Side events

Philanthropy Australia, in collaboration with our partners, is planning a variety of side events for Conference participants to meet and network, and to explore the rich culture and landscape of Adelaide and many other wonderful places in South Australia. 

Side events will support local businesses and for purpose organisations. Places are limited, so register early to secure your spot!

Please contact Renata Zanetti, at Philanthropy Australia if you would like to discuss holding an additional side event. 

Kangaroo Island Field Trip

Saturday 3 August – Monday 5 August (inclusive)

Hosted by the Australian Environmental Grantmakers Network (AEGN) in partnership with Philanthropy Australia, the field trip offers you the opportunity to hear from local conservation experts and learn about the island’s bushfire response and recovery, and the role of philanthropy. See on-ground initiatives first-hand, meet funders from around the country and enjoy local produce. 

Please download the brochure to find out more and register now as places are limited for the Kangaroo Island Field Trip.


Ngutu College Tour

Monday 5 August

9.30am – 11.00am ACST

Location: 32 Audley Street, Woodville North SA 5012

An opportunity to experience Ngutu College's unique and rich learning environments with the Head of College, Andrew Plastow. At Ngutu, learning opportunities acknowledge and engage the individuality of all children and young people in an experiential environment in which Aboriginal knowledges are seamlessly integrated with the formal curriculum. 

The College tour will take approximately 1.5 hours and will include morning tea.

Download the tour information.

Intended audience: all welcome.

The College tour is limited to 20 attendees only.


If you would like to attend please contact Jess Perrin by Friday 26 July at

First Nations walking tour

Monday 5 August

10.00am – 12.00pm ACST

Location: TBC and close to the Adelaide Convention Centre and the River Torrens

This two-hour experience, led by Kaurna and Ngarrindjeri man Drew Kilner, includes workshops at a special site in the CBD and is specifically designed to be engaging and capture the interest of attendees. Through the experience attendees will be provided the opportunity to develop an understanding of the city as Kaurna land.

Cost: $30

Intended audience: all welcome. 

The walking tour is limited to 60 attendees only.

Register here.

Social Enterprise Bus Tour

Monday 5 August

12:50pm – 5:30pm ACST

Pickup: Adelaide Convention Centre, North Terrace, Adelaide

Brought to you by local social enterprises GOGO Events and Think Enough, The South Australian Social Enterprise Council, and Westpac Foundation, this exclusive bus tour invites you to explore the innovative landscape of South Australian social enterprises. Engage with local social entrepreneurs, learn about diverse business models driving social impact, and witness firsthand the unique solutions these enterprises offer to address community challenges.

The Social Enterprise Bus Tour will take approximately 5 hours and will include an afternoon snack.

Cost: $120

Intended audience: This tour is most suited to people and organisations who are interested in funding social enterprises and social enterprise founders.

Registration: Please register here. If you have any query, please contact

AIDN Global Development Leadership Series 2024

Monday 5 August

4.30pm – 6.00pm ACST

Location: Adelaide Convention Centre

The series brings together senior leaders from across Australia representing government, international NGOs (INGOs) and private capital. 

The series facilitates structured, action-oriented conversations regarding critical issues in international development and uniquely enables leaders to build collaborative, cross-sector relationships in order to improve development outcomes. 

The GDLD series is a joint initiative of the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID) and Australian International Development Network (AIDN). 

Intended audience:

Australia’s international development community, which includes, (a) INGOs, (b) policy makers, (c) philanthropists, (d) investors and (e) impact-focused businesses.


Invitation only. If you would like to attend please contact Julie Rosenberg:

Welcome Drinks – Philanthropy Australia Conference

Monday 5 August

6.00pm – 7.30pm ACST

Location: Adelaide Convention Centre

Cost: Complimentary with the Philanthropy Australia Conference pass.

Conference delegates are invited to continue discussions in a social setting and connect with peers at the Philanthropy Australia Welcome Drinks. 

Intended audience: All Conference attendees.

