A Cultural Impact Project | Philanthropic Leadership
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The Module

Philanthropic Leadership

The Philanthropic Leadership module will identify the symbolic and economic value of philanthropy in advancement, using the Sidney Myer Fund’s financial contribution to the Asia TOPA consortium as a case study. It will trace the impact that the initial contribution has on the participating organisations and stakeholders in leveraging further funding and non-financial support. The module will provide a better understanding to philanthropic agencies about the size and character of the impact of financial support, including estimated return on philanthropic investment, information on the relationship between funders and a better understanding for arts organisations seeking public or philanthropic support to inform their strategies in making requests.


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Associate Professor

Katya Johanson

Associate Professor Katya Johanson is Associate Dean in the Faculty of Arts and Education. Her research includes cultural policy, audience development and the audience experience.



Read more about Katya’s research here.

The project takes a cross-disciplinary approach consisting of three modules that address different levels of impact of Asia TOPA.

Processes and Outcomes

Each module addresses different research questions and uses differing methodologies, but with overarching questions that unite the models.

The research documents processes and outcomes for key Asia TOPA stakeholders, measures impact, identifies factors that contribute to success and key learnings for future delivery. Resulting recommendations will build capacity for Australia’s cultural sector to engage with Asia, and invite new forms of investment with partners aligned to interests in Asia.


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