Roughly 60% of donors to Australian charities give on the spur of the moment.
Giving is changing, moving more into the online realm and taking on different forms – and some charities are struggling to keep up.
Bill Gates embraces Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg during an announcement of the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative to ‘cure, prevent or manage all disease’ by the end of the century.
The priorities of science are being influenced less by government policy and academia, and more by the priorities of the philanthropic giver.
Anne and Gordon Samstag dancing at home, Naples, Florida, USA, c1986.
Photograph courtesy of Mrs Florence (Robbie) McBryde.
Many leading Australian artists have benefitted from a Samstag scholarship. But who were the Samstags and what motivated them to create this legacy?
Research reveals a business case for corporate philanthropy.
You may think it's hard to justify corporate giving, but if done well it can be a win-win-win for the company, community and shareholders.
Philanthropist Bill Gates addresses delegates at the 2016 Aids Conference in Durban.
Bill Gates, who has been identified as the world's most significant donor in the fight against AIDS, shares his thoughts on the pandemic with Africa's most prominent HIV/AIDS academics.
Last year 35 UK universities received donations of a million pounds or more.
Why higher education is a worthy cause for the rich and famous.
It's time to recognise the difference between 'deep' and 'shallow' volunteering.
To understand the Trump Foundation, reporters are following the money.
The Trump Foundation has received lots of scrutiny in recent months questioning how much the candidate gives, where the charity's money comes from and how it's used. Here's what we know so far.
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.
We shouldn't scoff at the Facebook founder's goal of eradicating disease.
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.
Bangarra Dance Theatre has been very successful at building relationships with donors.
AAP/Bangarra Dance Theatre, Edward Mulvihill
From crowdfunding to giving circles, the arts philanthropy landscape is rapidly changing. But could governments be doing more to emulate overseas policies that foster a culture of giving?
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.
The Clintons have assembled a globally influential humanitarian behemoth. But is it just a colossal liability?
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.
Through the Gordon Darling Foundation, the Darlings undertook a vast range of activities in keeping with their vision for the arts in Australia.
Gordon Darling handing over a portrait of Sir Donald Bradman AC to Andrew Sayers, Director of the National Portrait Gallery, in 2008. AAP Image/National Portrait Gallery
The death of Gordon Darling last month reminded many in the arts community of the key role that he played in fostering the visual arts in Australia. But should his contribution have been more widely noted?
Fast food philanthropy helps food marketers build a halo around their brand.
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Corporate philanthropy is not simply altruism by another name - it's being used by fast food giants to boost the bottom line.
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.
Debate over WA Opera’s production of Carmen reveals some faultlines in corporate arts sponsorship. Photo: Opera Australia dress rehearsal.
AAP Image/Dean Lewins
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