Philanthropic sector

Briefing paper

10 Oct 2018

Despite the federal government pledge under the Paris Agreement, there is strong evidence that the climate change mitigation actions being taken by Australia are not sufficient to meet our fair share of global emissions reductions.


Information, insight and observation for the benefit of donors and fundraisers
26 Sep 2018

The concept of a charitable organisation may need to be reimagined, as governments look to pay for success, donors move away from hand-outs and charity leaders have begun to reposition their organisations as sustainable social enterprises, according to this report.


19 Aug 2018

The growth of Asian diaspora communities and understanding the nature of Asian-Australian giving is essential for Australia's traditional philanthropic sector to engage more closely with Asian-Australian donors to ensure common goals and visions are achieved.


15 May 2018

There is optimism about the future of philanthropy in Australia and a genuine desire to continue to develop best practice approaches to social impact by both grant makers and grant seekers. All those interviewed for this report were united in their commitment to address serious...


28 Mar 2018

This step-by-step guide takes you through the main tasks and what they involve to set up an outcomes management approach for your organisation. Part one covers defining how you create the change.


14 Mar 2018

This report contributes to a growing body of information about the rich and diverse social, economic and cultural contributions that charities make in Australia and internationally. This report also recognises the value of Australia’s charities and strengthens capacity for evidence-based regulation.


Making the case for philanthropic support for advocacy
14 Feb 2018

Civil society, including charities, not-for-profits and philanthropy, is a key part of our democracy. Charities are constantly advocating for a better Australia, but they can’t do this alone.


Background statistical paper
2 Aug 2017

Private sector support for the arts in Australia, highlights the essential role philanthropy and corporate sponsorship plays in the sustainability of the Australia’s creative sector.


28 Jul 2017

This research study, drawing on the views of more than 1200 grantseekers, reveals a huge amount of effort is being wasted on abandoned grant applications, large organisations are increasingly scooping up the small grants too, and pressure is building on local government to shell out...


A report prepared by Creative Partnerships Australia for the Department of Social Services to assist the work of the Prime Minister’s Community Business Partnership
12 Jul 2017

This research draws on the experience of collective giving groups located across Australia and includes perspectives of organisations that host giving groups as well as charities which received grants from the giving groups.



13 Feb 2017

Despite the enormous number of charities in the world, more are established every year – and many also disappear. Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission data shows that, since 2012, 8,500 charities have been registered and more than 13,500 have been revoked.

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18 Aug 2016

Wealth in Australia is becoming heavily concentrated among a tiny, super-wealthy elite. Manifestations of this inequality include signs of obscene wealth and extreme poverty.

Governments are struggling to tackle this problem. But could philanthropy be part of the solution?

The altruistic behaviour of...


4 Dec 2015

The Australian Charities Report 2014 is the first analysis of its kind, revealing previously unknown facts about the finances and sustainability of Australia’s charity sector.

Produced by the Centre for Social Impact in partnership with the Social Policy Research Centre at the University of...


14 Oct 2014

Ageing in a multicultural Australia has been identified by the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation (The Foundation) as a key priority area going forward. The Ageing Well in Three Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CALD) Communities research project was an exploratory two-stage project which sought to discover...

Literature review

30 Sep 2012

This paper is the first output of a project entitled Beyond charity: the engagement of the philanthropic and homelessness sectors in Australia . The report has two purposes. First, it outlines the focus of, and rationale for, this empirical research investigating the engagement of the...


1 Jul 2010

This guide will help not-for-profit cultural organisations and individual artists understand the formalities associated with receiving philanthropic gifts. Compiled by Louise Wlash of the Australia Council's Artsupport program, this is your one-stop-shop for tax and legal information about philanthropic fundraising.

The guide includes:...


13 Oct 2005

Coordinated by ACOSS, this comprehensive research project found that Australians and businesses are giving and volunteering more than ever before, contributing more than $11 billion in 2004. An additional $2 billion was provided by 10.5 million Australians who lent their support by participating in raffles,...



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