The top 50 Australian philanthropists gave away $964 million in FY2019/20, up 29% on 2018/19, with Paul Ramsay Foundation taking top spot.

Philanthropy 50The 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.

Key Stats

  • $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.

Top 50

Rank   Foundation Grants 2020 ($M)
1 Paul Ramsay Foundation 168.9
2 Judith Neilson Foundation and charitable trusts 125.5
3 Minderoo Foundation 88.7
4 Yajilarra Trust 81.3
5 Estate of Win Schubert 35
6 Ian Potter Foundation 30.3
7 Terry Snow and Snow Foundations 26.8
8 Pratt Philanthropies 23.3
9 Lowy Family 23.2
10 Estate of Margaret Caroline Reid 22.5
11 Kinghorn Foundation 20.5
12 Graham and Louise Tuckwell 20
13 Valerie and John Ryan bequest 20
14 Stan Perron Charitable Trust 15.5
15 Gandel Philanthropy 15.5
16 Myer Foundation and Sidney Myer Fund 12.6
17 Peter and Lyndy White Foundation 12.5
18 Susan and Isaac Wakil Foundation 12
19 Neilson Foundation 11.9
20 Planet Wheeler Foundation 11.1
21 Vincent Fairfax Family Foundations 10.5
22 Packer Family Foundations 10
23 Lang Walker Family Foundation 9.1
24 Eldon & Anne Foote Trust & subfund – Lord Mayor’s CF 8.5
25 Sylvia and Charles Viertel Charitable Foundation 8.2
26 Kerry Stokes 8.2
27 Miller Foundation 8.1
28 Stafford Fox Medical Research Foundation 7.1
29 Trevor Kennedy 7
30 Sarah and Lachlan Murdoch 7
31 William Buckland Foundation 6.8
32 Shine On Foundation 6.5
33 Scanlon Foundation 6.5
34 Tim Fairfax Family Foundation 6.1
35 Collier Charitable Fund 6.1
36. Hansen Little Foundation 6
37 Susan McKinnon Foundation 5.8
38 McCusker Charitable Foundation 5.1
39 Baker Foundation 5
40 Michael Hintze 5
41 Andrew Thyne Reid Charitable Trust 4.9
42 Noel and Carmel O’Brien Family Foundation 4.9
43 JO & JR Wicking Trust 4.8
44 Ernest Heine Family Foundation 4.5
45 RE Ross Trust 4.4
46 Percy Baxter Charitable Trust 4.4
47 Peter Weiss and Foundation 4.2
48 The Charitable Foundation 4.1
49 Wyatt Benevolent Institution 4.1
50 Estate of Donald Counter Cooper 4
Total 964 ($m)
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