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How can philanthropy tackle poverty and inequality?

Reducing inequality is one of the Reichstein Foundation’s strategic priories. We highlight here some of the approaches we believe will be effective.

Tracking inequality and building the case for change

The Reichstein Foundation, along with the BB & A Miller Fund, Hartline Fund, and Social Justice Fund (sub-funds of Australian Communities Foundation), is supporting ACOSS to maximise the impact of their crucial research into inequality. We are also supporting work to find out how Australians perceive inequality, again through a funding collaboration with the Australian Communities Foundation.

In June 2015, ACOSS released:

This video explains how unbalanced Australian society has become: Inequality in Australia: A nation divided

Ten ways to tackle inequality

Leading Australian researchers, key decision-makers in Government and expert community sector representatives have come together to consider what to do about growing inequality.

Non-profit company Australia21, with think tank The Australia Institute and the Australian National University convened a roundtable in early 2014, which resulted in the publication of a major report on tackling inequality: ‘Advance Australia Fair? What to do about growing inequality in Australia’.

The report has identified ten key actions and policy levers that are available to government, which would be effective in reducing inequality.  The Reichstein Foundation proudly supported Australia21 to produce the report.

Australia21 also created three very short videos about addressing inequality in Australia, based on the report.