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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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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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The Social Economy – Working Together Towards The Common Good

Karen Mahlab AM, Tuesday, 3rd March 2015 - 
There is a noticeable shift from purely profit-driven capitalism towards integrated social citizenship, which is happening in Australia and around the world, writes Karen Mahlab 

Pro Bono Australia – An Impact Investment

Karen Mahlab AM, Thursday, 18th December 2014 -  2014 has been a transformative year for the Not for Profit sector and Pro Bono Australia. In her last blog for the year, Founder Karen Mahlab takes a look at the many highs and some of the…

The Corporate Leap Into Not for Profit Land

Karen Mahlab AM, Wednesday, 13th August 2014 -  In this latest Blog, Karen Mahlab reflects on recent approaches from talented people with extraordinary skills wanting to leap out of the corporate sector and into Not for Profit

ACNC – The Loss for Our Future

Karen Mahlab AM, Thursday, 13th February 2014 -  Much has been written about this subject since the Coalition first announced its intention to abolish the ACNC as part of its pre Election commitments. True to its promise, once elected…

The Journey from Scarcity to Abundance

Karen Mahlab AM, Thursday, 6th February 2014 -  Having been involved with the Philanthropy community from numerous perspectives over decades – both as a giver and a receiver – it has always fascinated me the completely…

Top Trends for the Social Sector 2014

Karen Mahlab AM, Thursday, 23rd January 2014 -  Many of the trends that were discussed last year (impact investing, impact measurements, collective impact, social enterprise) are ongoing and still developing in clarity and…

The Impact of Employee Giving

Karen Mahlab AM, Thursday, 28th November 2013 -  Yesterday I had cause to reflect on how far Corporate Social Responsibility has come since we started Pro Bono Australia over a decade ago. I was in Brisbane on a panel to launch the Charities…

The Buzz on Impact Investing

Karen Mahlab AM, Thursday, 31st October 2013 -  Impact Investing is on everyone's radar. I’ve been privileged to attend a number of inspiring conferences over the past couple of weeks and the social economy is ALIVE…

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