Australia’s grant-making charities in 2016: an analysis of structured philanthropy and other grant-makers

Charities Community sector Community-based social services Not for profit sector Australia

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.

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