Upcoming Events

The Australian Women Donors Network is proud to present these very special events featuring global thought leader, author, entrepreneur, philanthropy trailblazer and change-maker Lisa Witter.

Lisa provides a new perspective on the forces of philanthropy, gender, entrepreneurship, and impact investing and how they interact with government policy. In keeping with our established tradition of presenting outstanding international speakers, Lisa’s interactive presentation style will inform, inspire and thoroughly engage you in examining how we can unleash the full potential of women and girls – surely one of the most significant challenges and exciting opportunities of our time.

For further information and to book, click on your City below:

MELBOURNE EVENT HERE – 12-2pm Tuesday 14 November, 2017

SYDNEY EVENT HERE - 12-2pm Friday 10 November, 2017

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Previous Events


Saturday 3 June 2017


On the occasion of Eve Mahlab's 80th birthday, please join the Victorian Women's Trust and the Australian Women Donors Network for a night of celebration! We’ll dance, dine and toast to the achievements of the women's movement, the women and men who contributed, and gather momentum for the road ahead.

This event is now fully booked. If you are not able to attend in person but would like to send your wishes, you can write Eve a birthday message or make a donation to the Dugdale Trust for Women and Girls as your gift here

Gender-wise philanthropy and unconscious bias: Paper Bag lunch series

Monday 1st May 2017, 12:30pm

Julie Reilly and Professor Bob Wood of the Centre for Ethical Leadership will present at Wendy Brooks Consulting's Paper Bag Lunch series.

Understanding and addressing unconscious bias, particularly around gender, is considered critical to good leadership and decision making in business and increasingly in government. But what does that mean for philanthropy and the social sector ? Please RSVP to team@wendybrooksconsulting.com.au by 25th April, 2017.

Register your interest here

WEBINAR: The Trump Effect – What will it mean for Philanthropy in Australia?

Thu 27th Apr 2017, 13:00 – 14:00

Our CEO, Julie Reilly, will join Hugh Hodges, Director Philanthropy at Harper Bernays Limited and Dr John Spierings, Executive Officer of the Reichstein Foundation to explore the potential impacts of Donald Trump's administration on social investment, philanthropy, and social policy. Join us for this interactive webinar where you can also present your views and pose questions

Register here


Nominations close Monday 13 February 2017

Award celebration Wednesday 5 April 2017

The 2017 Australian Philanthropy Awards recognise and celebrate recent extraordinary achievements in Australian philanthropy for work that is visionary, high impact and transformative.

The Gender-Wise Philanthropy Award, presented in partnership with the Australian Women Donor’s Network and FIIG Securities Ltd, recognises achievements from funding initiatives that advance gender equity through direct investment in projects or organisations that support women and girls or the integration of a gender lens. The funder can be investing philanthropically in women and girls either locally or internationally.

Nominate here by 13 February 2017.



Sydney – Thursday, 10 November 2016

Melbourne – Tuesday 15 November 2016

Women Moving Millions is a growing global community of over 250 members in 14 countries who have each given and/or pledged $1 million or more to organizations or initiatives (of their choosing) that benefit women and girls. Join these outstanding philanthropic leaders as they discuss this growing global philanthropic movement, and the compelling case for investing in women and girls. Please CLICK HERE


Gender is currently at the front and centre of the national conversation, in particular the role unconscious bias plays in our decision making. Join us to examine how bringing gender considerations to your granting can amplify your impact. For more information please CLICK HERE

Does Philanthropy need Champions of Change?

Lieutenant General David Morrison AO (Retd) Chair of the Diversity Council of Australia and 2016 Australian of the Year, in conversation with Catherine Fox. For more information please CLICK HERE. To listen to the audio recording of the Melbourne event, please CLICK HERE.

The X-Factor: Putting Sex and Gender Under the Microscope in Medical Research

A special event for medical research funders, and other interested parties, to learn about the importance of sex and gender in medical research funding. To register and find out more information CLICK HERE.

Funding with Gender and Cultural Wisdom

A special event for philanthropic supporters of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Women and Girls.
This is an event for funders only. To register and find out more information CLICK HERE.

The Community Impact of Investing in Women and Girls

An oration by Dame Julia Cleverdon DCVO, CBE in Melbourne on the 30th of April 2014. For more information please CLICK HERE.

Colleen Willoughby 'Power of Collaborative Giving' Australian Tour

A tour of Australia during August 2013 presenting at more than fourteen events across four cities on the Power of Collective Giving. For more information, please CLICK HERE.
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