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Philanthropy case studies, best practice and inspiration

If you want to keep your finger on the pulse of philanthropy then Generosity Forum 2021 is the place to be (virtually for the first time).

Some of Australia’s leading donors, funders, and philanthropy experts will share their knowledge and experience on all-things philanthropy.

Click here to go to the Program Overview

With the year that’s just been, and the new COVID-normal we find ourselves in, the session entitled ‘Philanthropy 2020 – challenges, pivots, learnings for the future’ is must-see viewing.

And unique new Australian research will reveal the extent of the role and influence of women in philanthropy.

Looking for some inspiration and innovation? Check out the new 10-year multi-foundation $31 million collaboration to address Australia’s water resource challenges led by the Ian Potter and Myer Foundations.

And did we say innovation? Well it appears there is room for improvement according to the session entitled ‘Transformative innovation – philanthropy must do more’.

Whatever your connection to philanthropy, whether you’re a donor, funder, member of a collective giving group or community foundation, charity executive, consultant or adviser, Generosity Forum 2021 will leave you with plenty of great philanthropy learnings, stories, and inspiration.

Click here to go to the Program Overview

Great savings – 40% discount on registrations

We’ve lowered the registration price by around 40% because our costs of putting on a virtual conference are lower than for doing a physical conference and we want to make tickets more affordable during these difficult times.

Click here to find out what’s involved in a virtual conference

See you there!


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HALF DAY MASTERCLASS: Tuesday 23 March – 9am to 12.30pm AEDT

Brett Nan Tie, Nicola Adams, Gillian Hatt How to measure the social impact of giving

MAIN CONFERENCE: Wednesday 24 & Thursday 25 March – 9am to 1.30pm AEDT each day

Craig Connelly, Leonard Vary, Andre Carstens $31M funder coalition spearheads leadership of water resource issues
David Callahan What I know about philanthropy: In conversation with David Callahan
Kim Downes, Belinda Bardas Unique new research reveals role and influence of women in Australian philanthropy
Krystian Seibert, Stephen Ward, Anna Rose Looking under the hood of sub-funds – an emerging way to give
Liz Gillies Transformative innovation – philanthropy must do more
John McLeod The state of the philanthropic nation
Associate Professor Wendy Scaife What donors want – what the research tells us
Chris Howlett, Kent Morris, Lyndsey Hawkins ‘The show must go on’ – stories of how the arts and philanthropy adapted during COVID
John Harding, Dennis Batty, Andrew Johnson New model for indigenous philanthropy
Jack Heath, Dr Steve Burnell, Natalie Egleton, Joanne Kirk After the year that was, what now for Australian philanthropy?
Peter Cooper, Suparna Bhasin, Louise Walsh A fireside chat with philanthropists Peter Cooper and Suparna Bhasin

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Masterclass: how to measure the social impact of giving 

As competition for the philanthropic dollar becomes ever steeper and donors increasingly look for evidence of the difference their gift is making, charities and nonprofits are placing greater emphasis on measuring the impact of their programs. This half-day masterclass will help both funders and fund seekers to understand best practice in measuring the social impact of giving. Come and learn from some of the leading experts in the field as they share:

  • Different approaches to measuring social impact
  • What tools, techniques, tactics are available
  • Hands-on, how to develop social impact models using specific case studies supplied in advance
  • How to articulate a social impact model and how to pitch it to a potential funder
  • How funders should evaluate pitches by charities and nonprofit organisations

Participants will leave the masterclass with readings and materials and an enhanced knowledge of the most relevant and progressive ways to measure impact. You will also gain an understanding of some of the key challenges to successful impact measurement in Australia and overseas.


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Co-presenter: BRETT NAN TIE, Chief Integrity Officer and Co-Founder, Huber Social

Brett has more than thirty-five years’ experience in the public, private and nonprofit sectors in Australia, New Zealand, Asia and Europe, in a career spanning management consulting, general management, project management, business development and design.

He is an expert in measuring “the things you can’t measure” and using this to help organisations transform the way they work so that they maximise their impact. He is passionate about the need for social impact measurement to better inform decision-making at all levels in society. Brett holds an MBA and a Bachelor of Engineering.

