Perceptions and conceptions of ‘place’ in Australian public foundations presented by Dr Alex Williamson I E-Future Enterprise Forum



This study 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


Dr Alexandra Williamson is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies (ACPNS) in the QUT Business School at Queensland University of Technology (QUT).  She holds a PhD and a Master of Business (Research) from QUT examining the accountability of philanthropic foundations, and a Master of Business (Philanthropy and Social Investment) from Swinburne University of Technology.  Her research is focused on philanthropic foundations, accountability and place-based giving, contributing to theoretical understandings of how foundations engage with stakeholders in community and institutional settings. Prior to commencing in academia in 2011, she had 14 years involvement in philanthropic foundations and grantmaking, in roles which involved researching and implementing grantmaking strategies.


Location: Online
Start Date: 28/08/2020 [add to calendar]
Start Time: 11am
End Date: 28/08/2020
End Time: 11.45am
RSVP By: Friday 28th of August 2020
Organiser: Centre for Future Enterprise