The Emerging Social Investors Fellowship is an in-depth learning and leadership experience for emerging stewards of personal and/or family giving. Over the course of four months, fellows will gain tools and strategies for effective giving, meet some of the country’s top leaders in philanthropy and social investment, go on site visits and eventually make a personal grant to their areas of desired impact.

This is an opportunity for people:

  • Driven to make the world a better place through giving their time, talent, treasure and ties
  • At the beginning of their giving journey and are seeking a thorough understanding of how to achieve measurable positive impact (and then actually do it!)
  • Can attend a minimum of 6 out of 8 sessions
  • Aged 20-35
  • Willing to contribute a gift of a suggested $3,000 to an organisation or project of their choosing at the conclusion of the fellowship

The fellowship will be deep dive into the world of social investment with a like-minded, intimate group of emerging leaders. Each meet up will be a 2.5 hour intensive with dinner and peer sharing, conversations with exceptional, best-practice social investors and professionals, as well as engagement with rigorous content and skill development.

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Registrations now open. 

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Detailed Session Information

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September 3rd, 6:00pm – 8:30pm

Why give? Explore this question with some of the most impactful philanthropists and social entrepreneurs and other fellows. Craft your own mission statement and map your impact journey.


  • Karen Mahlab AM – Founder and CEO of Pro Bono Australia, Chair, Swinburne Social innovation Research Institute and a Trustee for Reichstein Foundation

September 17th, 6:00pm – 8:30pm

In this session you will gain a thorough understanding of impact investing from Impact Investment Group, and hear from a series of top next gen impact investors through ‘impact hot seat’ interviews. Explore case studies, advice and best practice examples of how to ride with this new wave of philanthropy.


  • Daniel Madhaven – CEO, Impact Investment Group
  • Amanda Miller – Co-Founder, Impact Generation Partners, Member of the Council of Philanthropy Australia, Member of the Board of the Australian Women DonorsNetwork, Chairs Kids in Philanthropy
  • Adam Milgrom – Giant Leap Fund Venture Partner, an Investment Partner of the INDEX: Design to Improve Life Fund and Investment Committee member of the Besen Family Foundation
  • Elena Mogilevski, Program Manager, The Myer Foundation and the Sidney Myer Fund
  • Cathy Scalzo, CEO Scalzo Family Office and Trustee of the Grace and Emilio Foundation, board member of the Social Studio and of Kids in Philanthropy, General Counsel of Scalzo Foods

October 3rd, 6:00pm – 8:30pm

In this session you will explore different innovative models of funding, including philanthropic megatrends and real life examples creative grant making. Hear from a series of speaker who are changing the game of philanthropy in Australia.


  • Georgia Matthews, Founder and Executive Director, The Channel 
  • Jess and Stef Dadon, Co-Founders, TWOOBS and  TWO GOOD business grants for women entrepreneurs
  • Jarred Slomoi, General Manager, Give Now 
  • Katie McLeish, Director, Partnerships, Social Ventures Australia

October 15th, 6:00pm – 8:30pm

Generously hosted by ABL

Let’s get technical. In this session you will focus on the legal structures of giving together with prestigious legal firm ABL, and investigate case studies with a major foundation professional. This session will also include frameworks and tools for conducting effective due diligence.


  • Joey Borensztajn, Partner, Arnold Bloch Leibler 
  • Tabitha Lovett, CEO, Besen Family Foundation 

October 29th 6:00pm – 8:30pm

Gain hands on methodologies for tracking your impact, learning from top social impact measurement experts. In this workshop you will understand how to navigate social outcomes and unpack tools and concepts to track the difference you are making in the world and your social return on investment.


  • Liz Gilles – CEO, Menzies Foundation
  • Simon Faivel, Director, Consulting, Social Ventures Australia (SVA), accredited SROI trainer and practitioner, Chair of the Social Impact Measurement Network of Australia (SIMNA), co-Chair of Social Value International (SVI) and is on the international SROI Network Methodology Sub-Committee

November 7th, 6:00pm – 8:30pm

In this session, you’ll be part of an honest conversation with top philanthropists and professionals from different generations, exploring donor-grantee relaitonships. Discuss examples of best and worst practice donor engagement and communication, have a bit of a laugh and gain strategies for truly aligning your values and mission with your giving. This will also include a brief workshop on how to conduct effective site visits.


  • Vedran Drakulic OAM, CEO, Gandel Philanthropy
  • Rachel English, Trustee, English Family Foundation, Philanthropy Officer at Mutual Trust and Chair, Nexus Australia
  • Belinda Bardas, Head of Philanthropy and Trustee at Victor Smorgon Charitable Fund, Non-Executive Director at Victor Smorgon Group and Co-Chair at Australian Jewish Funders

Using knowledge gained around effective site visits, get on the ground to meet with your favourite non profits, staff, leadership and beneficiaries. This will be a first hand, immersive learning opportunity in preparation for making your grant.

December 6th, 6:00pm – 8:30pm

At the grant ceremony you will be joined by family, friends, peers and grant recipients to announce your grants, celebrate making a difference in the world and hear from an inspiring key note speaker.

Click here to download full Fellowship Handbook with speaker bios

Program Fee

Program fee: $750. Program fee includes access to Australian Jewish Funders events, member meet ups and philanthropic resources for the duration of the fellowship. Dinner will be provided at each session.

Upon completion of the program, fellows will have a thorough understanding of the philanthropic landscape, gained strategies and tools for effective giving, built a network of top social investors and had real-life experience in impactful grant making.


Please fill in the form below to express interest in registering, or be in touch directly to

Registrations now open. Limited spots available. Participants must be: 

  • Driven to make the world a better place through giving their time, talent, treasure and ties
  • Able to attend a minimum of 6 out of 8 sessions
  • Aged 20-35
  • Willing to contribute a gift of a suggested $3,000 to an organisation or project of their choosing at the conclusion of the fellowship

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