Co-presenter: NICOLA ADAMS, Head of Project Delivery and Director, Huber Social

Nicola has extensive experience in social impact measurement “at the coal face” both locally and internationally. She is passionate about measurement that makes a difference and is actionable, rather than measurement for measurement’s sake. This has led her to help design, build and prove social impact measurement frameworks, processes and tools. She is also passionate about helping people build their knowledge and skills, and is an experienced trainer, coach and mentor of Huber Social Impact consultants. Nicola is currently undertaking a Graduate Certificate in Social Impact and holds a Graduate Diploma of Legal Practice, a Bachelor of Law and a Bachelor of Commerce, and has been admitted to the bar.

Co-presenter: GILLIAN HATT, Engagement and Development Lead, Huber Social

Gillian has extensive experience working as a social researcher and student equity practitioner across the Australian and UK higher education sectors. She is committed to understanding and addressing the complex causes of social disadvantage and using social impact measurement to work towards a world in which ‘no one is left behind’.

As a keen participant in the social impact measurement ecosystem she is always seeking to identify best practice for successfully measuring impact and enabling positive social change; that is, the Wellbeing of people and place.

Gillian holds a BSc (Hons) Social Sciences, MSc Social Research and PhD Social Sciences.


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$31M funder coalition spearheads leadership of water resource issues

In an innovative and visionary long-term initiative, The Ian Potter Foundation and The Myer Foundation have gathered a group of leading foundations to tackle Australia’s water resource challenges.

Fifteen foundations have committed a combined $31 million over ten years to create a national independent water and catchment policy centre with the aim of improving the way decisions are made about the management of Australia’s fresh water resource.

Craig Connelly (The Ian Potter Foundation), Leonard Vary (The Myer Foundation) and Andre Carstens (Colonial Foundation) will discuss how the venture was conceived and how a coalition of philanthropic support was built. They will also share the challenges and learnings of compiling such a significant philanthropic collaboration.


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Co-presenter: CRAIG CONNELLY, Chief Executive Officer, Ian Potter Foundation

Before joining The Ian Potter Foundation as Chief Executive Officer in 2015, Craig spent 25 years working in the financial services sector, initially with Price Waterhouse, followed by 11 years as a leading Australian equities analyst and partner with JB Were.

Craig was an external member on the Advisory Committee for the Sustainable Farms Initiative, ANU, is a Founding Trustee of the National Parks Conservation Trust, and is a member of the Natural Capital Expert Advisory Group.


Co-presenter: LEONARD VARY, Chief Executive Officer, The Myer Foundation and Sidney Myer Fund

Leonard Vary has been Chief Executive Officer of The Myer Foundation and Sidney Myer Fund since 2011. Prior to this role Leonard was an Executive Director of the Fox Private Group and the General Counsel and a Director of the Linfox Group.

Leonard is a former director of the Malthouse Theatre and a past Vice-President of the Melbourne International Arts Festival.


Co-presenter: ANDRE CARSTENS, Chief Executive Officer, Colonial Foundation

Andre Carstens joined Colonial Foundation as Chief executive Officer in 2017. Prior to this, Andre held chief executive officer and chief financial officer positions with several multi-national businesses including Spotless Group, Colonial First State Group, Aviva Australia and the Gribbles Group.

Andre is currently involved in supporting youth mental health as a non-executive director of both Orygen and Orygen Youth Mental Health Foundation.


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What I know about philanthropy: In conversation with David Callahan

What is in the minds of the world’s biggest givers? Do philanthropists wield too much power? What are the latest trends in philanthropy? How can we reform charitable giving? Founder and editor of Inside Philanthropy, David Callahan, shares his insights in conservation with F&P Content Director, Clare Joyce.


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DAVID CALLAGHAN, Founder and Editor, Inside Philanthropy and Blue Tent Daily, California USA

David is the Founder and Editor of Inside Philanthropy and the recently launched Blue Tent Daily, which offers in-depth reporting on progressive organisations and the Democratic Party. David has written extensively on trends in philanthropy and profiled numerous top foundation leaders and individual donors. He has authored eight books including The Givers: Wealth, Power, and Philanthropy in a New Gilded Age.

