Partnership Members attend Philanthropy Meets Parliament Summit

L to R: Kevin Bailey, Tim Fischer AC, Melanie Cooper, Gary Johns, Nicola Forrest, Angela Perry, Peter Treseder AM, Colleen McGann, Ben Gales, Peter Scott and Alexandra Gartmann

[L to R: Kevin Bailey, Tim Fischer AC, Melanie Cooper, Gary Johns, Nicola Forrest, Angela Perry, Peter Treseder AM, Colleen McGann, Ben Gales, Peter Scott and Alexandra Gartmann]

Members of the Prime Minister’s Community Business Partnership (the Partnership) attended the Philanthropy Meets Parliament Summit at Parliament House on 9 September 2015. The Summit’s aim was to be the first step in building a stronger, more collaborative and mutually beneficial relationship between philanthropy and government in Australia.

During his address at the Summit, the Minister for Social Services announced “The Government is providing up to $1.7 million to the Queensland University of Technology in partnership with the Swinburne University of Technology and the Centre for Corporate Public Affairs to deliver the Giving Australia 2015 research project”.

The Giving Australia project will collect information from individuals, charitable organisations, philanthropists and businesses, such as the reasons people volunteer or give, and what approach best works to encourage giving. By drawing a picture of giving and volunteering behaviours, attitudes and trends, this project will improve our understanding of the capacity and needs of community organisations. It will establish good baseline data to measure progress on philanthropic giving, and a strong basis for policy decisions to encourage charity in Australia.

The Minister also welcomed the newest member, Mr Tony Stuart, to the Partnership. Mr Stuart is the Group CEO of the National Roads and Motorists Association (NRMA) and brings with him extensive experience in corporate philanthropy and the mutuals sector and valuable knowledge and experience in the areas of philanthropy, business, charity work, community enterprise and regulatory structures.

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