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Latest sector news

Australia’s top corporate givers revealed – Australian Financial Review  

The list outlines the companies, the donations made as well as what percentage of their profits were given.  


State of volunteering regional report volunteering in New Zealand’s regions 2023 

A report that researched both volunteers and volunteering organisations in New Zealand. Insights and findings were grouped into 4 themes: The Volunteer Experience and Landscape; Recruitment and Retention; Equality, Diversity, and Inclusion; Digitisation 


From the Center for Effective Philanthropy. The effects of MacKenzie Scott’s large, unrestricted gifts and the trust gap: What funders can learn from MacKenzie Scott’s giving 

The research into the untied funding and donations that MacKenzie Scott has made in the USA shows the impact and importance of this type of giving. 



Australians Investing in Women (AIIW): State of gender-wise giving: 2023 Survey Results 

AIIW conducted a survey of Australia’s top 50 corporate and philanthropic donors to determine whether gender influences decisions on giving. Just over a third of corporate respondents state a commitment to gender equity when making decisions on community investments and giving. The survey included responses from 32% of the top 50 corporate donors and 30% of the top 50 philanthropic donors from the AFR Philanthropy 50 List in Australia. 


We love reading annual reviews and updates from Philanthropic foundations, trustee companies and industry specialists. This month we have been reading: 

Equity Trustees – December insights: https://view.publitas.com/equity-trustees/horizon-december-2023/page/1  and 2023 giving highlights: https://www.eqt.com.au/givingreview

Paul Ramsay 2023 Annual Reviewhttps://assets-global.website-files.com/62b998c0c9af9f65bba26051/657791eab6eb45cc1e42bc8b_2023_PRF_AnnualReview.pdf  

The John Villiers Trust Annual Report 2023https://jvtrust.org.au/news-resources/news/

Future Generation Summit 2023 – Access the insights: https://futuregeninvest.com.au/2023/11/03/future-generation-summit-2023/  

Cliff Obrecht on how to give thoughtfully – vodcast (with transcript) – Daniel Petre and Canva’s co-founder Cliff Obrecht discuss a practical way to start giving early and how keeping billions of dollars was never an option for him and his wife Mel (Canva’s co-founder and CEO). 


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