About us

Founded in early 2006 by Regina Hill and Louise Doyle, Effective Philanthropy provides expert advice to philanthropists and policy makers on where and how they can make the greatest difference. We research social issues so that our clients can make informed decisions that allow them to fulfil their philanthropic and policy ambitions.

The Effective Philanthropy Team has extensive independent consulting experience in the non-profit, philanthropic and government sectors. We are committed to tackling pressing social problems by supporting success in the non-profit sector through smart philanthropy and government policy.


Regina Hill

Regina has ten years' experience consulting and researching in the commercial, government and non-profit sectors, developing and implementing organisational strategies that build capability. She has significant experience in program design, implementation and evaluation, organisational development and change management. Regina's special interests are children and young people at risk, early childhood development and parenting, education, indigenous affairs and mental health.
Regina was a senior consultant with AT Kearney, a global, commercial consulting business. She is a member of the PEN Melbourne Committee. Previous board positions include The Women's Circus (Victoria) and Victorian Relief + Foodbank (Victoria).


Masters of Business Administration (MBA), The University of Melbourne (Melbourne Business School), 2000
Masters of International Laws (Masters Int. Laws), The Australian National University, 1997
Bachelor of Laws (LLB Hons.), The University of Queensland, 1994
Bachelor of Arts (BA), The University of Queensland (Economics and History), 1991

Katherine Dobson

Katherine Dobson is an analyst with three years’ research and evaluation experience. She has a particular interest in policies and programs related to community development and she has undertaken research both in Australia and overseas relating to community development, post-conflict recovery and social cohesion. She also has research and evaluation experience in education, training and employment. Katherine has experience in strategic and operational planning and organisational capacity development.
She is a member of the Oaktree Board and is Chair of its International Development Sub-committee.


Bachelor of Arts (BA Hons.), Monash University (Politics and International Studies), 2011

Our clients have included

  • Department of Prime Minister & Cabinet (Cth)
  • Department of Education, Employment & Workplace Relations (Cth)
  • Department of Education & Early Childhood Development (Victorian Government)
  • Department of Planning & Community Development, Office for Youth (Victorian Government)
  • Victorian Auditor-General's Office (Victorian Government)
  • Victorian Council of Social Service
  • Philanthropy Australia
  • AMP Foundation
  • The Carnegie Foundation
  • Dusseldorp Skills Forum
  • Helen Macpherson Smith Trust
  • The Ian Potter Foundation
  • State Trustees Australia Foundation
  • The Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation
  • Jesuit Social Services
  • Mildura Aboriginal Corporation
  • The Smith Family
  • Whitelion Inc.
  • Wunan Foundation
  • Circus Oz
  • Victorian Opera