Before launching Inside Philanthropy in 2014, David co-founded Demos, the national think tank, where he held various leadership positions and conducted research on a wide range of issues related to economic and political inequality, as well as writing on moral values, professional ethics and business. Previously, David was a resident scholar at the Century Foundation and Managing Editor of the American Prospect, the public policy journal.

David has appeared on hundreds of television and radio programs in the US and has published numerous op-ed and feature articles, including in the New York Times and Washington Post. He has spoken at over 150 universities and associations around the US.

David is a graduate of Hampshire College and holds a Ph.D. in politics from Princeton University.


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Unique new research reveals role and influence of women in Australian philanthropy

In an Australian first, Kim Downes will present the key findings of a unique research project investigating how Australian women engage in philanthropy.

The research has been carried out through a mix of one-on-one interviews and surveys with some of Australia’s leading female donors.

The research explores a range of questions such as: women’s attitudes and motivations to giving; what role women play in the decision-making of major philanthropy; differences in how men and women give; and what kind of stewardship and recognition women prefer.

Belinda Bardas will join Kim to discuss her approach to giving.


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Co-presenter: KIM DOWNES, CFRE, EMFIA, CAP, Philanthropy and Fundraising Strategist

Kim has over 30 years’ experience as a fundraising and philanthropy strategist working mainly in the areas of education, the arts, healthcare and faith-based organisations. Her strength is assisting organisations to become financially sustainable through building a culture of philanthropy.

Kim is a board member of the Australian Pituitary Foundation and a member of the Melbourne Women’s Network. She has presented at a number of industry conferences including with Philanthropy Australia, CASE and F&P.



Co-presenter: BELINDA BARDAS, Head of Philanthropy and a Trustee, The Loti & Victor Smorgon Family Foundation

The Loti & Victor Smorgon Family Foundation invests in a range of nonprofits in the Australian Jewish Community, broader Australian society and Israel in the areas of education, the arts, institutional development and medical research.

Belinda is Co-chair of the Australian Jewish Funders (AJF), and she recently stepped down from her duties as Non-Executive Director at Victor Smorgon Group Family office.

Belinda holds a Graduate Certificate in Social Impact from Swinburne University, and prior to her career in Philanthropy she worked as a Naturopath, coach and wellbeing facilitator.

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Looking under the hood of sub-funds – an emerging way to give

While PAFs (Private Ancillary Funds) have received a lot of media attention and promotion, another philanthropic vehicle, sub-funds, have remained largely in the shadows. However, there are indications that sub-funds are becoming more popular with donors.

In this session Krystian Seibert, from the Centre for Social Impact Swinburne, will unpack this emerging area of Australian philanthropy, sharing insights about how sub-funds can provide an attractive way for donors to engage in structured giving. He will present findings from his research into sub-funds in Australia, and identify some possible trends we may see emerge in the years to come.

Two sub-fund holders, Anna Rose and Stephen Ward, will also be interviewed about their giving and why they have chosen sub-funds to be the vehicle for their philanthropy.


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Co-presenter: KRYSTIAN SEIBERT, Industry Fellow, Centre for Social Impact Swinburne

Krystian is a researcher, educator and advocate focused on philanthropy and the nonprofit sector.

He teaches in the Graduate Certificate and Master of Social Impact programs at the Centre for Social Impact at Swinburne University of Technology. He is also a Policy Adviser to Philanthropy Australia.

Krystian was previously an adviser to a former Australian Assistant Treasurer and he helped with the delivery of major nonprofit sector reforms including the establishment of the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission.


Co-presenter: STEPHEN WARD

Stephen has built a career in financial services, business software and social enterprise. Along with his sister Julie, Stephen helps to manage the family’s philanthropy through the Ward Family Foundation Fund (WFFF). The fund was established in 2016 as a sub-fund of the Australian Philanthropic Services Foundation, and during the pandemic the Ward family responded quickly to direct their giving to help disadvantaged school children to access much-needed technology.


Co-presenter: ANNA ROSE

Anna Rose is an author, campaigner and philanthropist who has worked for over two decades to help Australia make progress on climate change.

In 2018 Anna and her husband set up a philanthropic fund with the Australian Communities Foundation and became members of the Australian Environmental Grantmakers Network. In 2020 Anna co-founded Groundswell, Australia’s first climate advocacy-focused giving circle.

