Australian Philanthropy Top 200
It's a regular topic of discussion in Australian philanthropy: how much do Australia's wealthy give - and is it enough?
In 2011, FR&C put together a list of over 100 Australian donors (and
some non-Australian donors to Australian causes) who have given over $1m. We’ve
updated the list – now with over 200 individuals and families listed!
We’ve only included people
and families whose philanthropy has been mentioned in the public domain –
either with a firm figure or with an estimate (we’ve put firm dollars ahead of
estimates, even where it’s likely that the estimated figures are
We’ve provided links
to the sources we’ve used for each person’s giving. We’ve drawn on previous published lists and added a lot of information from our Giftsearch database and our own researches. And we’ll revise the list over time – if you have a suggestion for an
update, email us.
For more detail on Australian giving, see our GiftSearch database – over 150,000 Australian donations listed, worth
more than $1.8 billion.
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Known giving and pledges over $100m
- Myer Family - $179m in total
giving to 2012, via the Myer Foundation and Sidney Myer Fund, not counting additional giving by Myer family
members via their own foundations and PAFs. Recent giving includes a $10m gift
from the Myer Foundation, the Ian Potter Foundation, and Martyn and Louise Myer
to the University of Melbourne (2013)
Known giving and pledges over $50m
- Gates Foundation - over $50m in Australian giving, including $12.4m to
UNSW (2008), $9.7m to Murdoch University (2004), $8.7m to George Institute
(2007), $5m to Australian International Health Institute (2004), $4.4m to QUT
(2009), $2.9m to QUT (2008), $2.9m to Walter and Eliza Hall Institute (2007),
$2m to University of Queensland (2008), $4m to University of Queensland (2013)
- Graham and Louise Tuckwell - $50m to ANU for a scholarship fund (2013)
Known giving over $10m
Known giving over $1m