Philanthropy Australia works to facilitate, advocate, educate, engage, communicate and promote giving for its Members.

Philanthropy Australia Members belong to a movement of people and organisations who believe in the importance of giving effectively, and who strive to help Australia become a giving nation.

We offer a large range of formal and informal ways to enhance your giving, including:

Funder Central

Funder Central is a Funder Interest Area Program on the Member section of our website that gives our Members access to up-to-date, relevant information on a range of cause areas. The funder hub includes information on more than 50 different interest and funding areas.

Each area is moderated by a funder, who posts articles, statistics, white papers, research findings and other interesting information on the cause area. The pages are updated on a regular basis. The Moderators are always happy to receive suggestions and content from their peers – contact details are available on Funder Central.  

Brown Paper Bag Lunches

A number of Members are hosting informal Brown Paper Bag lunches at their offices for other funders to hear about their work, granting strategies, challenges and/or case studies. The lunches provide an informal avenue for funders to hear about how other funders go about their work.Dates, hosts, registration details and other information is provided in the Member section of the website and Philanthropy Weekly in the lead up to the event.

Networks & Peers

The opportunity to participate in the wider philanthropic community; Members come together to discuss issues and concerns relevant to the sector, and to share information and learn from one another's experience (Funder & Network Groups)


Access to information, inspiration and research via the Member only section of our website.

Philanthropy Weekly

Philanthropy Weekly is Philanthropy Australia’s enewsletter, providing access to up-to-the-minute news and views from our sector. 

Sent every Tuesday to our Members and Associates, Philanthropy Weekly,  brings you our media monitoring service, including daily, weekly and monthly publications as well as relevant online sites. The newsletter also features major donations, grant rounds, sector and PA initiatives, new appointments and opportunities, co-partnership call outs, awards, white papers & reports, policy & research updates, sector events and more. 

If you are a Member or Associate and don’t currently receive Philanthropy Weekly in your inbox on Tuesdays and would like to, please email

Professional Development & Learning

Access to regular introductory and best practice conferences and workshops.

Policy & advocacy

As the peak body for philanthropy we work to service and educate members and the broader philanthropic sector, and raise the profile of philanthropy through advocacy and public policy debate.

We work with federal and state governments to encourage their understanding, support of, and engagement with, the philanthropic sector. We also work with government to encourage the creation of incentives for giving, and the removal of disincentives. Legislative changes that may affect our members and the sector are also monitored, and are communicated to Members via our policy alerts.

Our Members are given the opportunity to provide ministers and government departments with input to policy decisions via our funders groups. Members also recieve our Policy & Regulatory Alerts.

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Debate: Is philanthropy future ready?


  • Tony Kalm, One Acre Fund 
  • Sue Cunningham, CASE
  • Michael Lynch AM, Sydney Community Foundation


  • Lani Evans, Vodafone NZ Foundation
  • José Pedro Ferrão, United Way
  • Caitriona Fay, Perpetual Limited