Anna is a Governor of WWF-Australia, author of the book Madlands: A Journey to Change the Mind of a Climate Sceptic, and she co-starred in the ABC documentary I Can Change Your Mind on Climate Change.

Anna is a Churchill Fellow, a former Myer Foundation Innovation Fellow, an Associate at Melbourne University Sustainable Society Institute, and a Visiting Fellow at the ANU Climate Change Centre.

In 2019 she was named one of the Australian Financial Review/Westpac’s 100 Women of Influence.


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Transformative innovation – philanthropy must do more

A recently published report, Philanthropy: The Continued Journey To Real Impact And Better Practice (2020), indicates that although philanthropy in Australia has an increasing interest in innovation, evaluation and social impact, not much has changed over the last five years. Fewer funders identify as catalytic and there is still considerable reluctance for philanthropy to fund and engage in building innovation pipelines to address social challenges.

Liz Gillies, Chief Executive Officer of the Menzies Foundation and co-author of the above-mentioned report, will explore key insights as to what is holding philanthropy back and, based on the Menzies School Leader Program Case Study, deepen your understanding of catalytic philanthropic platforms for “transformative innovation”.


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Presenter: LIZ GILLIES, Chief Executive Officer, Menzies Foundation

Appointed in 2018, Liz brings over 20 years’ experience in social impact, philanthropy and leadership development to the role of Chief Executive Officer at the Menzies Foundation.

She has worked across the nonprofit, university, government and private sectors and she was instrumental in establishing the Centre for Ethical Leadership and the Asia Pacific Centre for Social Impact during her six years with the Melbourne Business School at The University of Melbourne. During this time Liz was awarded a research fellowship to investigate best practice in philanthropy, culminating in the national launch of the Best Practice in Philanthropy Report in 2018.


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The state of the philanthropic nation

So where is philanthropy headed in Australia? Philanthropy researcher and analyst John McLeod will reveal a detailed analysis of how giving is going, including insights and data into many areas of philanthropy such as individual ‘mass market’ giving, major giving and corporate giving.

John will also identify key trends in giving in Australia and compare them to what’s happening in other countries. This session will give you an excellent understanding of the overall picture of philanthropy in Australia, how it’s evolving, and what the implications are for funders and nonprofit organisations.



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Presenter: JOHN MCLEOD

Over two decades John has built a reputation as one of Australia’s leading philanthropy researchers and analysts.

John originally found his way into philanthropy when he joined JBWere’s Philanthropic Services team in 2001. He has spent the last 20 years researching philanthropic trends, advising clients about their giving and helped foster relationships between clients and nonprofit organisations.

John sits on various charity boards including Philanthropy Australia and has written and presented extensively on the state of philanthropy in Australia including authoring The Cause Report (2016), The Support Report (2018), and Where to from here? The outlook for philanthropy during COVID-19. He also compiles the AFR Magazine’s annual Top 50 Philanthropists list and co-authored the corporate community investment top 50 for the AFRs Boss magazine.


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What donors want – what the research tells us

After close to 20 years at the forefront of research into fundraising and philanthropy in Australia, Wendy Scaife will present a pure and applied session, unveiling some of the best learnings about donor behaviour and expectations from hundreds of research studies conducted around the world.

From what kind of approach to use with donors, how to communicate best, and even right down to the kind of language to use, Wendy will share a host of insights and practical ways to build better relationships with donors.

You’ll take away a useful reading list and tools for exploring what – at times – can seem like an impenetrable morass of data in our field.


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Presenter: ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR WENDY SCAIFE, Director, The Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies

Wendy has worked in, studied and taught philanthropy and fundraising for three decades and presents internationally on these topics. Wendy has conducted in-depth research on bequests, major donors, foundation decision making, nonprofit boards, CEOs, and performance measurement.

She is National Project Director of Giving Australia – the nation’s largest ever research into giving and volunteering in partnership with CSI Swinburne and the Centre for Corporate Public Affairs.

Wendy serves on government bodies, funder’s networks, philanthropic grants committees and international research boards including the Association for Fundraising Professionals in the USA.

