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Best practice principles and guidelines for philanthropy at this time

Our partners around the globe have been working hard to bring a comprehensive, thoughtful and rapid response to COVID-19. The following is a compilation of some resources offered by philanthropy.

If you have a piece you would like to share with us, please send these to Kris Anderson – so we can include it in an updated list of resources. 

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Sarah Hardy, CEO of The Ross Trust and Program Manager Rebecca Chew discuss the need for cohesion, increased funding for organisations and who has been hardest hit by the events of this year. 

We spoke to the Dr Catherine Brown, OAM, CEO of the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation (LMCF), about how LMCF have responded to the twin crises of the bushfires and COVID-19. Catherine provides some great thoughts on LMCF’s role as a community foundation, changes in funding in philanthropy, and opportunities for change post-COVID-19.

On Wednesday 6 May, the Smart Energy Council and Renew Economy hosted the Stimulus Summit: A Renewables-Led Economic Recovery virtual conference, examining opportunities for climate action, renewable energy and sustainable economy in the wake of COVID-19. Over 2000 people attended the half day event, which was spoken at by AEGN members, community, business and government leaders.

On 29 April, we hosted a webinar with the Victorian Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning discussing the Victorian response to the Black Summer bushfires. Hear about the process of assessing the environmental damage, where funds have been allocated and the recovery efforts that need to take place.

The Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment has released an update on how the $50 million Wildlife and Habitat Recovery package is being spent on bushfire impacted wildlife.

This week the Federal Government also announced a further $150 million investment to help native wildlife and their habitats recover from the Black Summer bushfires.

Keeping an environmental focus in a COVID-19 world: While headlines have been dominated by the ongoing pandemic, environmental issues are not going away. Read some words from Amanda discussing the need to focus on climate action and the role of philanthropy in doing this.

The Guardian have begun a new series titled The Green Recovery, focusing on the opportunities and need for Australia to build a renewables-led green economy post-pandemic.  

The Nature Conservancy led the development of the Securing our Natural Advantage plan, a proposal to bring together the government, private and philanthropic sectors to invest in Australia’s ‘nature capital’ and help bushfire affected regions recover environmentally and economically.

In April, the Australian Government made the decision to purchase $94 million of oil in light of recent negative prices. An article shared by Sue Mathews of The Mullum Trust explains why Australia should be instead investing in renewable energy, citing environmental, economic and security reasons.

70 environmental organisations across Australia have signed a briefing note, addressed to the Prime Minister, proposing a $4 million stimulus package for the conservation and land management sector to boost the economy post-COVID-19

The CEO of the Ian Potter Foundation, Craig Connelly, outlined the Foundation’s ongoing response as a significant environmental funder to the COVID-19 crisis. This includes a range of COVID-19 focused grants as well as allowing organisations to reallocate project funding to operational funding.

Many of the economic measures announced by the government relate to the philanthropic and not-for-profit (NFP) sector, including the JobKeeper program, tax credits and potential rent relief. 

Australian Communities Foundation, in conjunction with Philanthropy Australia, have produced a COVID-19 national funding platform, providing a searchable online database to facilitate agile and compassionate funding during the crisis. 

Reflections on a crisis: a call for introspection, change and transformation for the global philanthropy and giving community, by Benjamin Bellegy, Executive Director of WINGS, discussing the profound impact that COVID-19 has had on society and what this means for philanthropy.

Environmental Funders Network (our sister organisation in the UK), has released what their members are doing in response to the ongoing crisis.

Philanthropy Australia CEO Sarah Davies explores 10 possible approaches or actions philanthropy can take to play a positive, constructive role in helping us all understand, respond to and address the challenges of COVID-19 and our public health situation.

Our friends at Philanthropy New Zealand have produced an excellent open letter on COVID-19 and philanthropy, outlining the impact of COVID-19 on the charitable sector and aiming to share principles of operation during this time.

Philanthropy in Australia is facing an unprecedented situation, reeling from a catastrophic bushfire season and now facing the joint COVID-19 crisis and major global economic downturn. Read the following article on the outlook for philanthropy.

Prior to COVID-19, Global Health Alliance Australia provided a wider look at how climate change is impacting on human health, with a particular focus on the Asia-Pacific Region.

In last weeks member catch up, AEGN member David Shelmerdine shared an article highlighting the link between increased human consumption, environmental degradation and an increased risk of pandemics, an often overlooked part of sustainable development

A two part article from AEGN member Peter Sainsbury examining the systemic failures in the global preparations and response to the pandemic. Part one examines seven myths used to protect existing power structures and privilege, while part two looks at the lack of government and corporate preparations for an event like this.

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Management resources

COVID-19 Rapid Response Checklist: Guide for not-for-profit leadership by the Boston Consulting Group, an easy to use yet comprehensive guide for leaders of NFPs. 

Philanthropists given incentive to dig deep for struggling charities: The Federal Government will provide structural incentives for PAFs and PuAFs to incentivise giving. AEGN board member and Philanthropy Australia Collaborator Jon Myer of The Myer Foundation shares an article looking at these changes.

Navigating Non-Profit Organisations Through the COVID-19 Crisis, by Koda Capital, a wealth management firm on the best ways to lead organisations through the crisis.

Ways to manage working solo through the health crisis, by Dr Kathleen O’Moore of The Black Dog institute discusses the best ways to look after yourself as we adjust to working from home. 

Pandemic Crisis Comms Toolkit by Comms for Change, providing useful tips and steps to engage with your audience during this time.

SocialSuite, an online tool for charities to measure their social impact, as suggested by AEGN member and shareholder James Kirby. They are currently offering light versions to charities for free.

What Do Countries With The Best Coronavirus Responses Have In Common? Some of the most successful government responses to the COVID-19 pandemic have been from countries with female leaders. This article, shared by AEGN member Joan Staples in support of the Women’s Environmental Leadership Australia project recently shared in the Clearinghouse, looks at seven leaders’ responses to the crisis. 

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From the Environmental Grantmakers Association

Our sister organisation in the US, the Environmental Grantmakers Association have recently put this reading list together saying “In the spirit of listening to, and sometimes challenging one another to strengthen community and practice, we hope that you will reflect on these writings and resources from philanthropy

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Australians at Home is a series of daily lunchtime talks, bringing together people from across Australian civil society to discuss the health, economic and social impacts of the current crisis.

Access the recorded webinar from last weeks Stimulus Summit: A Renewables-Led Economic Recovery, examining opportunities for climate action, renewable energy and sustainable economy in the wake of COVID-19. Over 3500 people attended the half day event, which included speakers from community, business, government leaders and AEGN members.

Access series of online webinars and training sessions from Our Community discussing the ongoing COVID-19 crisis as part of the #SaveOurSector campaign.

Climate Action Network Australia (CANA) are hosting online lunch sessions from 12.00pm to 1.00pm daily, in which CANA members organise and present on climate change and the COVID-19 situation.

Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation, alongside the Smart Energy Council and RenewEconomy, are hosting an online event discussing opportunities rebuilding the economy post COVID-19 and what this means for the transition to a zero-carbon economy.

The Australian Institute of Company Directors have released a webinar on COVID-19 – Shifting Regulatory Landscape.

On Wednesday 29 April, ClimateWorks Australia hosted a webinar Decarbonising Australia, looking at ways we can transition to a zero carbon economy and keep warming below 2 degrees.

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Be part of our conversation

In addition, we will be hosting a series of fortnightly chat sessions to better facilitate environmental philanthropy during this period. These sessions will take place from 11.00am to 12.30pm, starting on the Tuesday 21 of April.