Our achievements and impacts

In our short history we have brought people together to listen and learn about why giving to women and girls is an important new approach to funding and philanthropy. Already there is anecdotal evidence that despite the global financial crisis, donations to women’s funds are increasing both worldwide and in Australia.

2019 Annual Report

November: Featuring co-recipients of the 2019 Sydney Peace Prize, Me Too Founder Tarana Burke and Tracey Spicer AM, our Annual Gender-Wise Event presented an important conversation on the power of the gender lens in philanthropic funding. Generously supported by the Sydney Peace Foundation and Herbert Smith Freehills, the event sparked discussion about how best to respond to the needs of women and girls to drive gender equality.

September: This year we held our first Not-For-Profit Information Session in response to the large volume of requests we receive from NFP leaders working to support women and girls who are looking for fundraising support and advice. 

July: We were delighted to partner with Philanthropy Australia once again to present the 2019 Gender-wise Philanthropy Award as part of the Philanthropy Australia Awards, generously sponsored by Netwealth.

June: Our Chair, Sam Mostyn, and our CEO, Julie Reilly, were delighted to present at the 2019 China – Australia Philanthropy Roundtable convened by Philanthropy Australia in June. 

May: We were delighted to convene a lunch in May, with the generous support of PWC, to introduce the Global Institute for Women’s Leadership (GIWL), at the invitation of the Hon. Julia Gillard, AC (Chair) and Professor Rosie Campbell (CEO).

2019: In partnership with Philanthropy Australia, our first Funders Group for Women and Girls for 2019 was proud to bring the wisdom and insights of Australian Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Kate Jenkins, on the ways philanthropy can support and advance gender equality. Our second tackled the critical issue of mental health and its broader impacts in society, featuring expert speakers Lucy Brogden AM and Professor Susan Sawyer.

2019: A personal trip to Byron Bay presented the opportunity for our CEO to convene a conversation with the growing philanthropic community in Byron Bay around support for women and girls.

2018 Annual Report

2018: Our CEO was delighted to share the stage with our Federal Sex Discrimination Commissioner, Kate Jenkins, leading philanthropist Audette Exel AO, and U.S based Rosalind Hudnell, President of the Intel Foundation, in a panel presentation on Women & Philanthropy at the GSW in Sydney. 

2018: We were greatly honoured to partner with Mutual Trust to present a compelling conversation with Malala’s father, Ziauddin Yousafzai, at a father daughter themed event. Generously hosted by Kerry Gardner AM and Andrew Myer AM at Cranlana, Ziauddin’s story invites us all to challenge social norms that perpetuate gender inequality.

2018: The dynamic duo of Leigh Sales and Annabel Crabb recorded a special episode of Chat 10 Looks 3 about the importance of ensuring philanthropic and charitable donations benefit women and girls, which was generously donated to Women Donors by Deanne Weir.

Ongoing: We are steadily growing the cohort of Australian members of Women Moving Millions, pledging $US1m to projects and organisations that advance gender equality.

November: In partnership with PwC we were proud to launch a new Funder’s Group for Women and Girls at two dynamic events featuring presentations from Elizabeth Proust AO (Melbourne) and Ann Sherry AO (Sydney).

October: In October we welcomed Sam Mostyn, one of Australia’s leading directors, as the new Chair of the Australian Women Donors Network. We thank Co-Founder and Deputy Chair Jill Reichstein for her recent board leadership.

September/October: Our CEO, Julie Reilly, has undertaken the Churchill Fellowship, awarded last year to explore global strategies for growing philanthropic investment in women and girls.

July: We were immensely proud to partner with Philanthropy Australia with support from Netwealth to present the 2018 Philanthropy Australia Gender-wise Philanthropy Award to the WeirAnderson Foundation.

May: Partnering with The Funding Network at an event generously hosted by Allens, $90,000 was raised for three grass-roots social change projects dedicated to supporting and empowering women and girls.

May: We were delighted to have been awarded Deductible Gift Recipient status (DGR 1), announced in the May budget and considered by the Senate in the final week of parliamentary sittings for the year.

March: The Auckland Community Foundation invited our CEO, Julie Reilly, to present at the first Women Give Summit in New Zealand held by the Auckland Community Foundation ahead of IWD.

2017 Annual Report

Ongoing: Women Moving Millions, increased from two members to seven representing donations and pledges representing $U.S.7m ($8.9m in Australian dollars) committed to women and girls. Our CEO attended the Women Moving Million Summit in NYC in September, helping to strengthen our connection to this growing global movement.

Ongoing: Our CEO Julie Reilly has been awarded a Churchill Fellowship to study global strategies for activating giving to women and girls

Ongoing: We supported the introduction of gender lens questions into Smartygrants, Perpetual’s Impact Grants and Blackbaud.

November: We facilitated a six event tour, inspiring audiences to take part in more philanthropic investment in women and girls with a future focus.

July: We recognised and celebrated Genderwise grant-making for the second time in partnership with Philanthropy Australia awarding Good Pitch and Caledonia Foundation

March: Our Network was delighted to support the launch of MECCA Brand’s corporate giving program on International Women’s Day.

2017: Our CEO facilitated a session designed to illustrate three different approaches to Corporate Giving at the 2017 Generosity Forum.

2017: Our Network was proud to be the supporting partner of the Victorian Women’s Trust in celebrating our co-founder, Eve Mahlabs 80th Birthday, where all funds raised went to the Victorian Women’s Trust Breakthrough actions for women’s economic security and safety.

2017: Our CEO presented on gender-wise philanthropy at a session introducing Fair Agenda to a group of donors.

2016 Annual Report

Ongoing: Provided specialist content and guidance to Our Community to support the introduction of gender-wise questions and tools to Smartygrants, Australia’s largest grants management system, to be rolled out in 2017.

Ongoing: Delivered Gender-Wise Board presentations to over 60 board representatives and Gender-Wise Workshops to grant-makers from more than 20 trusts and foundations.

November: The Power of Women Tour with Ann Lovell and Jacki Zehner saw 10 events in Sydney and Melbourne which engaged large audiences of philanthropists, family offices, wealth advisors, and not-for-profits, and saw several new members recruited to the global donor community Women Moving Millions and catalyzed a new women’s giving circle.

November: Launched the new Gender-Wise website which provides a digital version of our Gender-wise Toolkit for Grant-makers.

November: We were delighted to partner with The Funding Network for our first Melbourne ‘Women and Girls’ event for projects supporting women and children affected by family violence, which raised more than $110,000.

November: Our third year of involvement in GoodPitch2 saw Women Donors at the table for the table for the documentary film, ‘Beautiful Minds’, which celebrates and promotes women in STEM. We were also proud to announce support for the documentary film ‘Dying to Live’, acknowledging the different gendered approach to organ donation.

October: Initiated a round-table forum with the Victorian State Government on philanthropy and the alignment of gender equity initiatives to support the Victorian Gender Equality Strategy.

Worked with the Australian Charities & Not-for-Profit Commission to facilitate AIS reporting on gender composition of philanthropic boards.

April, September: Presented sessions on gender bias for the Swinburne University of Technology’s Asia Pacific Centre for Social Investment and Philanthropy Master’s Program.

February: Joined the DFAT delegation to Indonesia to provide a gender perspective in discussions of Australia-Indonesia philanthropy.

January: Established the inaugural Gender-Wise Award as part of Philanthropy Australia’s annual awards, celebrating initiatives which lead the way in advancing women and girls.