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Foreword Karen Mahlab AM


Founder & CEO Pro Bono Australia


Pro Bono Australia is proud to present the 26th edition of the Guide to Giving which once again profiles hundreds of charities doing much-needed work in Australian communities.


Our publication is recognised as one of the most trusted directories in Australia’s charitable and philanthropic communities. The philanthropic sector has evolved dramatically since the


first edition of the directory, published in 1991. What remains is that philanthropy continues to play a critical role in the funding of Australia’s community sector yet it is a space that is ever-changing. The scale of Australia’s Not for Profit sector continues to grow.


It encompasses 600,000 organisations, 60,000 charities, employs over a million people and utilises six million volunteers annually. It forms what we call the Social Economy, made up of vibrant for- purpose organisations that champion their individual causes and concerns. In recent times we have seen that prominent Australian


philanthropists are more frequently putting their names to their contributions publicly and engaging deeply with the causes they support to in turn encourage others to give generously. We have also noticed a distinct increase in professional advisors feeling comfortable enough to have a conversation with their clients about giving either in their lifetime or through a bequest. We will certainly see philanthropy continue to evolve as shifting attitudes to giving, technology, investing and new ways of communicating social impact converge in the coming years. For many years Pro Bono Australia has supported Australia’s Not for Profit sector by providing an online hub for people engaged,


or wanting to engage with community organisations. Along with this directory, we provide major independent news services for the sector, skilled volunteering opportunities, professional job opportunities and events listings. In 2015, Pro Bono Australia has once again been at the forefront


of sector discussion, debate and research, delivering our annual State of the Sector survey, our essential Not for Profit Salary Survey and, for the second year in a row, our Impact 25 list – highlighting the 25 most influential people in the Australian Not for Profit sector. Each year we distribute this printed guide, free of charge, to


over 56,000 people who are directly involved with giving themselves or with advising people making the difficult decision of who to support – whether via bequests, donations, grants, workplace giving or facilitating partnerships. The Guide to Giving is also online at www.probonoaustralia.


com.au and includes additional information on each organisation, along with contact details. Over 1 million people visit this site annually to access the information, and we encourage you to do so too.


We wish you all the best as you engage with Australia’s charities


and hope that your experience is both rewarding and worthwhile, and that our directory and website help to educate and inform you on the benefits of supporting the Not for Profit sector.


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