Canva
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Canva’s billionaire co-founders are not yet 40, and already they’re planning to give their fortune away

- September 15, 2021 3 MIN READ

Canva’s billionaire co-founders Melanie Perkins and Cliff Obrecht have acted on their oft-stated goal to give their fortune away after the privately-owned design startup’s valuation nearly trebled to $55 billion today. The duo, who married in back in their home state of WA earlier this year (he’d proposed with a $30 engagement ring two years… Read more »

Ben Quilty
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Atlassian’s Mike Cannon-Brookes & Scott Farquhar have donated $2 million to artist Ben Quilty’s campaign to help Afghan refugees

- August 30, 2021 2 MIN READ

A campaign by artist Ben Quilty to raise $30,000 to help people in Afghanistan has turned into a $4.5 million donation for the UNHCR thanks to support from Atlassian co-founders Mike Cannon-Brookes and Scott Farquhar. Early last week, when Quilty’s fundraising campaign for the UNHCR, to help people in Taliban-controlled Kabul following the withdrawal of… Read more »

The Good Box, Gali Blacher, Maddy Jones
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Two female founders helping vulnerable people through lockdowns need a helping hand

- July 19, 2021 2 MIN READ

A social enterprise startup that’s helping keep the homeless warm and fed during lockdowns needs more support to deal with growing demand. Sydney-based Gali Blacher and Maddy Jones co-founded the social enterprise The Good Box as a simple way to assist people on the streets. Working together in Sydney’s CBD, they saw the awkward interactions… Read more »

Atlassian, Mike Cannon-Brookes, Scott Farquhar
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The Atlassian Foundation is helping startup founders ramp up their philanthropic efforts with equity pledges

- June 16, 2021 3 MIN READ

Startup founders who want to do more to change the world through philanthropy now have an easier way to achieve it as part of the global Pledge 1% movement. The Atlassian Foundation has partnered with PwC Australia, Herbert Smith Freehills, and Australian Philanthropic Services to create a Deed of Equity Gift. The Deed gives startup… Read more »

Amy Lesnick, Pledge 1%
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The world’s biggest VC firms are backing Pledge 1% to help startups donate $6.5 billion to charity

- June 9, 2021 3 MIN READ

Philanthropic movement Pledge 1% has partnered with the world’s leading venture capital firms with a goal of donating A$6.5 billion (US$5bn) in new charity funding over the next five years. The new program, Boardroom Allies, will see a group of leading US and global VCs, including Australia’s Blackbird Ventures, commit to helping portfolio companies set… Read more »

Story Factory reading to children
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The Envato Foundation adds $500,000 more in support to charities for children’s education

- May 28, 2021 2 MIN READ

The Envato Foundation has ramped up its charity work adding two new organisations to its ongoing support program. The Foundation is the charitable arm of creative marketplace Envato, which donates 1% of the company’s annual pre-tax profits to fund its work.  Its new partners have a children’s education focus: online tutoring and education services support… Read more »