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Kids Thrive wins VicHealth Award by boosting student self esteem

The Kids as Catalyst program has been recognised for helping primary school students engage with school and build community connections.

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Kids Thrive wins VicHealth Award by boosting student self esteem

The Kids as Catalyst program has been recognised for helping primary school students engage with school and build community connections.

Brazil Family Foundation’s $5 million ‘transformative’ gift

The Brazil Family Foundation’s game-changing $5 million donation is set to bolster Australian research into stroke recovery and motor neurone disease.

$8 million bequest for the arts at University of Queensland

The University receives what is thought to be among the biggest ever philanthropic gifts to the arts in Queensland.

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Mega gifts keep coming for University of Sydney: Susan and Isaac Wakil give $35 million

The Wakils’ latest gift brings their total giving to the University to almost $46 million.

Celebrating 10 years: Swinburne Philanthropy Alumni (SPA)

A roll call of alumni from Swinburne’s Asia-Pacific Centre for Social Investment and Philanthropy (APCSIP) features the names of some of the most active players in Australian philanthropy today. As SPA marks its 10th anniversary, Adjunct Professor Michael Liffman and a host of graduates reflect on lessons learned.

Aspiring next-gen leaders get a head start at La Trobe

La Trobe University’s innovative Aspire Program celebrates the importance of giving back by recognising and rewarding Year 12 students who are making a difference in their communities.

The Motivation to Give, How to Measure Impact and the Decision to Go Public: Simon Mordant and John Grill

In this Q&A, Simon Mordant and John Grill share their insights on modern philanthropy in Australia.

Bowness $1 million to UQ for speech pathology

Bill Bowness swallowed his stuttering struggles to build a successful business career. Now he’s spending on speech strategies and scholarships for others.

Quantum Leap: Half a mill to University of Sydney

Two university sweethearts have gifted half a million dollars to the University of Sydney’s Quantum Control Laboratory.

Twin gift to University of Sydney: IVF service plus $10.4 million

Staff member and alumnus, Professor Brian Trudinger has made two gifts to the University of Sydney from his foundation: a 100 per cent share in Westmead IVF Pty Limited and $10.4 million.

Positive Psychology: $2.3 million gift to University of Melbourne

Campaign for the University of Melbourne board member John Higgins has put $2.3 million behind his belief in the effects of positive psychology: “The end result being a happier, more fulfilled life.”

Kiwi sculpture farmer honoured

One of New Zealand’s most passionate political, philanthropic business entrepreneurs will receive a University of Canterbury honorary doctorate today.

$100 million for scholarships. Forever.

Westpac has announced the launch of the single largest private education scholarship program in Australia’s history: The Westpac Bicentennial Foundation.

$10 million stable-ises Melbourne Arts Precinct

Unbridled creative vision: $10 million of philanthropic funding spurs on a transformation of Melbourne’s Dodds Street police stables into a visual arts facility.

$21.5 million in philanthropic medicine sees results in Tasmania

Eight years after it was first mooted, the UTAS Medical Science Precinct launches Tasmania into the forefront of medical research and education, thanks to a $20+ million booster shot of philanthropic giving.

$5 million of sunshine from Thompsons

The University of the Sunshine Coast has received a $5 million gift from Maroochydore property development couple Roy and Nola Thompson.

Philanthropist Laurie Cowled honoured by QUT

For the founder of the Cowled Foundation, there is “no time to muck about”. She wants to see the fruits of her gifts while she’s still around.

Jack Cowin: Hungry for adventure

Jack Cowin’s $3 million whopper to Queensland’s Bond University has upsized student gateways to the world.

$400,000 to fight mesothelioma

Perth building identity Dale Alcock’s personal loss has been marked with a generous donation that will enable cutting edge genomic research into the mesothelioma.

$15 million bequest impacts bowel cancer research

A bequest from a modest and enigmatic resident of Wellington, NSW will provide a huge boon for University of Sydney’s research into Australia’s second most common cancer.

Greg and Kay Poche gift $10 million to Indigenous health

Philanthropist Greg Poche AO and his wife Kay have provided $10 million to The University of Western Australia to create a WA-based centre for Indigenous health.

$500,000 injection for dementia research

Retired Illawarra dairy farmer Richard Miller’s donation to the University of Wollongong will enable new insights into dementia, reports Liz Henderson.

Cowin serves Bond a whopper

Fast-food king Jack Cowin has dished out $3 million to Bond University to start a Canadian exchange program, reports Liz Henderson.

$4 million from Gates fights drought

An Australian university has been awarded a $4 million grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, reveals Greg Johnson.

University of Melbourne: Givers are believers

The University of Melbourne has announced a handful of large gifts at the launch of its $500 million extraordinary campaign. Greg Johnson reveals who was behind the $10 million donation.

University of Sydney: $16 million in inspired gifts

University of Sydney has announced three major donations at the launch of its extraordinary $600 million campaign. Greg Johnson reveals the details.

Graham & Louise Tuckwell: Pioneers

Graham and Louise Tuckwell’s $50 million donation to Australian National University was transformative for both the organisation and Australian philanthropy. Greg Johnson goes behind the scenes to reveal the inside story on how the gift came about.

Gift stimulates reproductive medicine

The University of Queensland has received a record donation of $10.5 million. Greg Johnson explains what Professor Christopher Chen’s gift will fund.

Abbott Foundation gives $7 million to UOW

The University of Wollongong has received its largest ever donation from an individual. Greg Johnson reports.

$2 million for Menzies Research Institute co-founder Graeme Wood meets the capital fundraising campaign challenge from The Atlantic Philanthropies and Tasmania’s state government, learns Greg Johnson.

Donor makes $20.6 million gift to University of Sydney

Auction of donated Picasso painting provides a massive boost to The University of Sydney’s capital campaign, reports Greg Johnson.

Western Sydneysider makes $600,000 donation to UWS

War veteran and Australian Broadcasting Corporation figure makes generous gift to University of Western Sydney, discovers Greg Johnson.

$15 million donation to UQ seeds sustainability research

The University of Queensland’s fundraising program is increasingly focussing on maintaining relationships with alumni to help fund research work. The shift is already bearing fruit, including a $15 million gift. Rochelle Nolan reports.

Cassamarca Foundation gives $23M to unis

Arts education in Australia experienced a major coup last year when Italian philanthropist Dr Dino De Poli, through the Cassamarca Foundation, made a $23 million gift to nine Australian universities.

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