Who are Australia’s biggest givers?

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Released earlier this year, a list of the top 15 known philanthropic gifts of 2014 in Australia revealed donations amounted to more than $3.41 billion.

Topping the list was the biggest single charitable donation ever given in Australia, $3 billion left by businessman and philanthropist Paul Ramsey to his personal foundation after he passed away in May 2014.

Both corporations and individuals featured on the list, with universities being among the most common donation recipients.

“Big gifts are fantastic and we want to see more of them, and we also want to see a broader culture of philanthropy develop and flourish in Australia,” said Philanthropy Australia CEO Louise Walsh, in an interview with Pro Bono Australia.

“It’s important that we aim to grow giving in all its forms, we also want to see more people engaged in philanthropy through giving circles, workplace giving and community foundations. Lots of relatively small contributions from lots of people can and do have a big impact in our community.”

Check out the list below:

Top 15 known philanthropic gifts of 2014

  1. Almost $3 billion – Paul Ramsay – Donated to the Ramsay Foundation.
  2. $200 million – Crown Resorts Foundation and Packer family – Donated to the National Philanthropic Foundation.
  3. $100 million – Westpac – Donated to the Westpac Bicentennial Fund.
  4. $26 million – Michael Buxton – Donated to the University of Melbourne.
  5. $20 million ($5 million over four years) – BHP Billiton – Donated to the Telethon Kids Institute.
  6. $10.4 million Prof Brian Trudinger – Donated to the University of Sydney.
  7. $10 million – Greg Poche AO – Donated to the University of Melbourne.
  8. $10 million Greg Poche AO – Donated to the University of Queensland.
  9. $7.8 million – Ian Potter Foundation – Donated to Questacon.
  10. $5 million Wesfarmers – Donated to the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research.
  11. $5 million – McCusker Charitable Foundation – Donated to the University of WA Centre for Citizenship.
  12. $5 million – Roy and Nola Thompson – Donated to the University of the Sunshine Coast.
  13. $5 million – The Nelune Foundation – Donated to the Prince of Wales Hospital, Randwick.
  14. $5 million – Wesfarmers – Donated to the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research.
  15. $4.5 million – BHP Billiton – Donated to the Royal Flying Doctors Service.

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Source: ProBono Australia


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