The dictionary definition of philanthropy is ‘the desire to promote the welfare of others, expressed especially by the generous donation of money to good causes’. Promoting the welfare of others is a fundamental strong suit most stable countries value. This is not unique to Australia.
But what exactly defines Australian philanthropy?
Impressively we have more than 3,000 philanthropic organisations. Even more impressive is that in 2014 Australian charities collectively raked in $103 billion (of which $6.8 billion were donations).
So we know Australia is making a strong effort for its philanthropies. But where do we look for leadership? What is profit with purpose and does it really work? And then, maybe most importantly, how can we build a national culture of philanthropy where giving is intrinsic to the fabric of our families and the wider community?
For the next two months, Open Forum will talk with local humanitarians, altruistic groups and organisations that are giving while building their business, in order to get a better grasp of Australia’s philanthropic involvement.
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- How doing good is good for business and how Yoobi and the ‘one for one’ model is changing the way we shop and give – by Lance Kalish
- Building a national culture of philanthropy – by Catherine Fritz-Kalish
- 4 reasons why NGOs need to invest more in training – by Janine Cahill
- Preparing for the Future – Do or Die for Non-Profit Boards – by David Knowles
- A guide to turning first half success into second half significance – by John Sikkema
- Not for profit (r)evolution – by Debra Cupitt
- One BarbeCURE at a time – by Victoria Kvisle
- If I were the Federal Treasurer… – by Belinda Lucas
- 10 years, 100 friends, $10,000 for research to honour a lost loved one at Mother’s Day Classic – by Belinda Hendriksen
- Prader-Willi Syndrome: gateway to understanding obesity and mental illness – by Kathlene Jones
- Help replace pain and fear with joy and laughter on Starlight Day – by Karen Kennedy
- Understanding philanthropic giving in Australia – by Wendy Scaife
- Understanding schizophrenia – do what you can do – by Rob Ramjan
- Can reflecting on the past help to design a better future? – by Ilana McCorquodale
- Thread Together: from donor-dependent to self-sustainable – by Greg Fisher
- Is Profit for Purpose the next big disruption in the not-for-profit sector? – by Geoff Gourley