Wendy was recently announced as the FIA’s 2021 Arthur Venn Lifetime Achievement Award recipient for her invaluable contribution to the sector.

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‘The show must go on!’ – stories of how the arts and philanthropy adapted during COVID

A conundrum for arts donors during the 2020 COVID shutdowns was how to continue to provide support when to all intents and purposes the arts were closed for business.

Creative pivots like the Melbourne Digital Concert Hall and The Torch enabled ‘the show to go on’ and proved to be an inspired way forward.

Come and hear examples of how the arts pivoted and how donors also modified their approach to giving. What were the challenges? What were the learnings? And how might the lessons and adaptations of 2020 be helpful to the arts in the longer-term?


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Co-presenter: CHRIS HOWLETT, Founder, Melbourne Digital Concert Hall

Chris founded Melbourne Digital Concert Hall in 2020 in response to the impact of Coronavirus on the performing arts. As well as being an active professional cellist and running Sanguine Estate Music Festival, his other credits include Artistic Director of the Abbotsford Convent Foundation’s Music in the Round; Artistic Curator of the 3MBS Fine Music’s yearly Marathon; Founder and Executive Producer of Australian International Productions and Australian International Opera Company which presents over 150 concerts in China per year and Chairman of PATMA Educational Concerts.


Co-presenter: KENT MORRIS, Chief Executive Officer, The Torch

Kent is a Barkindji man, a graduate of Monash University and the Victorian College of the Arts and an alumnus of the Wesfarmers Indigenous Arts Leadership Program.

He has over 20 years’ experience as an artist and curator and has specialist knowledge of the Indigenous Australian arts and culture industry. Kent has a strong interest in social justice and the educational and healing potential of the arts. In 2011 he joined The Torch to design, develop and deliver the Indigenous Arts in Prisons and Community program.

In the face of Coronavirus, Kent played a leading role in adapting The Torch’s annual signature exhibition, Confined, so that it not only survived, but thrived.

Co-presenter: LYNDSEY HAWKINS, Philanthropist

Originally hailing from New Zealand, but now calling Melbourne home, Lyndsey and her husband Peter, have been long time philanthropists predominantly in the arts sector, including the Melbourne Digital Concert Hall, of which they are founding supporters.


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New model for indigenous philanthropy

Launched in March 2019, Koondee Woonga-gat Toor-rong (KWT) is Australia’s Indigenous-led philanthropic fund designed to support Victorian indigenous communities and issues of national significance. This has now developed into a national program known as  Barrmal Bijarril (meaning to lead someone to dream), a nationaI First Nations-led philanthropy project.

With an intimate understanding of indigenous culture and issues, KWT and now Barramal Bijarril, helps build partnerships between funders and indigenous causes and organisations to create positive outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

John Harding, Dennis Batty and Andrew Johnson will discuss how indigenous led philanthropy is making a profound difference for both grant makers and grant recipients, and donors to the fund will also share their perspective on how and why they support indigenous causes and communities through KWT.


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Co-presenter: JOHN HARDING, Executive Officer, Barrmal Bijirril

John Harding, a proud Ku Kuyimidir (Far North Queensland) and Erub, Darnley Island (Torres Strait Islander) man, recently took up his current position after a year as Executive Officer at Koonedee Woonga-gat Toor-rong developing that into a national First Nations-led project to be known as Barrmal Bijirril.  He has 40 years of deep cross-sectoral experience that includes government, the trade union movement, broadcasting and NGOs.

John is also a poet, actor, and co-founder of the Ilbijerri Aboriginal Theatre Company and an award-winning playwright, having penned 13 plays at his kitchen table in his spare time.

Co-presenter: DENNIS BATTY, Executive Director, Indigenous Employment Agency

Dennis Batty is a Taungurung, Gunai/Kurnai and Palawa man with 30 years’ experience in the charity and non-profit sector developing successful Indigenous employment training programs. He was part of the teams that established Australia’s first wholly Aboriginal owned and operated Job Network and Registered Training Organisation.