Registration via Conference registration process. If you have already registered for the Conference and would like to add the Welcome Drinks to your registration, please contact us at


Family foundations breakfast

Tuesday 6 August

7.30am – 8.30am ACST

Location: Adelaide Convention Centre

Family foundations network members are invited to meet during a casual breakfast before attending the Conference sessions. 

Intended audience: family foundations.


FGII Peer to Peer Breakfast: Barriers and enablers for impact investing

Tuesday 6 August

7.00am – 8.15am ACST

Location: Adelaide Convention Centre

This is the first FGII peer to peer learning session and in-person member event where a panel of FGII Members will share their diverse impact investing journeys.

Intended audience: FGII Members only.


Breakfast of Champions for Gender Equality

Tuesday 6 August

7.30am – 8.30am ACST

Location: Adelaide Convention Centre

Please join us for a breakfast overlooking the Adelaide riverbank. Connect with friends and allies, both new and old, as we celebrate our diverse roles in championing gender equality. Special guests Natasha Stott Despoja AO, Commissioner of the South Australian Royal Commission into Domestic, Family and Sexual Violence and UN CEDAW Member and Cat Kay, Managing Partner at Perpetual Private, will join us to share their insights and perspectives on the local and international quest for gender equality and how philanthropy can supercharge the process.

Co-hosted by: Australian's Investing In Women; Perpetual; Philanthropy Australia; and the ResourceFULL Collective (International Women's Development Agency, Pacific Feminist Fund and Urgent Action Fund, Asia and Pacific). Generously sponsored by Red Rocket Foundation. 

Intended audience: Gender equality funders and advocates.

By invitation. If you have any queries, please contact Julie Reilly OAM:

Philanthropy Australia Conference Dinner

Tuesday 6 August

6.30pm – 9.30pm ACST

Location: Adelaide Convention Centre

Cost: $250

Conference delegates are invited to continue discussions in a social setting and connect with peers at the Philanthropy Australia Conference Dinner. 

Intended audience: All Conference attendees.

Registration via Conference registration process. If you have already registered for the Conference and would like to add the Dinner to your registration, please contact us at


First Nations funders breakfast

Wednesday 7 August

7.30am – 8.30am ACST

Location: Adelaide Convention Centre

First Nations funders network members and First Nations attendees are invited to meet during a casual breakfast before attending the Conference sessions. 

Intended audience: First Nations funders.


Breakfast on innovation, ageing and death

Wednesday 7 August

7.30am – 8.30am ACST

Location: Adelaide Convention Centre, John Hopkins Room (short stroll to the convention centre) 

Together in partnership, ProvedaGood Flock, 5point Foundation and the WICKING Trust invite you to a discussion on how might we spark and channel a significant growth in investment to support innovators shifting how we do ageing and death. A light breakfast will be served.  

Cost: Free

Intended audience: all welcome

More information and Register here

Breakfast panel: COP31 – Australia’s opportunity

Wednesday 7 August

7.30am – 8.45am ACST

Location: TBA, close to the Adelaide Convention Centre

Australia has officially bid to co-host COP31 in 2026 in partnership with the Pacific.

COPs (Conference of the Parties) are the leading global platform where different entities and sectors collectively discuss, debate and create more inclusive climate solutions.

With global attention focused on host countries, COP31 could be a defining moment for Australia and the Pacific that will catalyse innovation, investment and impact on climate solutions.

Hosted by WWF-Australia and Perpetual, this breakfast panel, facilitated by Craig Connelly, Partner at Perpetual Limited, will discuss how COP31 is our chance – across all communities throughout Australia and the Pacific – to deliver real change for people, the climate and nature.

Intended audience: all conference attendees are welcome

Registration: Please RSVP here. Registration is required for seating and dietary needs. For any queries, please contact Emma Perez:

LGBTIQ+ philanthropy breakfast: Intersectional giving

Wednesday 7 August

7.30am arrival, 7.45am – 8.30am ACST

Location: Stamford Plaza Adelaide, 150 North Terrace

GiveOUT, The Aurora Group and Equality Australia are three national LGBTIQ+-led organisations that share a vision of equality for all LGBTIQ+ people. Along with the esteemed guests, they are delighted to invite you to a special breakfast event on learnings from LGBTIQ+ philanthropy to coincide with the 2024 Philanthropy Australia Conference.

