Following on from the Nepal earthquake thread by @alfanator I thought it would be interesting to discuss broader philanthropic interests. All of us here are in the top 1%, probably top 0.5%. So what do you do to give back? My areas of interest are: 1) Mental health (in particular peri-natal mental health). I'm working with http://www.pandsi.org/ , a local Canberra group, in this space. They provide a range of services for women and their partners dealing with peri-natal mental health issues. I've organised a 'matched-fundraising' scheme for them for this year. 2) Social cohesion/anti racism/refugees. As a child of refugees (we left Hungary in 1957) this is something of particular interest. In this space I'm working with the Together for Humanity Foundation (http://togetherforhumanity.org.au/), and Courage to Care (http://couragetocare.com.au/) From the Together for Humanity Website: Many young people have never met an Aboriginal person, a Jew or a Muslim. Research shows that mere information is not enough to eliminate prejudice and misunderstandings. By engaging children and adults in positive experiences of diversity and teaching them about different religions and cultures, Together for Humanity looks to address divisions and replace them with mutual respect and cooperation. Together for Humanity is a multi-faith not-for-profit organisation that is helping schools, organisations and communities to respond effectively to differences of culture and belief. We do this by bringing students, teachers and those in the community into contact with people from diverse backgrounds in an open, supportive and enjoyable setting – this inspires interest, empathy and understanding as well as questioning existing prejudices and encouraging greater appreciation of others as people. About Courage to Care: For the past 15 years, Courage to Care has run a travelling exhibition with an integrated education program that is delivered in New South Wales, Queensland, the Australian Capital Territory, and Western Australia. The exhibition celebrates the people who had the courage to care – ordinary people, whose acts were extraordinary in their bravery and impact. It tells the story of individuals who, in the darkest moments of the 20th century, chose to stand up and confront discrimination and injustice, often risking their own lives and sometimes also those of their loved ones, to save others. Their stories are an enduring example of the power of the individual to make a difference, and a poignant reminder that it is our own choices that determine if we remain bystanders, or become ‘upstanders’ who take positive action in the face of discrimination, prejudice and bullying in our everyday lives. 3) Promoting civil society/human rights/public debate, where I support the Castan Centre for Human Rights, which promotes and protects human rights through its world-renowned public scholarship. In pursuit of this mission, the Centre works in the key areas of research, teaching, public education, policy and student programs. The Centre is a trusted voice on human rights. It actively participates in public debates and mentors many of the human rights leaders of tomorrow. (http://www.law.monash.edu.au/castancentre/) 4) Impact investing What do you guys do?