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Trust gives $1 million to State Library

Fri, 21 Oct 2022

Thanks to a $1 million dollar grant from the Helen Macpherson Smith Trust, the State Library of Victoria has acquired the first graphic novel published by a woman.

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Historic donation shows joy of giving

Fri, 22 Apr 2022

In the long list of cultural gifts to the nation, the $100 million donation from Lindsay and Paula Fox for the NGV Contemporary project stands as a new benchmark, and is the latest instance of the family’s philanthropy, which has covered the arts, housing, education, and medical research.

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Nation’s most effective givers recognised at 2018 Australian Philanthropy Awards

Mon, 30 Jul 2018

Bold philanthropic ambitions, the power of advocacy and the impact of family philanthropy were three of the most pronounced themes at the 2018 Australian Philanthropy Awards, presented at the Sydney Opera House on July 26.

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‘Helping others is the most satisfying thing you can do in life’: Nicola Forrest

Tue, 19 Jun 2018

Co-founder of the Minderoo Foundation, Nicola Forrest, talks about the Forrests’ philanthropic journey and why she’s excited about the next generation.

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The journey is the learning: Paul Wheelton

Tue, 14 Nov 2017

Paul Wheelton AM shares thoughts about his PhD in hindsight, what it feels like to be the only male delegate at an international conference of high net worth donors, and more.

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Opening doors: The Snow Foundation

Mon, 16 Oct 2017

Georgina Byron explains why humility, collaboration and transparency are the cornerstones of The Snow Foundation’s philanthropy.

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Lessons from the trenches: Ian Darling

Tue, 10 Oct 2017

The Philanthropy Leader of the Year on storytelling for social change, leadership lessons from the Richmond Football Club and what it takes to stop your philanthropic dollars from going backwards.