Leading international philanthropy expert meets with Partnership members
[From left to right: Peter Treseder AM, Marie Crittall, Dr Wendy Scaife, Dr Beth Breeze, Professor Myles McGregor‑Lowndes OAM, the Hon Dr Gary Johns] Members of the Prime Minister’s Community Business Partnership, Peter Treseder AM and the Hon Dr Gary Johns, were fortunate to meet with leading UK philanthropy researcher Dr Beth Breeze on her last day of a short visit to Australia hosted by the Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Non‑profit Studies. Dr Beth Breeze is Director of the Centre for Philanthropy, School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research at the University of Kent, UK. Partnership members are developing advice to Government on policy reforms and were interested to hear more about what has worked and not worked in the UK Context. Dr Breeze shared insights into the big question of what can governments do to increase giving? Some of Dr Breeze’s recommendations based on her UK research include:
- make it easy: Government policy on philanthropy should be stable and coherent
- grow a future generation of givers through investing in schools-based programmes
- explore greater use of matched giving programmes
- improve donors’ trust and confidence and share data with researchers
- give greater recognition to significant strategic and sustained giving.