Media Release

The Paul Ramsay Foundation and Philanthropy Australia have today announced the ten organisations that will participate in the final round of an innovative form of peer to peer philanthropy where organisations work together on projects and successful grantees are determined by the applicants themselves. 

This has been developed in collaboration with our partners, the Social Impact Hub, who ran the Solve It Australia Masterclasses that preceded this program. The masterclasses presented the problem solving framework to develop these projects. 

In an Australian-first, Creating Partnerships for Potential – A Peer to Peer Initiative will bring together ten organisations with ten new well-formed ideas to help break the cycle of disadvantage. The participating organisations are: 

  1. Asthma Australia 
  2. Burnet Institute 
  3. Campbell Page Limited 
  4. Fitzroy Legal Service 
  5. Good Cycles Limited 
  6. Hand Up Mallee 
  7. Neami National 
  8. Star Health 
  9. The Benevolent Society 
  10.  The Smith Family 

After a two day residential program during which they will collectively develop and evaluate each proposal, the organisations themselves will determine the five ideas that receive funding. 

Proposals cover a diverse range of communities and systems of disadvantage including: 

  • Building the capacity of health professionals to decrease hospitalisations from asthma 
  • Parental, mental health related and youth employment issues 
  • Early childhood development factors including single parenting, socioeconomic disadvantage and out of home care 
  • Supporting the legal decision making of people with disabilities 
  • Improving culturally relevant approaches for education access for Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander students 

Chief Capabilities Officer Jo Taylor said; “We know that we don’t have all the answers here at the Foundation. 

“We are experimenting with new ways of working; enabling the Paul Ramsay Foundation initiatives to be led by the expertise of the individuals and organisations working deep in communities all over Australia.” 

This new initiative enables leaders with ‘hands on experience’ to be at the centre of decision making in this initiative. 

CEO of Philanthropy Australia, Sarah Davies said; “We are thrilled to have the support of the Paul Ramsay Foundation to deliver this pioneering approach to philanthropy.” 

“We will continue to look for ways to make philanthropy in Australia as inclusive, collaborative and effective as possible.” 

All organisations and their proposals have undergone rigorous pre-assessment to ensure the highest standards. The peer to peer evaluation process is based on an evidence based methodology built over ten years by US pioneers Village Capital. 

Media contact: Michael Buckland, Paul Ramsay Foundation 0401 089 932 


Paul Ramsay Foundation 

The Paul Ramsay Foundation seeks to identify and partner with individuals, communities and organisations working to create an Australia where people can overcome disadvantage and realise their potential. 

The late Paul Ramsay AO established the Foundation in 2006 and, after his death in 2014, left the majority of his estate to continue his philanthropy for generations to come. 

His commitment to good works has allowed the Paul Ramsay Foundation to support the for-purpose sector with grants of more than $200 million made since 2016 to more than 70 different partners, committed as we are to achieving lasting change. 

Philanthropy Australia 

As the peak body, Philanthropy Australia serves a community of funders, social investors and social change agents working to achieve positive social, cultural, environmental and community change by leveraging their financial assets and influence. 

Informed, independent and with reach and credibility, Philanthirpy Australia gives our members a collective voice and ability to influence and shape the future of the sector and advance philanthropy. 

The Philanthropic community comes together through Philanthropy Australia to build its collective voice; research and leadership; networks and collaboration; professional learning and resources and; information and data exchange. 

Our membership consists of approximately 700 trusts, foundations, organisations, families, individual donors, professional advisers, intermediaries and not-for-profit organisations. 

Social Impact Hub 

The Social Impact Hub helps change agents accelerate their impact. Through advice, thought leadership, collaboration, education and the mobilisation of capital, the Social Impact Hub catalyses, empowers and enables those creating a world where people and the planet thrive. 

The Social Impact Hub is a trusted partner for a broad range of bold, forward-thinking organisations including social enterprises, purpose-driven businesses, not-for-profit organisations, corporates, foundations, funders, impact investors, film makers and universities.