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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