The top 50 Australian philanthropists gave away $964 million in FY2019/20, up 29% on 2018/19, with Paul Ramsay Foundation taking top spot.
The Paul Ramsay Foundation retains its position as Australia’s largest private giver, according to the latest Philanthropy 50 list.
The top 50 givers gave away $964 million in FY2019/20, up 29% on the previous year’s $748 million, according to figures compiled by The Australian Financial Review and JBWere. The average amount across the Philanthropy 50 was $19.3 million, double the amount from when the list was first compiled in 2016 with a total of $471 million
According to JBWere’s John McLeod, who compiled the list, most giving went to medical research, universities, the arts and the environment, with homelessness and housing growing causes.
One of the biggest leaps on the list came from the Yajilarra Trust, established by MYOB founder Craig Winkler and his wife Di. With grants of $81.3 million directed toward First Nations people, climate change, disability and Christian faith, the privately run trust claimed the fourth spot.
- $964m Total value of the latest Philanthropy 50 list.
- 29% Rise in value since the 2016-2017 financial year.
- $168.9m The biggest single donation, from the Paul Ramsay Foundation.
- $4.0m The cut-off to make the 2019-2020 Philanthropy 50 List.
|Rank||Foundation||Grants 2020 ($M)|
|1||Paul Ramsay Foundation||168.9|
|2||Judith Neilson Foundation and charitable trusts||125.5|
|5||Estate of Win Schubert||35|
|6||Ian Potter Foundation||30.3|
|7||Terry Snow and Snow Foundations||26.8|
|10||Estate of Margaret Caroline Reid||22.5|
|12||Graham and Louise Tuckwell||20|
|13||Valerie and John Ryan bequest||20|
|14||Stan Perron Charitable Trust||15.5|
|16||Myer Foundation and Sidney Myer Fund||12.6|
|17||Peter and Lyndy White Foundation||12.5|
|18||Susan and Isaac Wakil Foundation||12|
|20||Planet Wheeler Foundation||11.1|
|21||Vincent Fairfax Family Foundations||10.5|
|22||Packer Family Foundations||10|
|23||Lang Walker Family Foundation||9.1|
|24||Eldon & Anne Foote Trust & subfund – Lord Mayor’s CF||8.5|
|25||Sylvia and Charles Viertel Charitable Foundation||8.2|
|28||Stafford Fox Medical Research Foundation||7.1|
|30||Sarah and Lachlan Murdoch||7|
|31||William Buckland Foundation||6.8|
|32||Shine On Foundation||6.5|
|34||Tim Fairfax Family Foundation||6.1|
|35||Collier Charitable Fund||6.1|
|36.||Hansen Little Foundation||6|
|37||Susan McKinnon Foundation||5.8|
|38||McCusker Charitable Foundation||5.1|
|41||Andrew Thyne Reid Charitable Trust||4.9|
|42||Noel and Carmel O’Brien Family Foundation||4.9|
|43||JO & JR Wicking Trust||4.8|
|44||Ernest Heine Family Foundation||4.5|
|45||RE Ross Trust||4.4|
|46||Percy Baxter Charitable Trust||4.4|
|47||Peter Weiss and Foundation||4.2|
|48||The Charitable Foundation||4.1|
|49||Wyatt Benevolent Institution||4.1|
|50||Estate of Donald Counter Cooper||4|