Vital Signs takes stock of all the key elements of a city’s successes and challenges, and the Melbourne Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation uses this data to guide its grant-making.
Lord Mayor's Charitable Foundation
A decade after Toronto produced the first Vitals Signs report, community foundations in Melbourne and other cities are using these reports' up-to-date data to inform their decisions.
Philanthropic foundations are unlike other charities and not-for-profit organisations.
The current lack of transparency in Australian philanthropy raises ethical questions. Far from being a solely private activity, philanthropy needs greater public accountability.
Volunteers clean up after Hurricane Sandy.
There are few things Americans like more than lists and money, but ranking philanthropists on the monetary size of their giving distorts our understanding of generosity, argues one ethicist.
Australia is becoming more unequal. And Australia’s wealthiest people don’t seem to want to do anything about it.
There is a view that philanthropy from super-wealthy individuals, rather than government policy, will be the force that changes the world for the better. But this seems unlikely in Australia.
Penny for their thoughts.
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Their structures and funding give them scope and access that others don't have, but foundations also lack accountability.
Is Bill Gates’ desire to help tackle the world’s problems compatible with his foundation’s huge fossil fuel investments?
The Gates Foundation is being urged to dump its sizeable fossil fuel assets. Bill Gates cares deeply about world health and development, both of which are affected by climate, but will his charity divest?
Political to the end.
As she plans her 2016 presidential campaign, Hillary Clinton is getting embroiled in the sort of influence-peddling fiasco that has dogged philanthropists for decades.
The ultimate power family.
The ethics surrounding corporate and foreign donations to the foundations of politicians are murky, but it's hard to deny the givers are angling for influence.
Will philanthropy in Australia change because of the recent donation by Andrew “Twiggy” Forrest to Wes Australian universities.
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This week’s A$65 million pledge by Nicola and Andrew Forrest to all five West Australian universities alters the philanthropy landscape in Australia. The Forrests’ donation comes less than a year after…
Joint research by the University of New South Wales and Swinburne University of Technology aims to allow philanthropic foundations…