Swinburne Philanthropy Alumni (SPA) is a Melbourne-based alumni group established by students of the CSI Swinburne Program for Asia-Pacific Social Investment and Philanthropy (APSCIP) at Swinburne University of Technology.
SPA holds two Maimonides Society events per year. If you would like to be informed of upcoming events, please join our mailing list here. The Maimonides Society is named after Moses Maimonides (1135-1204) a physician, teacher and scholar from Cairo. Maimonides famously proposed eight modes of charity, ranging from the least (to give sadly) to the most virtuous (to give a loan or a job rather than a gift, so preserving the recipient's self-respect and encouraging self-help).
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In 2005 a group of students at the Swinburne University of Technology Asia-Pacific Centre for Social Investment and Philanthropy (APCSIP) formed an alumni group so they could make a contribution to the broader community and gain experience practically applying their learning.
They wanted to complement the work of APCSIP as well as give themselves and future students the opportunity to learn about philanthropy from real experience, by setting up a fund from which they could make grants.
SPA Members share friendships and respect, they have a vast array of life experience and talents and contribute their time, energy, money and expertise to make sure SPA is thriving for the long term.
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Become a committee member today. New members are always welcome! Being a financial member gives you a greater opportunity to fully participate in what is truly a unique living model of philanthropy. Committee members enjoy learning and networking opportunities at SPA Events.
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