Better Together 2019: National Community Foundations Forum

Community Foundation practitioners and other change-makers focused on place and local communities met in Goolwa in South Australia in October.

The 2019 Forum theme Better Together affirms the central role of collaboration and solidarity in community philanthropy. At the Forum, we will explore how we can work better with different partners to strengthen local impact for our communities, and how community foundations can work more closely together as a sector to amplify our collective voice and visibility.

Australian Community Philanthropy would like to acknowledge that the Forum will take place on the traditional lands of the Ngarrindjeri people, the traditional owners of the lower Murray River, western Fleurieu Peninsula and the Coorong of South Australia.


  • The National Community Foundations Forum is Australia’s premier learning and networking opportunity for Community Foundation leaders, practitioners, friends and supporters of community philanthropy.
  • The Forum offers inspiration, education and connection. It invites us to explore local responses to the big challenges we all face around Australia – environmental, social, economic and cultural.
  • Guided by our hosts from the Fleurieu Community Foundation, we will take a closer look at the local experience with community philanthropy, then put this in a wider context with the help of invited keynote speakers providing a big-picture perspective.
  • The program includes site visits, a key note community event, conference dinner,
    practical how-to sessions, and time to network.
  • Registration covers all sessions Tuesday-Thursday, welcome reception, Forum dinner, morning/afternoon teas and lunches, and excursion / site visits.
  • Not included is cost of travel, accommodation, breakfasts, and Tuesday evening meal. A pre-conference workshop is offered as an optional extra at additional cost – refer below.

Getting there

Goolwa is roughly 85 kilometres south from Adelaide Airport, we recommend travelling by car or bus. More information on getting there here.

Where to stay in Goolwa

Goolwa is a riverside town just south of Adelaide. There is a range of accommodation options catering to all needs and budgets. More details can be found here.

Program overview

His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le AC, Governor of South Australia, will officially open the Forum

His Excellency Hieu Van Le AC is the 35th Governor of South Australia. He has held this position since 1 September 2014.

He is the first person of Asian heritage to be appointed a state governor in Australia. Governor Le was previously served the state’s lieutenant-governor from 2007 to 2014. He also served as chair of the South Australian Multicultural and Ethnic Affairs Commission (SAMEAC) from 2006 to 2009.

Pre-Forum Masterclass with The Funding Network

Monday, 28 October | 1 – 4:30pm

Learn how to grow your community foundation, secure new donations, engage stakeholders and better advocate for the foundation’s work and the non-profits that you support. 

The Funding Network (TFN), Australia’s expert in live crowdfunding events and pitch coaching, will offer a half-day Masterclass in conjunction with Forum. 

Learn how to grow your community foundation, secure new donations, engage stakeholders and better advocate for the foundation’s work and the non-profits that you support.

Please note: This masterclass is an optional add-on to the NCFF and not covered by Forum registration. Thanks to FRRR sponsorship, we are able to offer it for only $99, an 80% discount to the regular $500 fee for this event. Only 20 places available. Priority will be given to Community Foundations practitioners from rural and regional foundations.


Sincere thanks to our event partners and sponsors for their generous support. Sponsorship allows us to present a great event while keeping registration accessible for Community Foundations and other community organisations with modest means.


Further opportunities are available to sponsor the Forum
Contact ACP for a sponsorship pack or to discuss your interests and available options.