Philanthropy in the Pub focuses on citizen-centric philanthropy at new event

22 February 2017


Philanthropy in the Pub is hosted by The Benevolent Society, Australia’s oldest charity.

The next session, Wednesday, 8 March 2017 from 6-8pm, will be focussed on citizen-centric philanthropy – a concept that decision- making is better when it’s shaped by the knowledge and insight from communities….How working collaboratively and sharing power over decision-making can ultimately empower the delivery of the most effective type of philanthropy.

What is new is the way philanthropy is approached and carried out. The old way was good – this new approach is better. Several inspiring guests will speak at the event:

  • Belinda Bentley, Founder and Director, Radley Property, Australia’s first socially conscious real estate group promoting philanthropy through property transactions
  • Paul Harkin, Director Community Development, The Benevolent Society, where he harnesses the outward-looking, community-focussed services in the organisation, so that each service understands and is connected to the individual communities in which they are based
  • Melissa Smith, Founder and Director, Noble Ambition, a philanthropy & fundraising consultancy driven to multiply the scale and impact of philanthropy in Australia. She provides independent expert advice to philanthropists, non-profit Board Directors and CEOs focussing on strategy, impact and capacity building. Melissa is former Global Fundraiser of the Year (IFC)

Belinda Bentley, a key speaker and social entrepreneur, says: "Philanthropy can become second nature. It takes time to develop a socially conscious mindset and to understand where your skills and knowledge fit. Once you start to realise this fit, the opportunities to give back, whether it be socially or through business, are endless. It may take time for some business sectors to catch up with this mindset, but what's critical is patience. I hope with grit and perseverance, business sectors, like real estate, will work more with not for profits to ensure a better outcome for the broader community. Collaboration is the missing key here. This session will help you learn how to do that."

James Clampett, Director of Philanthropy at The Benevolent Society, admits that sometimes the concept of philanthropy can seem foreign or even scary.

"Many people want to support change or help others but are unsure about how to get involved. We developed Philanthropy in the Pub for new and emerging philanthropists to engage with like-minded people in a social venue. It really is what the title suggests – a conversation about philanthropy at the Imperial Hotel Paddington in the evening over a drink. Everyone is welcome."

The event focussing on citizen-centric philanthropy will be held at the Imperial Hotel on Oxford St, Paddington. Cost is $25 including canapés.

When:    8 March 2017, 6pm-8pm

Where:   The Imperial Hotel, 252 Oxford St, Paddington


For interviews with the speakers, please contact:


Melanie King, Manager Media Relations & Public Affairs, The Benevolent Society


02 8262 3547

About The Benevolent Society

The Benevolent Society is Australia’s first charity, working as a catalyst for social change for over 200 years. The Benevolent Society provides quality services in the areas of Child and Family Support and Assistance, and assisting older people and Australians with disability to age well and live a healthy life, staying in their homes wherever possible. For more information, please visit, on Facebook/thebenevolentsociety or on Twitter - @BenevolentSoc.