Next week in Sydney I’m presenting to two member groups of Australia’s peak body of grantmakers, Philanthropy Australia. On Monday I’m talking with representatives from corporate foundations, while on Tuesday I will be meeting a group of private philanthropists.
In both cases I have been asked to share my recent observations of New York philanthropic culture, applying a local filter to my lens to focus on what cultural factors are relevant for Australian grantmakers. It’s gratifying to know that there are plenty of grantmakers here eager to learn of current trends and best practice. It’s also my privilege to understand that not everything that grantmakers and fundraisers do in the US is necessarily appropriate or useful in an Australian context.