Register here 

Hear the voices of our future leaders!

Wednesday 7 August

5:30pm - 7:30pm ACST (immediately following the conclusion of the Conference)

Location: Soho Supper Club, Festival Plaza, North Terrace, Adelaide
Hosted by Youth Opportunities and Future Generation Global, guests will enjoy an evening of networking and being inspired by young people, with light refreshments and canapes. The evening showcases young people’s perspectives on leadership, barriers to success, and skills needed for the future.

Intended audience: All conference attendees are welcome, particularly those interested in young people and philanthropy for the future. 


Please register by 12 July at


Coorong Field Trip

Thursday 8 August

Attendees leave in the morning and return in the afternoon; lunch included; limited numbers

Registration: To register your interest, please contact


Chicago the Musical – Performance

Sunday 4, Tuesday 6, Wednesday 7 and Thursday 8 August

Varied times, please visit the website to find out more.

Cost: $69.90 - $159.90 

The international multi-award-winning and longest-running musical on Broadway, is coming to the Festival Theatre from August with a star-studded line up.

Created by the musical theatre talents of John Kander, Fred Ebb and legendary choreographer Bob Fosse, CHICAGO has been honoured with 6 Tony Awards®, 2 Olivier Awards, and a Grammy®.

Intended audience: All welcome.


Reimagining the Renaissance

Open daily 10am-5pm, please visit the website to find out more

Free entry

Art Gallery of South Australia, North Terrace, Adelaide

Drawing from the Art Gallery of South Australia’s important collection of painting, sculpture, works on paper and decorative arts, alongside key loans from public and private collections, this exhibition will explore Northern and English Renaissance art together with that of the celebrated Italian masters to recontextualise these works within a broader art historical tradition and their continuing significance today. Placing humanism at its centre, Reimagining the Renaissance will provide an account of the revolutionary changes in art across Europe. 

Intended audience: All welcome. 

For more information:

The Questions

Saturday 3, Mon 5, Tue 6, Wed 7 August

Various times and access services, please visit the website to find out more

Cost: $39.00 - $95.00 

Space Theatre, Adelaide Festival Centre, North Terrace, Adelaide 

The State Theatre Company of SA launches a world premiere from iconoclastic Australian playwright, columnist and author Van Badham comes this world premiere edgy rom-com musical exploring the longest first date ever during a lockdown. It features  genre-busting, folk, punk and pop melodies from her long-time collaborator, composer Richard Wise.   

Intended audience: All welcome. 

Information and Tickets:

Australian Toys 1880–1965: The Luke Jones Collection

Saturday 3, Tue 6, Wed 7 August

10:00am – 4:00pm, please visit the website to find out more details

Cost: $10.00 - $12.00 

The David Roche Foundation House Museum, 241 Melbourne Street, North Adelaide 

The David Roche Foundation invites you to rediscover the excitement and wonder of childhood through this exhibition of historic Australian toys from the collection of Luke Jones. Initiated by a 9-year-old North Adelaide paperboy’s earnings, Jones has nurtured and researched his extensive collection for over 40 years. From board games to a toy Hills Hoist, this exhibition provides a detailed insight into Australian childhood through the lens of play. You will see a fascinating range of Australian toys made between the 1880s and the 1960s, including refined lithographed tinplate toys of the 1920s, charming folk art creations, mass-produced toys that emerged during the post-war period, and European and Japanese made toys with local relevance. Be engaged by toys which are inspired by historic events, be entertained by toys which celebrate Australia’s love of sport and be enchanted by fantasy creations straight from toymakers’ imaginations. 

Intended audience: All welcome. 

Information and Tickets:

More side events are coming soon!