Philanthropy

Purpose

To ensure schools manage and administer philanthropic arrangements appropriately.

Policy

Schools are required to meet their legislative responsibilities and to achieve a high standard of public financial management and accountability.

The Department's Policy statement on public-philanthropic partnerships provides a governance framework for high-value philanthropic investments. 

It articulates the:

  • public resource management obligations that staff must fulfil when engaging with philanthropy
  • key principles of behaviour staff must follow when dealing with philanthropists and not-for-profit organisations
  • key collaboration and negotiation criteria that must be applied when engaging with philanthropists and not-for-profits to set up partnerships.

Monetary threshold

Offers for philanthropic engagements and partnerships for schools can take a variety of forms – they may come at a low level of contact through networking and information sharing, or they may be formal and highly structured proposals requiring agreements to reflect significant commitments from key parties.

A monetary threshold for such offers of $250,000 has been set for schools:

  • below which schools may decide for themselves whether or not they wish accept the offer for a philanthropic engagement or partnership
  • above which schools must refer the offer for a philanthropic engagement or partnership to their respective Regional Director, who will assume decision making responsibility.

This monetary threshold covers both financial and in-kind contributions proposed to be made by the philanthropist to a school.

The monetary threshold for philanthropic partnerships and investments reflects the Department’s need to:

  • evaluate their impact on the educational outcomes for students across the State
  • ensure they are in alignment with Government policy
  • ensure they are managed and strategically leveraged
  • avoid poor utilisation of this source of funding
  • ensure project sustainability after they conclude
  • keep financial and reputational risk to a minimum
  • consider the level of influence which could be exercised by philanthropic partners.

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