Today’s image of philanthropy looks at the role of philanthropy and its relationship to the public and private sector. Reporting insights and reflections from Stephen Heintz’s, President of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, visit to Australia, Krystin Seibert cites the following analogy:

“Philanthropy is like a tugboat: we have the two big ships sailing into a harbour, these are the public and private sectors – philanthropy’s task is to use its resources to help guide those ships safely to the port and help them avoid running aground…philanthropy that influences public policy or corporate behaviour through research, policy development, and advocacy significantly leverages its modest resources.”

Seibert, K (2016), Insights and reflections from Stephen Heintz’s visit to Australia, 6th June, Philanthropy Australia


Drawing on some of the findings from our ‘Images of Philanthropy’ Initiative, each entry in this accompanying blog series introduces one image that has been put forward in an academic or non-academic context to depict or characterise an aspect of philanthropy in its different forms and expressions.

For further information about the ‘Images of Philanthropy’ Initiative, please contact Dr Tobias Jung.