Study level

Master of Philosophy

Faculty/Lead unit

Topic status

We're looking for students to study this topic.


Associate Professor Wendy Scaife
Director of Centre
Division / Faculty
QUT Business School
Dr Alexandra Williamson
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Division / Faculty
QUT Business School


Philanthropy (defined here as structured giving through organisations such as foundations) is growing strongly and expected to benefit significantly from the intergenerational transfer of wealth in the coming decades. The accountability of philanthropy is a vital discussion, as criticism grows internationally  of the lack of transparency, particularly for wealthy philanthropists who use their retained influence over donated and taxpayer-subsided funds to pursue their individual interests and influence public policy. There are current calls for a national blueprint or strategy for Australian philanthropy in the next 20 years, however there is a critical shortage of research underpinning such plans. This project will build the evidence base for future accountability.

If you are interested in researching this topic as part of a Master of Philosophy, and you are applying to commence your degree in Semester 1, 2020, you may be eligible for a School of Accountancy Accelerate Scholarship.


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