Co-presenter: ANDREW JOHNSON, CEO, Reichstein Foundation

Andrew  Johnson has a long and impressive record of working to advance social justice outcomes throughout his career. He has held senior leadership positions in human rights and social justice organisations including Save the Children, Plan International, ChildFund Alliance, Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS) and the Australian Republican Movement and most recently as the NSW Advocate for Children and Young People (ACYP) and most recently with the Reichstein Foundation when he took up his current position in February 2020.

He has been requested to present to the UN Security Council, US Congress, the Australian Parliament and NSW Parliament. He was an Adjunct Professor at NYU, developing and teaching courses on child and human rights.





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After the year that was, what now for Australian philanthropy?

In the face of the twin crises of 2020, bushfires and COVID 19, how did philanthropy respond and what were the outcomes?

Come and hear first-hand from four leaders in the philanthropic community about the challenges that philanthropic individuals, trusts and foundations had to deal with and adapt to in order to meet rapidly changing and pressing community needs.

How did approaches to funding change in the short term? What learnings have been acquired that will stand funders in good stead for the future? Were there any silver linings to come out of 2020? How might the challenges of 2020 shape philanthropy into the future? These and other topics will be covered.


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Co-presenter: JACK HEATH, Chief Executive Officer, Philanthropy Australia

After a decade working as a diplomat, speechwriter, and senior adviser to Federal Ministers, including Prime Minister Keating, Jack established the youth mental health service ReachOut Australia, which he led for fifteen years and expanded to Ireland and the United States.

Since 2012, Jack was the Chief Executive Officer at national mental health charity SANE Australia and led the organisation through a period of substantial growth.

Jack began his new role as Chief Executive Officer at Philanthropy Australia in January 2021.

Philanthropy has been a constant and critical thread in the growth and achievements of all the organisations Jack has led. In fact he has been responsible for developing relationships with many of Australia’s leading donors.


Co-presenter: Dr. STEVE BURNELL, Chief Executive Officer Collaborate Against Cancer, Minderoo Foundation

Steve’s 30 years’ experience in research and business spans fisheries science, marine ecology, natural history documentary production, strategy consulting, healthcare and precision medicine.

Prior to joining the Minderoo Foundation he worked at the Roche Group, the world’s largest biotech, where he ran global businesses in diagnostics.

When COVID-19 reached our shores, the Minderoo Foundation acted quickly by updating Steve’s role from Chief Executive Officer of its Collaborate Against Cancer Initiative to become Executive Director of COVID-19 Response.


Co-presenter: NATALIE EGLETON, Chief Executive Officer, Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR)

Natalie joined FRRR in 2012 in a program manager role and was elevated to Chief Executive Officer in 2015. She is responsible for shaping FRRR’s strategy, designing new programs and developing and nurturing new funding partnerships. In her previous role with FRRR she was responsible for managing natural disaster recovery and preparedness programs as well as those addressing social innovation.

Before joining FRRR, Natalie consulted with Matrix on Board, working with numerous nonprofit organisations in program evaluation, undertaking research analysis and developing business plans. She also worked with clients to develop financial policies and procedures, strategic plans, organisation reviews, service mapping, feasibility studies and governance models.


Co-presenter: JOANNE KIRK

Joanne’s caring nature led her to a career in nursing and she has over 20 years’ experience working in sexual health, women’s health and refugee health programs in Australia and developing countries.

The sale of her partner’s internet business in 2011 resulted in sudden and unexpected wealth. Much of this has been channeled into philanthropy. The couple set up a Private Ancillary Fund called the Red Rocketship Foundation which primarily funds women’s and girls’ programs in Australia and internationally.

In 2017 Joanne joined the Women Moving Millions initiative and has pledged to give $1 million to organisations that empower and support women by 2020.



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A fireside chat with philanthropists Peter Cooper and Suparna Bhasin

Peter Cooper excelled in business, including launching and running his investment management firm, Cooper Investors, since 2001.

Success in business led to considerable wealth, and Peter and his life partner, Suparna Bhasin, are using this to make a great impact by giving to a range of causes addressing some of the key issues and challenges of our time.

In conversation with Louise Walsh, Peter and Suparna will share their journey in philanthropy and what they’ve learned along the way. Peter and Suparna rarely talk about their giving, but they’ll discuss topics such as: Is philanthropy good for you? Can giving to others change your mental state and well-being? And in changing your own situation, can you, the philanthropist make the world a healthier place?

