End of Year & Season’s Greetings Newsletter

With the end of the year in sight, we want to take a moment to thank you for being part of our growing Gender-wise community and to share some of the achievements this year of which we are most proud.

2023 highlights include:

  • The ongoing impact of Deloitte Access Economics (DAE) research report Breaking the Norm: Unleashing Australia’s economic potential that continued to be referenced in 2023, including as key data underpinning the recommendations of the Women’s Economic Equality Taskforce led by our Chair, Sam Mostyn AO. We have since invested, alongside Minderoo Foundation, in a follow up piece of research with DAE that will be released early in 2024.
  • Preliminary research to assess the status of gender considerations in state and federal government investments in housing, and to gauge the appetite for collaborating with philanthropy. The consultation workshop leveraged the strong engagement with our research report A Home of One’s Own – Philanthropic and social sector solutions for women’s housing by Per Capita that was published in 2022.
  • Development of a new resource, Equitable Foundations: A Framework for Gender-wise Philanthropy in Partnerships to support a gender lens on partnerships in philanthropy, produced in collaboration with the University of Melbourne’s Social Equity Institute, thanks to support from the Paul Ramsay Foundation. We look forward to launching the Case Study Report and Framework early in the new year.
  • Our first State of Gender-wise Giving annual survey of the AFR’s Top 50 Private and Corporate givers, designed to assess and track the extent to which gender equity is a consideration in their giving, thanks to the generous support of the Evolved Group.
  • Community engagement events including teaming up with the Champions of Change Coalition to present Sharpening our Focus on Corporate Giving: Keeping Gender Equality in The Frame’; with Plan International and Philanthropy Australia to introduce the Gender Compass to the philanthropic sector; joining a Vogue Codes panel discussion on women in STEM and hosting a fire-side conversation with technology executive and ex Change.org CEO, Jennifer Dulski on female start-up culture in partnership with the Menzies Foundation.
  • Welcoming our new Communications and Engagement Lead, Ella Mitchell, and a new Board Director and Treasurer, Karen Kandur.



These are some standouts among many impactful events and activities we have engaged in this year and we look forward to sharing more in our 2023 Annual Report to be published in January.

We are mindful that the events of recent months, the defeat of the referendum, the conflict in the Middle East, and the ripple effects globally and in Australia, alongside increasing climate disasters make this a very difficult time for many communities. We hope for peace and safety for all and wish you and your families the very best for the festive season and a happy, healthy, and prosperous 2024.

With kind regards and very best wishes,

Julie Reilly, CEO of Australians Investing In Women






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