Philanthropy is the planned and structured giving of time, information, goods and services, influence and voice as well as money to improve the wellbeing of humanity and the community. For further information please see the Philanthropy Australia website.

Minister Porter is committed to the importance of community:

“In recent years, levels of philanthropy have dropped. Australia now lags behind other countries, so the Partnership aims to eliminate institutional barriers to giving. It will consider innovative investment models and help build research, education and best practice.

As the Deputy Chair of the Prime Minister’s Community Business Partnership I am pleased to see these great examples (in reference to community grant round) of success achieved through community groups and philanthropic organisations working together for the greater good.”

Minister for Social Services, the Hon Christian Porter MP, 7 October 2015.

Giving and volunteering is an important part of Australia’s social and cultural fabric. Australians have a long record of giving both to individuals in need and to help make their communities better places to live in. I have been fascinated to learn that six per cent of our charities are more than 100 years old, and on average Australian charities are more than 30 years old. That is a great testament to the dedication of the sector, and to the generosity of Australians who have supported it.

As most of you would be aware, the charitable and philanthropic sector plays an important part in the national economy, employing over a million people and with a substantial total income. The sector represents around 3.8 per cent of our GDP, making it larger than our agricultural, forestry and fishing industries.

Looking beyond the statistics, it is the immeasurable contribution the sector makes to the daily lives of millions of Australians. Right across our big country, philanthropists, charities and volunteers are making a difference every day.

Assistant Minister for Social Services and Multicultural Affairs, Senator the Hon Zed Seselja, Giving Australia 2016 launch, 17 November 2016.

“The Prime Minister’s Community Business Partnership has a critical task. It is working hard to uncover the key barriers to giving. This will help to unlock private and corporate wealth that could be funneled into achieving positive social outcomes. The Partnership will help shape an enabling environment that will encourage social investments and build capacity in the community sector. Reducing red tape for the sector will be critical in achieving this.”

Former Minister for Social Services, the Hon Scott Morrison MP, January 2015.

“Generosity I think is very much part of our national fabric, it is the basis upon which our social society I think is sustained not just built. It is a generosity that extends beyond our most basic obligations, it is about a willingness to reach out and support those around us. ….. Solutions to social challenges need to involve businesses, philanthropic organisations, individuals, and the community. One of the reasons for that is all of the non-government players in each of those areas bring different disciplines, bring different focuses. It is not just the fact they are bringing some cash, they are bringing themselves and their application to the task; which in many ways is as important as the dollars they bring.”

Former Minister for Social Services, the Hon Scott Morrison MP, September 2015.