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Thursday, October 19 • 14:00 - 17:30
A Gathering of Giving Circles: Growing philanthropy and community capacity building (NCFF17 Side Event)

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A Gathering of Giving Circles: Growing philanthropy and community capacity building.

Collective giving groups and giving circles are growing in number across Australia. This inaugural gathering of giving group founders, members and facilitators coincides with the release of the first research on collective giving and its role in Australian philanthropy. The afternoon promises an opportunity to learn from each other, share our success and frustrations and pave the way to a more collaborative and impactful future.

Attendance at the Gathering of Giving Circles side event is via registration only. Access is free to NCFF17 Full Pass Delegates and $35 to all other other attendees.  Click here to register.


2pm-3pm: Founders and practitioners: Responding to our greatest challenges.

Whether community foundation led, taking on a massive cause area or simply kicking off in a big city, all collective giving groups hit barriers and obstacles. Some of the country's leading practitioners share their challenges and brainstorm answers.

Panel: Georgia Matthews (The Channel, VIC), Sophie Chamberlain (Impact100, WA), Tina Jackson (Impact100SN, NSW), Gillian Hund (Melbourne Women’s Fund, VIC)
Facilitator: Vanessa Meachen

3pm-4pm: Host organisations - The good, bad and the glorious future

Leaders of host organisations share their excitement and frustrations of hosting giving groups. The panel will explore shared goals, working relationships and collective giving utopia.

Panel: Catherine Brown (Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation, VIC), Maree Sidey (Australian Communities Foundation, VIC), Aaron O'Sullivan (My Giving Circle, NSW), Gail Rodgers (Geelong Community Foundation, VIC). Facilitator: Rikki Andrews

4pm-4.15pm: Break

4.15pm-5.15pm: The secrets of impact, growth and sustainability - Responding to 'Giving Circles and its role in Australian Philanthropy'

In July 2017, the Prime Minister's Community Business Partnership released Australia's first focused research on collective giving. The report suggests the need for greater awareness of collective giving; a central point of information and support; start-up and capacity building grants; and shared resources. The panel will discuss the value of these ideas, prioritise them and form a strategy for action.

Panel: Geoff Day (Impact100, SA), James Boyd (Impact100AUS, WA), Lesley Harris (Capital Giving, ACT), Rikki Andrews (Impact100Mel, VIC). Facilitator: Pat Burke

5.15-530pm: Summary and Call to Action

5.30pm: Networking - The Moat, State Library Victoria

Thursday October 19, 2017 14:00 - 17:30
State Library Victoria Entry 3, 179 La Trobe Street Melbourne, 3000 Victoria

Attendees (4)