Giving Australia 2016: philanthropy and philanthropists

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In the second article of our series, Dr Christopher Baker and Associate Professor Wendy Scaife reveal what can be learned about the generosity of wealthy members of society.

 

giving australia 2016 philanthropyThe generosity of affluent Australians is clear in our communities and beyond. Billions of donated dollars, land tracts, art collections, shares and other gifts have enabled outcomes small, large and, all together, substantial.

The individuals behind these outcomes often give quietly but in another sense, they stand out. Why? The Australian Taxation Office’s annual tax deductible donations data perennially points to four out of 10 high net worth taxpayers who lodge a return not claiming for any donations.

Arguably, if nonprofits knew more about what drives and engages – or disengages – Australians with significant giving capacity, even more outcomes could flow. Similarly, more insights into the often very private thinking of institutional philanthropy – our philanthropic foundations – would be useful to nonprofits seeking to partner with them.

Enter Giving Australia 2016. This…

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