This report provides detailed analysis of the characteristics and contributions of Australia’s grantmaking charities. It uses the Annual Information Statement (AIS) provided by charities to the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) for the 2016 reporting period. Together, this information shows the characteristics and activities of 10,398 Australian charities which were involved in grant-making in 2016. A high proportion of these (63.9%) were involved in structured philanthropy, operating as private ancillary funds (PAFs), public ancillary funds (PuAFs) or other trusts.
By distinguishing between the types of charities involved in grant-making the report contributes detailed knowledge about the diversity of Australia’s grant-making sector. It shows how charities are involved in grant-making through a range of legal structures. While some are highly focused on their grant-making activities, others distribute grants or donations in addition to delivering services or performing other charitable activities.