Playing piggy(bank) in the middle: Philanthropic foundations’ roles as intermediaries

Dr Alexandra presents at the CFE Forum…


Philanthropic foundations are often described as ‘intermediaries’ yet the term is neither defined nor de-constructed. This short paper identifies and briefly discusses 14 dimensions of the intermediary roles played by foundations, and groups them into four major themes: bringing parties together, capacity development and relationship building, temporal bridging, and sector-level or institutional intermediation.

About Dr Alexandra Williamson:

Alexandra 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.  Alex has more than a decade of prior experience working in private Australian philanthropic foundations.


Location: GP-B114
Start Date: 01/09/2021 [add to calendar]
Start Time: 12 noon
End Date: 01/09/2021
End Time: 1 PM
RSVP By: Wednesday 1st of September 2021
Organiser: The Centre for Future Enterprise
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