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Philanthropy Learning Library

Philanthropy handbooks and guides and unlimited access to Philanthropy Australia’s extensive library of webinars and recorded workshops/seminars. Please note: All current Members and Associates – have access as part of their membership and can access via the Membership Portal.

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Guiding Principles for Collaboration between Government and Philanthropy

Launched in July 2012, Guiding Principles for Collaboration Between Government and Philanthropic Organisations is a new resource for those practicing, or interested in, cross-sectoral collaborations.

Developed by the Office for the Community Sector, Department of Planning and Community Development in Victoria and Philanthropy Australia, Guiding Principles offers a set of pointers to facilitate successful partnerships.

There are 15 key principles, structured under four headings:

1. Creating the environment
2. Shaping partnerships and building relationships
3. Decision making and Management practices, and
4. Evaluation and sustainability

Guiding Principles forms a framework for approaching new, and strengthening existing, collaborations between philanthropic and government co-funders of the not-for-profit sector.

 Foundation Project Summary Report

 Research Report and Case Studies which underpin the principles

The Foundation Project - report and template forms

The Foundation Project is an initiative sponsored by the Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation on behalf of the following organisations:

  • Helen Macpherson Smith Trust
  • The Myer Foundation and Sidney Myer Fund
  • Perpetual
  • The Ian Potter Foundation
  • The RE Ross Trust
  • Philanthropy Australia
  • Queensland University of Technology – Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies.

The key outputs from The Foundation Project are a set of core principles for grant application and reporting information as well as a common application form and acquittal report for small grants.

Grant-makers are encouraged to trial the common form templates and to provide feedback on them to Philanthropy Australia.

Foundation Project Summary Report

Download the Small Grants Application Form

Small Grants Acquittal Report Form


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