ACPNS researcher, Dr Alexandra Williamson recently presented her paper, ‘Perceptions and conceptions of ‘place’ in Australian public foundations’ at QUT’s Centre for Future Enterprise’s E-Future Enterprise Forum.
The recording is freely available via the ACPNS YouTube channel
This study, by QUT researchers, Alexandra Williamson, Belinda Luke and Craig Furneaux, examines place-based philanthropy in Public Ancillary Funds (PubAFs) in Australia. While PubAFs vary greatly in their purposes, stakeholders, and operating models, place emerges as a strong element of foundations’ perceived identity, strategic focus and grantmaking. This paper advances understanding of philanthropic giving by investigating and identifying the perceptions of place by PubAF managers and trustees, contributing a novel and valuable ‘insiders’ perspective on PubAFs. Adopting Agnew’s (1987) three elements of place, namely location, locale and sense of place, key findings highlight PubAFs’ ties to place in multiple contexts and dimensions. This qualitative study contributes to understandings of the ways in which place shapes and defines giving by public foundations, overlaps and interacts with foundations’ mission and strategy, and affects philanthropic impact.