have copied the film and TV world by crafting slick pitches to catch the attention of investors and as AM discovered, they can quickly pick up hundreds of thousands of dollars.
SSIR: The effective altruism movement could be more effective if it encouraged adoption of its principles within causes and geographies, not just across them.
LSE Business Review: We still haven’t clearly defined what we mean when we talk about impact.
ACNC: More than 1,300 registered charities are at risk of having the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) revoke their registration, for twice failing to submit their annual reports.
Inside Philanthropy: It’s about a culture of giving emerging throughout the younger provinces of the tech sector, with millennial entrepreneurs breaking down the divisions between business and philanthropy.
SSIR: A growing number of schools are advancing the pedagogy and practice of social enterprise, and today have much more to offer than they did a generation ago.
Fundraising & Philanthropy: According to Caitriona Fay, some nonprofits need to lift their game if they want to thrive in the digital world – and good governance is key.
Inside Philanthropy: It’s been hard to scale solutions that work and the amounts of money it takes to make a dent here are daunting to private funders.
SSIR: Jean Case outlines three trends that will drive scale and take impact investing to the next level.
The Telegraph: The Grammy Award-winning singer was honoured as Harvard’s 2017 Humanitarian of the Year.
Forbes: There are two keys to becoming a good social entrepreneur: intentionality and accountability.
Forbes: Rather than making random or one-off donations, they are a generation characterized by integrating the causes they care about into their daily routines and purchase behaviours.
Forbes: What if there was an investment philosophy which focused on companies that are “doing the right” thing?
SSIR: Impact investing strategies often focus on returns, but one family foundation’s sights are set on building human capacity, collaboration, and diversity in the field.
Courier Mail: A Couple who will leave a legacy of 50 affordable homes for needy families has called for more philanthropy from business to address Australia’s housing crisis.
Upworthy: One of the wealthiest women on earth, Melinda Gates, recently opened up about an unexpected secret to her success: contraceptives.
Inside Philanthropy: The best thing about the explosion of intermediaries is that this trend has made giving easier at a time when a record number of Americans hold significant wealth.
SSIR: Too many organisations concentrate on raising awareness about an issue without knowing how to translate that awareness into action.
The Australian: Almost everyone on this earth is a philanthropist. It’s not to do with money, it’s to do with giving back, whether it is time or energy, or ideas, or money.
SSIR: Many organisations are creating and disseminating knowledge about the practice of philanthropy, but does that information actually influence how funders operate?
SSIR: To bring more resources to bear on the challenges facing children and families, funders can step outside their traditional grantmaking role to invest in innovative and mission-focused efforts.
Pro Bono: If Australia wants impact investing to work better, the charity sector needs to be actively involved in the critical discussions, including the current government consultation process.
Forbes: As financial executives, we’ve seen sales soar and have achieved many of our goals. But our impact can reach far beyond how good our own bottom lines look.
Inside Philanthropy: Bill and Melinda Gates’ latest annual letter takes stock of some of the progress they’ve made so far with their philanthropy—but leaves key questions unanswered.
Stuff: Profit and charity aren’t two words usually associated with one another, but a growing number of Kiwi entrepreneurs are mixing business with karma to create social change.
Inside Philanthropy: Community foundations are unique in the philanthrosphere in terms of the diversity of stakeholders that they need to keep happy.
nib foundation: EOIs close 17 March for a total of $1.5 million which will be allocated to new projects supporting accessible and innovative health promotion and primary prevention initiatives.
Inside Philanthropy: Last week, Spiegel and Snapchat co-founder Bobby Murphy announced the creation of the Snap Foundation, and by the looks of things, it’s going to have some serious money behind it.
Pro Bono: South Australia has launched the country’s first homelessness social impact bond, which will support 600 people through a program focused on life skills and employment pathways.
SSIR: Making our activism smart in a new political era.
SSIR: How the social sector might transform from a market for funding to a market for social impact.
SSIR: Most foundations have endowments with invested assets—but many don’t see themselves as institutional investors. As a result, they are leaving behind some of their influence.