Shaping the future of philanthropy

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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. Evidence of project outcomes is increasingly important and this places not-for-profits under pressure to improve their levels of transparency and reporting.


Commissioned by the Commonwealth of Australia, Giving Australia 2016 is the most extensive research project on Australia’s philanthropic sector in more than a decade. Findings from the full Philanthropy and philanthropists section of report, released this week, shed light on the evolution of philanthropy in Australia, the current barriers to giving and priorities for the future.

The changing face of philanthropy

The reasons people give echo the findings from Giving Australia 2005, with the key motivators being to make a difference and give back to the community according to personal values.


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