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Wood bets on Guardian, so what now for philanthropic media?

The Global Mail’s experiment in philanthropic journalism via Graeme Wood looks doomed. So what did we learn about funding journalism in the future?

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As family ties break, will the rich save our newspapers?

The family is getting out of newspapers in the United States, leaving rich philanthropists to redefine what big-city newspapers are. So what will the media charitable causes in Australia do?

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Watching the watchmen: Charles Lewis on non-profit journalism

Charles Lewis, the US-based “godfather of non-profit investigative journalism”, speaks to Matthew Knott about the growing importance of philanthropically funded reporting. And Lewis has some tips on making it work …

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Is money for Australian art in Venice a little rich?

Australia is getting a new pavilion at the Venice Biennale, largely funded by private donors. But very few of us will ever see it. The rich are spending more on art, but do we really benefit?

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Creative partnerships: a new approach to giving in the arts

Philanthropy in the arts is due for a shake-up. Crikey talks to the CEO of the federal government’s new arts philanthropy organisation, Creative Partnerships Australia.

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Don’t just blame the 1% on charity donations

Crikey readers have their say.

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Dame Elisabeth: the end of an era of philanthropy?

The death of one of Australia’s most generous philanthropists overnight has sparked questions about whether other wealthy people should donate more. Is this the end of an era?

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Mitchell’s plan to shake down the rich for more arts funding

Harold Mitchell’s review of arts philanthropy should be welcomed by the sector and its recommendations should be adopted by Arts Minister Simon Crean.

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Costello: ‘name and shame’ not the way to the rich’s pockets

In a sense Australia’s greatest philanthropists are to be found in places such as Toowoomba and Frankston, not Toorak or Potts Point, writes Tim Costello, CEO of World Vision Australia.

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Daniel Petre: the decline of generosity

We are too focused on our own needs and on hoarding more with the sad result that we lack the ability to care for others or approach life with a generous demeanor and spirit, writes Daniel Petre, executive chairman of Netus and head of the Petre Foundation.

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UNSW board backs naming decision, students want backdown

The University of NSW academic board have overwhelmingly voted to endorse a decision to bestow the naming rights of a College of Fine Arts school to Dr Gene and Brian Sherman. But students are now calling for the Shermans to personally reject the university’s decision.

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What’s in a name? UNSW fracas over school naming rights

A storm is brewing at UNSW over the decision to bequeath the naming rights of a school to a private benefactor, after the university announced last month that it would name a College of Fine Arts facility and gallery after two arts patrons.

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Our rich are the most stingy

Over the past year, at a series of secret dinners held under a “cone of silence”, some of the world’s wealthiest people have been plotting a giant conspiracy that could, literally, change the world.

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Billionaires, give your money away!

Warren Buffet and Bill Gates are asking US billionaires to pledge at least half of their fortunes to charity. This has the potential to completely change philanthropy forever, says Carol Loomis.

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Soros spends $1b on a green paint job

Billionaire George Soros has received plenty of positive press for pledging to invest $1 billion in green technology and forming an environmental lobby group. But is lobbying for your investments really philanthropy? Or just rent-seeking?

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