These issues and more will be explored by two of Australia’s most optimistic and dynamic philanthropists, whose giving – through their private MaiTri Foundation and through corporate philanthropy – extends well beyond their homeland.


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Interviewee: SUPARNA BHASIN, Co-founder, MaiTri Foundation

Suparna is an inspirational speaker, workshop facilitator, transformational coach, writer and philanthropist. Her goal is to bring practices such as meditation, breath-work and yoga, to different communities in Australia, along with educating people on the importance of diet, exercise and service.

Suparna is Co-Founder of the MaiTri Foundation, a philanthropic foundation committed to improving mental health and access to support services. Since 2004 she has built several personal development businesses in New York City and she holds a Master of Arts in Organisational Psychology from Columbia University.

Interviewee: PETER COOPER, Chairman and Chief Investment Officer, Cooper Investors

With more than 30 years’ investment management experience, Peter founded Cooper Investors in 2001, creating the firm’s investment philosophy across international, domestic and Asian equities markets.

Previously he was a specialist industry analyst at the NSW State Superannuation Investment and Management Corporation, ran Australian equities portfolios for BNP, and was Head of Australian Equities and Managing Director at Merrill Lynch, where he oversaw a team managing $7.5 billion in Australian equities.

Interviewer: LOUISE WALSH, CEO, Future Generation Companies

Louise Walsh is the Chief Executive Officer of the Future Generation companies and works with Wilson Asset Management on its philanthropic initiatives. Louise is a senior executive with diverse experience in the nonprofit, government and private sectors.

A former solicitor at Allens, she has spent most of her career in sport, arts and philanthropy. Louise was previously the CEO of Philanthropy Australia, the peak body for philanthropy in Australia. Louise is a board member of the St Vincent’s Curran Foundation and the Snow Foundation.


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Generosity Forum 2020 is going virtual!

So just what is a virtual conference?

Virtual conferencing has been around for years. You may have even attended one. For Generosity Forum it means that everybody involved, delegates, sponsors and presenters alike, will access the conference via the internet from your computer, laptop, or even your smart phone.

So what’s so good about going virtual?

You still get to see all the great content in the program – Yay! Going ‘virtual’ means the conference can still go ahead and you won’t miss out on the great topics, insights, case studies and inspiration delivered by our presenters.

You actually get to see ALL the content – not just some of it

Like many conferences, Generosity Forum breaks into concurrent sessions for part of the day, which means you have to make a choice between sessions. However, because all the sessions are recorded and will be made available online to you at least 30 days after the conference, you can access all the sessions and check out those you missed.

Login from your office, or home (or even the beach!)

No matter where you are, you can access the conference as long as you have an internet connection. So virtual conferences allow great flexibility and convenience for attending.

Cheaper pricing – 40% discount

We’ve lowered the registration price by around 40% because our costs of putting on a virtual conference are lower than for doing a physical conference and we want to make tickets more affordable during these difficult times.

Great value multi-user access passes

It gets even cheaper (per person) if you purchase a ‘multi-user’ online access pass. There’s excellent value if you want to sign up between 2, 3 and 4 of your team.

No interstate travel or accommodation expenses

Many of our delegates usually come from interstate to attend – which usually means paying for airfares and accommodation – which adds to the cost. However, there’s no need to travel to attend a virtual conference so there’s no added expense.

Different format – half-days instead of full-days

The Forum is usually held over one full day, however with the move to virtual, the Forum will be spread out over two half-days (8.30am to 1.30pm) plus a half-day masterclass. This is because we have learned from doing other virtual events recently that it can be challenging to be in front of a screen for the entire day. There will also be more breaks in the program to give your eyes a rest. PLUS – you get to go back to work in the afternoons and answer all those emails in your inbox! Yippee!


Yes you will still be able to network! One of the benefits of attending a physical conference is the ability to make new connections. Through special functionality in our web conferencing platform you will have the opportunity to network with peers and meet new people.

We appreciate your support

As a small business that earns most of its revenue from conferences, we really appreciate your support at this challenging time. Extraordinary times demand extraordinary measures, and we are committed to bringing you a conference with all the great content you have come to expect from us.



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