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Karen Mahlab AM
Karen Mahlab AM is the Founder and CEO of Pro Bono Australia. In 2015 she was awarded a Member of the Order of Australia for her contribution to the Not for Profit sector and philanthropic initiatives.
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The story of us: Pro Bono Australia, and you

Karen Mahlab AM, Thursday, 21st May 2020 -  As Pro Bono Australia turns 20, founder and CEO Karen Mahlab AM reflects on how the organisation came about and the difference it has made in two decades. Our organisation was born on
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An understanding and recipe for our common future

Karen Mahlab AM, Wednesday, 29th April 2020 -  We humans think of ourselves as stand alone, independent units, but we are not, writes Pro Bono Australia founder and CEO Karen Mahlab AM. We are all porous. It is an illusion that we
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Transparency + Trust = ACNC

Karen Mahlab AM, Tuesday, 6th June 2017 -  The recent move against the ACNC is cause for concern, writes Pro Bono Australia founder Karen Mahlab in her latest blog. As many of you know, the Australian Charities and Not for Profits

Our Peaks are in a Funding Trough

Karen Mahlab AM, Wednesday, 3rd May 2017 -  A voice needs a body… To have an effective sector voice we need an effective and well resourced sector body, writes Pro Bono Australia founder Karen Mahlab in her latest blog. When the…
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Do Corporates Have a Place in Speaking on Social Issues?

Karen Mahlab AM, Tuesday, 21st March 2017 -  The days of corporates acting in isolation from their communities are over, writes Pro Bono Australia founder Karen Mahlab. This week 30 corporates came out in favour of same-sex

Our Twilight Zone: Time to Shake it Up

Karen Mahlab AM, Thursday, 7th July 2016 -  My mood has been really “off” since Saturday’s election: almost grieving – in a way that I’ve not experienced before. I’m not alone.   We’ve hit a twilight zone. It’s yet to be…

A History of Giving

Karen Mahlab AM, Thursday, 26th May 2016 -  I have difficulty believing how old Pro Bono Australia’s Guide to Giving is (and, by extension, how old I am!) and what an important role it still plays not only for Pro Bono Australia…

Founder handing over to avoid a case of Founders Fever

Karen Mahlab AM, Wednesday, 20th April 2016 -  The town crier runs into the town square shouting “Hear ye hear ye! Founders Fever narrowly avoided at Pro Bono Australia… All now safe and well!” Founders Fever happens when an idea-fuelled…

Philanthropic Diplomacy? Small But Effective Drops in the Bucket.

Karen Mahlab AM, Thursday, 10th March 2016 -  A trip to Indonesia as part of a Department of Foreign Affairs philanthropy delegation has revealed how Australian philanthropic funds, even in small amounts, can make a significant

The Social Capital (SoCap) Digest

Karen Mahlab AM, Wednesday, 14th October 2015 -  Australia is on a learning trajectory for a thriving social economy, writes Karen Mahlab from the US, where she has been attending the international SoCap15 Conference.
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