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Jack Heath, chief executive of Philanthropy Australia.

Donating from super could raise $22b a year for charities

Making it easier and cheaper to leave super to charity could boost giving by as much as $22 billion a year, the peak philanthropy body has said, as it pushes for reform.

  • Lucy Dean
Kristina Keneally is the CEO of the Sydney Children’s Hospital Foundation.

Superannuation has become a wealth vehicle: Keneally

Former NSW premier and senator Kristina Keneally has ruled out a return to frontline politics and says Labor’s plans to double charitable giving needs more work.

  • Tom McIlroy
Philanthropist and regenerative farmer Alasdair MacLeod inside the Australian Museum’s new Pasifika Gallery which he supported with a $3 million donation

Murdoch-MacLeod museum gift sends lifeline to sinking island crafts

Former media executive Alasdair MacLeod said the initiative was already helping to revive traditional crafts of the region.

  • Samantha Hutchinson
Andrew Forrest’s Minderoo Foundation has donated $10 million to support humanitarian aid in Gaza.

Forrest foundation donates $10m to aid in Gaza

Minderoo funding will be used to enable the delivery of urgent medical supplies and support, emergency water, nutrition as well as child protection.

  • Gus McCubbing
Roberto Rivas, right, with Richard Brooks, the founder of the $US1000 Breakfast Club, in June.

At breakfast, this group always leaves at least a $1500 tip

Lawyer Richard Brooks pulls out a pile of notes and counts them into a waiter’s hand, explaining that he and his friends are members of a club.

  • Cathy Free


Rode Microphones’ Peter Freedman.

‘We can build anything’: Microphone mogul donates $1m to design

Peter Freedman, Rich Lister and founder of audio equipment giant Rode, hopes his gift will help business design and build things locally and reignite “Factory Australia”.

  • Patrick Durkin
Ready to serve: canines from Assistance Dogs Australia.

This charity couldn’t find enough puppies, so it’s breeding its own

In an attempt to meet demand for its animals, Assistance Dogs Australia has brought its breeding program in-house for the first time.

  • Jemima Whyte


George Soros.

Soros foundation cuts EU funding as nationalist groups surge

The decision follows more than a decade of attacks from right-wing groups against George Soros, a 93-year-old Hungarian-born Jew who survived the Holocaust.

  • Michael Winfrey
Guess who’s coming to dinner?: Jonas Kaufmann, generally regarded as the world’s best tenor, will help launch Opera Australia’s Business Council on Monday night.

Tenor at your dinner? Opera Australia opens for business

The country’s largest performing arts company hopes to entice more corporate support with special access to its performers.

  • Michael Bailey
Stephen Meates is someone who’s making a bequest to Taronga Zoo when he dies, but he also thinks it should be easier to donate through his super. Wednesday 2nd August 2023 AFR photo Louie Douvis .

The suburbs where kids’ inheritance is more than $3m

The top postcodes were revealed in a bid to encourage more charitable giving by making it easier to donate super.

  • Lucy Dean and Joanna Mather


Terry Snow at the Snow Concert Hall at Canberra Grammar School.

This Rich Lister has no regrets about his $20m private school gift

The $20 million concert hall on the grounds of Terry Snow’s alma mater, Canberra Grammar School, has quickly gained a reputation among international musicians.

  • Michael Bailey


Andrew and Nicola Forrest with Minderoo boss John Hartman on the banks of the Swan River in Perth on Tuesday.

The Forrests reset after trying to save the world proves too much

Australia’s richest man Andrew Forrest and wife Nicola will spend more on philanthropy, but narrow the focus of their $7.6 billion foundation.

  • Brad Thompson
Jack Heath, chief executive of Philanthropy Australia.

Philanthropy not growing fast enough to meet Labor’s 2030 target

Grants and distributions by charities increased 5 per cent to $9.7 billion in 2021, but that rate of growth is insufficient to hit the Albanese government’s goal of doubling philanthropy by 2030.

  • Lucy Dean
Nicola and Andrew Forrest are setting an example for other wealthy Australians to follow.

The Forrests have flipped from personal riches to philanthropy

The Forrests are setting an example for other wealthy Australians to follow and further deepening the contribution of business-led prosperity to tackling social challenges.

  • The AFR View

Andrew Forrest and wife Nicola have eclipsed Paul Ramsay to make the largest single charitable donation in Australian history.

Forrest mega-gift to cajole other billionaires to give more

The $5 billion donation from Andrew and Nicola Forrest to their Minderoo Foundation will likely serve as a powerful exemplar for Australia’s peer-conscious billionaires.

  • Michael Bailey
Andrew and Nicola Forrest have donated close to $5 billion to their own charity the Minderoo Foundation.

Andrew and Nicola Forrest donate $5b to their Minderoo charity

Andrew Forrest and his wife, Nicola, have donated about $5 billion in Fortescue Metals Group shares to their own charity, the Minderoo Foundation.

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  • Tom Rabe, Hans van Leeuwen and Michael Bailey
Billionaire philanthropist Judith Neilson is planning to become directly involved in her journalism institute.

How to give away your money like a billionaire (even if you’re not)

Public and private ancillary funds have a major branding problem. Solving it could be the key to unlocking a new generation of philanthropists.

  • Lucy Dean


Bakers Delight founder Roger Gillespie.

Bakers Delight founder stumps up $1m to boost uni attendance

Roger Gillespie hates seeing good talent go to waste. A program he is backing is changing the stakes for kids from rural Victoria.

  • Julie Hare
James Packer has donated $7 million to UNSW to advance research into mood disorders.

‘I have struggled’: Packer’s $7m mood disorder gift

James Packer’s turbulent personal history with mood disorders and mental health has prompted a generous gift to university research.

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  • Julie Hare
Australian Museum CEO Kim McKay and Professor Kris Helgen are co-authors of a new paper outlining 1.1 billion catalogued objects and specimens from around the world.

Australian Museum shows off its AAA-bones

The room heaved with Veuve Clicquot and money.

  • Jessica Sier