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2014 Annual Report: A More Giving Australia

January 1, 2015

Philanthropy Australia defines philanthropy as the planned and structured giving of money, time, information, goods and services, voice and influence to improve the wellbeing of humanity and the community. We define the philanthropic sector as trusts, foundations, organisations, families and individuals who engage in philanthropy. Our role is to support the philanthropic endeavour of our Members.

Impact investment, corporate, blended-finance

The Compass: Your Guide to Social Impact Measurement

November 1, 2014

The Compass is your guide created by Centre for Social Impact to navigating social outcomes and impact measurement. This guide is for everyone working towards the creation of positive social impact in Australia and who wants to know if they are making a difference. The Compass explores and explains key topics, concepts, questions and principles of outcomes measurement.

Impact investment, corporate, blended-finance; Tools, frameworks, effectiveness

Where the Money Goes: Private Wealth for Public Good

July 1, 2013

With this report, Gina Anderson offers a glimpse into the world of Australian philanthropy through the prism of 12 major philanthropic foundations. The report complements the work of the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission in its efforts to promote accountability through regulation and mandatory information disclosure. When it comes to transparency, however, regulation and compulsion are no substitute for a willingness on the part of philanthropic foundations to invite public scrutiny by voluntarily sharing their data and metrics. The report marks a major commitment on the part of 12 leading private foundations toward greater transparency, data gathering, and evidence-based reporting of grants and programs, and in so doing establishes their pioneering leadership in this important initiative.

Family, HNWI, and independent philanthropy; Impact investment, corporate, blended-finance

Harvest Time for The Atlantic Philanthropies - 2011-2012: Focus, Exit, and Legacy

December 31, 2012

This report is the third in a series to chronicle the concluding years of The Atlantic Philanthropies, the largest foundation ever to decide to commit its entire endowment in a limited timeframe and then close its doors.It covers events that occurred from late 2010 through September 2012, some four to five years before Atlantic expects to make its final grant commitments, including:an intense 10-month strategic planning process to narrow its grantmaking focus and set a timetable for the foundation's concluding period for each programme and each country where it operatesstaff concerns as the realities of the end of foundation set inHuman Resources' plans to help employees prepare for their post-Atlantic careers and positive reactions to the release of an explicit policy on severancean examination into the issue of grantee sustainability, particularly in countries and programmes where replacement funders are unlikely.In-depth case studies explore Atlantic's impact and the challenge of grantee sustainability in two focus areas: efforts to abolish the death penalty in the U.S. and to promote the rights of the rural poor in South Africa.

Enabling environment and civic space; Philanthropy ecosystems and infrastructure

Responding to the Victorian Bushfires: What Role for Philanthropy?

January 1, 2009

In February 2009, due to record temperatures and a prolonged heatwave, several firestorms merged and raged across the state of Victoria, culminating in Australia's worst natural disaster in recorded history. The fires were catastrophic, covering over 400,000 hectares and leaving behind over 200 fatalities, hundreds injured, and over 7,000 homeless.

Family, HNWI, and independent philanthropy

Giving Australia

January 1, 2005

Giving Australia was commissioned by the former Department of Family and Community Services, on behalf of the (now-disbanded) Prime Minister's Community Business Partnership, and presents the results of research into individual and corporate giving and volunteering in Australia. The report is now available for download from the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairss.

Family, HNWI, and independent philanthropy

Code of Practice

September 1, 2003

The voluntary Code of Practice of Philanthropy Australia is a recommendation for grantmaking Philanthropy Australia members. It encourages best practice, openness and transparency in all aspects of grantmaking.

Asia-Pacific; Transparency and accountability

Making Community Philanthropy Work: Overcoming Legal and Regulatory Barriers Facing Community Foundations in Australia

February 1, 2003

This report explains the legal barriers that community foundations confront in Australia and makes recommendations about a simpler structure and tax status for community foundations drawing on overseas and local examples.

Grassroots and community philanthropy

Survey of Australian Philanthropic Trusts and Foundations 2002

January 1, 2003

This survey report presents a basic framework of Australia's philanthropic sector, analyzing the characteristics of the respondent organizations and showing detailed data on their grant making policies and practices. It summarizes the main findings, such as: the concentration of trusts, foundations in Victoria; the impact of geographic location of trusts and foundations; governance of trusts and foundations, management structure, assets and investments, grant making policies and practices, grant making exclusions, grant making priorities and grants made last year.

Family, HNWI, and independent philanthropy

Global Civil Society: An Overview

January 1, 2003

Drawing on the findings of the Johns Hopkins Comparative Nonprofit Sector Project, this report provides a broad overview of the civil society sector in countries spanning all six inhabited continents and includes just-released data on developing countries in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. The report provides a comparative overview of the civil society sector in 35 countries; analyzes the scope, size, composition, and financing of the sector, including new data on nonprofit employment, volunteering, expenditures, and revenues; examines geographic patterns and characteristics of the nonprofit sector; and presents data in dozens of easy-to-read charts.

Data and technology, Information and Communications; Enabling environment and civic space

Philanthropy and Law in Asia: A Comparative Study of the Non-profit Legal Systems in Ten Asia Pacific Societies

January 1, 1999

A collection of reports from ten Asian nations (Australia, China, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, The Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam), this publication provides a comparison of the laws and public policy regulating and influencing the nonprofit sectors in those countries. A helpful guide for governments, nonprofits, foundations, and international organizations who wish to understand the ways in which nonprofits are regulated and structured throughout the region.

Asia-Pacific; Enabling environment and civic space; Philanthropy ecosystems and infrastructure

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