Philanthropy Down Under
|March 5, 2012||Posted by M. P. under Philanthropy||
A new report from the Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies at Queensland University of Technology entitled, Foundations for Giving: Why and how Australians Structure their Philanthropy by Wendy Scaife, Alexandra Williamson, Katie McDonald and Susan Smyllie examines attitudes around structured giving and grant making in Australia.
Main themes that emerged from in-depth interviews with persons involved in formalized philanthropy across Australia included:
- The “Whys” behind philanthropy. How do values motivate giving? What is the importance of the personal “turning point” in establishing structured giving?
- Decisions to make and who/what shapes them. Identifying key influences/ers, the role of peer leaders, and deciding to donate more than just money.
- Procedural and operational decisions – the nuts and bolts of giving away money.
- The environment around giving. What is the state of the sector in Australia?
The findings (through not generalizable) are quite interesting, and yet, they don’t strike me as very far removed from the themes prevalent in structured philanthropy in the United States. Does giving in Perth look that much different from giving in Pittsburgh?