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The Sydney Biennale boycott campaign has raised important – and difficult – questions about how we fund the arts. The Sydney Biennale boycott campaign has raised important – and difficult – questions about how we fund the arts. Wexner Centre

Is there any clean money left to fund the arts?

In the wake of the Sydney Biennale’s split from its major sponsor Transfield in recent days, certain uncomfortable questions are again floating very close to the surface. In the late 1990s, I had a successful…
Should artists refuse to work with the Sydney Biennale – whose major sponsor has contracts to operate offshore detention centres? Should artists refuse to work with the Sydney Biennale – whose major sponsor has contracts to operate offshore detention centres? AAP Image/Caris Bizzaca

Should artists boycott the Sydney Biennale over Transfield links?

Sydney will host its 19th biennale from March 21. It’s one of the most significant international art events on the local calendar. But questions have arisen over its connection to Australia’s policy of…
Not so appetising when you think about it. Not so appetising when you think about it. GS+

There’s no such thing as a free lunch from tobacco companies

Almost all companies contribute money to charity and many would argue that corporate donations make a positive difference in the world. But this hopeful take on corporate philanthropy sits uneasily with…
Will philanthropy in Australia change because of the recent donation by Andrew “Twiggy” Forrest to Wes Australian universities. Will philanthropy in Australia change because of the recent donation by Andrew “Twiggy” Forrest to Wes Australian universities. Seed image from www.shutterstock.com

Of Forrests and acorns: philanthropic gift may seed other university giving

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…
Being charitable should be part of what children are taught at home and at school. Being charitable should be part of what children are taught at home and at school. Gift image from www.shutterstock.com

Giving the gift of giving: why children should be taught philanthropy

“Philanthropy” is usually a word we associate with the world of adults and rich people. Increasingly though, children from a spread of socio-economic backgrounds are participating in and learning about…
Highly publicised private benefactors are redefining philanthropy in Australia, so now is the time for a discussion on how this wealth can best be harnessed. Highly publicised private benefactors are redefining philanthropy in Australia, so now is the time for a discussion on how this wealth can best be harnessed.

Philanthropy in Australia: it’s what you do with it that counts

The recent commitment by Fortescue Metals chief Andrew Forrest to contribute half of his private wealth to philanthropic causes, coming on top of investor Graham Tuckwell’s $50 million donation for equity…
George Soros speaks at the London School of Economics in 2009. George Soros speaks at the London School of Economics in 2009. EPA/Andy Rain

Open sesame: George Soros and the foundations for change

This week, octogenarian billionaire and well-known philanthropist George Soros will convene a global meeting of the advisory boards of his Open Society Foundation to discuss global poverty, health, climate…
Beyond charity: philanthropists want a stake in giving. Beyond charity: philanthropists want a stake in giving. Broken Simulacra / flickr.com

Is ‘philanthrocapitalism’ the future of Australian charities?

The collapse of the child-care business ABC Learning in 2010 was an extraordinary chapter in Australian corporate history. Colourful Queensland businessman Eddy Groves, built the world’s largest publicly…
Newsrooms are changing, and so is the business model that underpins them. Newsrooms are changing, and so is the business model that underpins them. Flickr/Caroline Treadway

Charity case: can philanthropic journalism last?

Despite rapid growth in the number of non-profit investigative centres in the United States and many fine examples of quality journalism by such centres, uncertainty remains over the longer-term sustainability…
Mitchell has been investigating ways to get Australians to give more to the arts. Mitchell has been investigating ways to get Australians to give more to the arts. AAP/Alan Porritt

Philanthropy and the arts – Harold Mitchell’s review will create a bigger funding pool

Harold Mitchell’s review of private sector arts support is a bit like Ian Thorpe in his swimming heyday. He’s a big presence, and has dived in with a determined goal and a strategy to win “gold” for the…

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