Systems change and philanthropy: Taking risks and achieving greater impact

What can be achieved when a global group of philanthropic foundations come together to explore what risk looks like when trying to achieve greater impact through systems change for complex problems?  We aimed to explore this by working with the Social Innovation Exchange and their Funders Node – the bringing together of over 50 different foundations from around the world. In an Australian first, a funders retreat was held with participants from Australia, New Zealand, Canada, UK, Germany, South Africa and Denmark to go deep on issues relating to systems…

Announcing our newest partnership

More than 1 in 5 people live with a disability and the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is handing over control to consumers to choose the services that best suit their needs. This is a massive step in the right direction for people living with a disability as it allows them to not only focus on their everyday living needs, but also their aspirations and the services that will allow them to lead fulfilling lives. While control is handed back to the consumer, service providers are presented with a new…

The Direction of the Fay Fuller Foundation

What is the Foundation looking to fund? For those following the journey of the Fay Fuller Foundation you would know that we have taken an emergent approach to our strategy.  One that is constantly learning, doesn’t have all the answers, and relies on our grant partners and wider community to keep us informed and challenge our views. So one year after forging ahead, many meetings, conversations and cups of tea later we are ready to unveil the next iteration of our strategy and focus. Our focus From Health and Wellbeing…

Capacity building versus capability building

For a number of years now the notion of capacity building has been a topic of conversation in philanthropic circles. It features at discussion groups, networking events and conferences. How can philanthropy build the capacity of the non-profit sector? How can we encourage people to consider granting funds for core costs rather than just projects? These have been important conversations and on the one hand, a way of shining a spotlight on the role that philanthropy can play in the non-profit sector’s growth and sustainability. On the other hand, these…