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Philanthropy meets Parliament

Philanthropy Meets Parliament Summit 2019

Last week was huge for the AEGN. A group of members and Esther Abram, Acting CEO, flew to Canberra for the Philanthropy Meets Parliament Summit, flying the flag for environmental grantmakers.

With help from Dr Catherine Brown, CEO of Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation, we launched Climate Lens: An introduction. This publication aims to encourage the wider philanthropic sector to take climate change on board in their grantmaking.

We ran a well-attended workshop on the role of government and philanthropy in environment and climate policy. Rob Purves, Purves Environmental Fund, Tanya Stul, Stul Family Foundation and Eytan Lenko, Lenko Family Foundation provided a sound demonstration of the knowledge and sophistication of our membership.

We took the opportunity of being in Parliament House to meet with Hon Sussan Ley, Minister for the Environment and Hon Angus Taylor, Minister for Energy and Emission Reduction. A small group of members attended each meeting, showcasing the wide range of high impact work supported by philanthropy. We also we conveyed our members’ interest in the statutory review of the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act and discussed where philanthropic investment could help to catalyse further emission reduction.

To coincide with the Summit, Minister Ley released A Decade of Donations for the Environment publication, which was produced by the Department of Environment in partnership with the AEGN. 

All in all, it was a very good two days. We set out to raise the profile of environmental philanthropy and we certainly succeeded.

Find out more on the Philanthropy Australia website.