Established in 2008 and currently operating as a PAF, the Foundation was created by one of its directors, who had significant success in the business world and chose to put that financial success to good use. The PMF Foundation is one of the AEGN’s newer members, joining in November last year.
We asked Nicola Clyne, PMF Grants Manager, to tell us a bit more about the Foundation. Nicola explained that “the PMF Foundation supports capacity building in people who are disadvantaged in some way, and contributes to maintaining the health of our natural systems. The Foundation primarily focuses on Indigenous issues, education and the environment”.
The PMF Foundation’s approach is to establish ongoing relationships with the organisations they support. Nicola says that “PMF currently commits a good portion of funding to multi-year agreements with a handful of specific organisations. We provide both project work and general operational support.”
“In the environment space, our main areas of interest are climate change and renewable energy”, Nicola explains.
Some of the initiatives that PMF Foundation currently funds are:
- A partnership with the Australia Institute, supporting research on the Renewable Energy Target as well as drumming up support for independent media.
- Supporting the Australian Conservation Foundation with a general grant and in previous years focusing on conservation and the preservation of the Murray Darling Basin.
- Funding the employment of research staff for Beyond Zero Emissions to produce reports on Zero Carbon Economy.
- Supporting With One Seed, an international group focused on the reforestation of Timor Leste. The group pays farmers to plant and maintain trees, and aims for a level of financial independence by having Timorese farmers grow and sell coffee beans, with the money going back to the program.
- Working with the Cathy Freeman Foundation on education and early learning programs and working with all levels of the community to try and close the gap between indigenous and non-indigenous children.
Nicola Clyne says the Foundation joined the AEGN to “expand our activities and take a more strategic approach to supporting the environment. We have spent time building relationships with indigenous and education focused groups and want to spend this same time on the environment – but thought we could do with some direction in terms of where our funds might have the greatest impact. The AEGN was recommended to us as a great collaborative and networking environment suited to that purpose.”
We hope that you will all get to meet Nicola at an AEGN event soon and welcome her to the AEGN network.