Last week we continued our ‘Philanthropy conversation series’, a series of events which brings together individuals who are committed to growing philanthropy in Australia, with two seminars held in Sydney and Melbourne.

We were very fortunate to have special guest speaker, Mae Hong, Vice-President, Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisers (RPA) (USA) and Chair of Grantmakers for Effective Organisations (GEO) – who is an internationally recognised grant-making and philanthropy expert.

During a ‘Q&A’ style session chaired by Ben Clark, Head of Philanthropy, Mae provided the audience with colourful insights into:

  • the US philanthropy sector
  • giving trends in the US
  • effective philanthropy concepts: the importance of capacity building grants and impact investing
  • the role of philanthropic advisers such as RPA.

For more information on Mae’s work at the RPA and GEO, please visit and

Media coverage of the event:

  • 'Mae Hong on "performance enhancing philanthropy"', Ben Clark,
  • 'Philanthropy "enjoying an important moment" but grantee capacity can't be ignored', Chris Riches,

To find out more about our philanthropic services, visit the philanthropy section of our website or contact Ben Clark, Head of Philanthropy on