As ACP members, Community Foundation practitioners have access to regular peer learning opportunities, information sessions and networking, usually via zoom. Occasional face-to-face events, including a national conference, are part of the events program.
Members share resources and information and provide a peer support network for practitioners working in isolation.
ACP collects and shares best practice examples, including from community foundations abroad. Our showcase and awards programs publicly recognise outstanding achievements within the sector.
As a valuable and unique form of community infrastructure, community foundations empower communities to address local challenges themselves.
They seek to build social capital, catalyse development and strengthen community; they engage with their constituents as donors, advisors and volunteers. Community foundations are responsive to the challenges facing their communities and leverage their deep local knowledge to respond to need through their purposeful grant-making.
And yet, community foundations – which harness local resources, strengthen community and build local capacity – are fettered by a regulatory framework that creates significant barriers. The existing tax laws are inhibiting the growth and impact of community foundations.
ACP undertakes and coordinates key projects. Examples include Supporting the development of community philanthropy in WA, an initiative started in 2020 with support from the Minderoo Foundation, and the 2014 research project Mapping the Community Foundation sector.
Publications resulting from our project work and lots of other useful information can be found on our resources page.
This community-driven data program was originally developed by community foundations in Canada.
A growing number of Australian Community Foundations are using the Vital Signs methodology to map the strengths and needs of their communities to improve the collective quality of life.
We will not be holding any in-person events in the foreseeable future.
Please stay tuned for virtual workshops and video chats that we’ll be coordinating to keep our members and community philanthropy colleagues informed.
POSTPONED TO APRIL 2021
Community Foundations Conference
One day conference will be held for the Australian Community Foundations network, featuring an international guest speaker, with the ACP AGM taking place on the same day. This conference will precede the Philanthropy Australia National Conference 2021.