Author Archives: Dr David Kennedy

Two more Australians join The Giving Pledge

While perusing the Giving Pledge website (https://givingpledge.org ), as I do from time to time, I realised that two more Australians have joined the pledge. Of the 111 Australian billionaires (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Financial_Review_Rich_List_2021), that brings the number of Giving Pledge signatories to […]Continue reading «Two more Australians join The Giving Pledge»

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The EOFYthing

There are only a few days left for Australians to make tax-deductible charitable donations for the End Of Financial Year 30 June 2020. Besides making yourself feel great about giving to the charitable organisations that you love, remember that the […]Continue reading «The EOFYthing»

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Is Australia one of the most generous countries in the world?

Each year for the past ten years, the Charities Aid Fund publishes a list of “the world’s most generous countries.” It’s called the CAF World Giving Index (https://www.cafonline.org/docs/default-source/about-us-publications/caf_wgi_10th_edition_report_2712a_web_101019.pdf) and it uses data from the Gallup World Poll (https://www.gallup.com/analytics/232838/world-poll.aspx). Based on […]Continue reading «Is Australia one of the most generous countries in the world?»

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Unthinkable tragedies hard to even imagine…

Imagine if you were 17 years old and you learned that your mother and 12-year old brother were killed in a head-on car collision with a semi-trailer? And your remaining 14-year old sibling, in the same car, was injured so […]Continue reading «Unthinkable tragedies hard to even imagine…»

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Giving it Away in Tax Year 2013-14

The 2014 Rich 200 List will appear in the Wealth Issue of the July edition of the AFR Magazine. At newsstands on Friday morning, 27 June, and free online via BRW.com.au. I wonder if some folks buy it just so […]Continue reading «Giving it Away in Tax Year 2013-14»

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“Berghofer, You Beauty!”

At 11:00 am on Wednesday morning, 7 August, a 78 year-old self-made Queensland millionaire fronted the media in Brisbane and announced that he was making a gift of $50,100,000 to the Queensland Institute of Medical Research (QIMR) in the hopes […]Continue reading «“Berghofer, You Beauty!”»

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Are you fearful? Or are you courageous?

I have written elsewhere that fear is one of things that keeps us from being more generous of our time, possessions and money. And I believe this is particularly true when it comes to giving away our money. Is that […]Continue reading «Are you fearful? Or are you courageous?»

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Vale, Dame Elisabeth Joy (née Greene) Murdoch AC DBE

All of Australia celebrates the 103-year life of Dame Elisabeth Joy (née Greene) Murdoch AC DBE. As a humanitarian, charity activist, and philanthropist, she will be an enduring role model. Her legacy will include the many organisations that she has […]Continue reading «Vale, Dame Elisabeth Joy (née Greene) Murdoch AC DBE»

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Are you a planned giver? Or an occasional giver?

The month of December is a great time of the year… ’tis is the Giving Season! I remember visiting a billionaire in his office about this time last year. I was there to try and get him interested in giving […]Continue reading «Are you a planned giver? Or an occasional giver?»

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How much should I be giving each year?

For a number of years I have had the good fortune to work as both a fundraiser and as a grantmaker across three continents – North America, Australia, and Asia. In my work, travels, and research, I have come across […]Continue reading «How much should I be giving each year?»

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