December 19, 2017
Australia’s generosity is declining. A lack of spending recorded in recent months leaves us thinking about the impact this may have on the social change sector during the festive season.
The Charities Aid Foundation World Giving Index 2017, released in September, ranked Australia sixth across the globe. That’s a drop of three places, knocking Australia out of the top five. We’ve been overtaken by Myanmar, Indonesia, Kenya, New Zealand and the USA.
The outcomes of the 2017 CAF Giving Index, and low consumer spending, highlight the need to challenge thinking on how we frame giving for Australians who aren’t in a position to give money to charity. There are many opportunities to encourage Australians to participate in alternate ways and continue the dialogue about how Australians can make an impact at this time of year.
For many not-for-profits, volunteers form the foundations of their organisations. The Australian Charities report 2016 found that 1.3 million Australians are employed...Read More
May 22, 2017
Billionaire mining magnate Andrew Forrest gave $400 million to charity today, the single largest philanthropic donation by a living person in Australian history. Anna Spraggett, Think HQ Account Director, hopes it’s a sign of times to come.
There was a lot of attention on Andrew ‘ Twiggy’ Forrest today when he announced he was giving away $400 million to tackle cancer research, Indigenous disadvantage, the elimination of modern slavery and education. He was, after all, flanked by Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, who applauded his donation as a “gift to humanity”, and Opposition leader Bill Shorten. It’s harder to get higher company.
It’s a positive sign that Forrest’s gift has been treated so positively, and his message, that everyone should “give what you can, if it isn’t money then time is just as valuable,” is bang on.
It shows that Australia is moving in the right direction. This gift is important and people are talking about it. The more open we are about this, the better....Read More
October 03, 2016
In late August, Think HQ helped the Scanlon Foundation launch Australians Today – a new research report looking at life in Australia, as described by our diverse population.
“The Scanlon Foundation has been working with Think HQ for more than five years and we trust them to deliver every time.” Anthea Hancocks, CEO Scanlon Foundation
Our work to launch Australians Today involved:
- Creation of an interactive campaign site: see it here
- Media relations
- Stakeholder relations
- Event management for the report launch.
Think HQ secured high quality coverage across print, digital, radio and TV channels nationally and internationally. Print and digital media included more than 40 pieces of coverage, including pieces in The Age, The Guardian, The Australian, ABC, SBS and Nine News.
Prior to the launch, Think HQ briefed Ministers and government stakeholders on the results of Australians Today.
More than 120 attended the launch of...Read More
June 21, 2016
The Children’s Protection Society (CPS) engaged Think HQ to promote the expansion of its programs and services to its key target audiences. With a focus on stakeholder relations and collateral development, activity undertaken by Think HQ has included:
- Developing and delivering donor/funder engagement strategy
- Event management support
- Development and delivery of internal and external communication strategies
- Creation of social media and website content
- Development and design of a range of collateral
- production of a number of videos to showcase CPS' research and services
- Development of media materials
- Media release distribution to promote launch of new programs
- Case study management.