Celebrations showcasing the power of community-philanthropy partnerships kick off nation-wide

5 December, 2016: Today marks the start of Community and Philanthropy Partnerships Week, an opportunity to showcase the power of partnerships between community and philanthropy in building strong, vibrant sustainable places to live and work.

Community and Philanthropy Partnerships Week (CPPW) is an initiative supported through the Prime Minister’s Community Business Partnership which was established to advise the Government on practical strategies to foster a culture of philanthropic giving, volunteering and investment in Australia.

Minister for Social Services Christian Porter, who is Deputy Chair of the Community Business Partnership, said activities across Australia would highlight the ways in which collaboration between business, volunteers and grassroots community groups helped build a strong and cohesive society.

“I get to see and hear of many of these partnerships across the country,” Mr Porter said.

“They can have very positive benefits, both locally and nationally, as many of the activities on display this week will show”.

Mr Porter said the Commonwealth Government supported the initiative with $650,000 over three years, which included grants of around $150,000 to help 19 community groups celebrate their collaborative efforts.

Sarah Davies, CEO of Philanthropy Australia, which is managing CPPW, said that the week is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the powerful impact of partnerships and collaboration.

“Sharing what is actually happening at the grassroots, and getting rid of the perception that philanthropy is something that is only for high-net-worth individuals and big businesses is what is wonderful about CPPW,”  she said.

“Philanthropy makes a difference in communities across Australia every day, as people and organisations come together to contribute their time and talent, as well as their own funds, in order to make a difference. This initiative is an opportunity to highlight and showcase all that great work.”

The Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal administers the grants program that sits within CPPW. FRRR’s CEO, Natalie Egleton, says that sharing ideas and different approaches is a key outcome of CPPW.

“Whether it be through raising money for a community radio station or to paint a local hall, providing new resources for the local school or rebuilding a community struck by natural disaster, there is so much that groups across the country can learn from one another,” she said.

“By celebrating achievements and highlighting some highly effective partnerships, we can build a stronger nation.”

Details of the scheduled celebrations are available on the Community and Philanthropy Partnerships Week event register.