About us

Welcome to the Australian Environmental Grantmakers Network.

The Australian Environmental Grantmakers Network (AEGN) harnesses the power of philanthropy to help protect our environment and build a sustainable future.

We know that when philanthropy, high-quality science and powerful changemakers within our community sector work together, we can catalyse lasting positive change.

As a membership organisation, we welcome philanthropic funders with a passion for the environment.

Our shared vision is for a future where Australia’s natural world is celebrated and thriving, where our country is powered by clean and renewable energy and has supported the transition to the clean energy economy with meaningful jobs. A future where all Australians enjoy clean air and water and nutritious food that comes from land that is well cared for.

Philanthropy has a unique role to play in helping to make that future a reality, and the AEGN brings funders together to learn about the issues and solutions and share networks and funding opportunities. 

Five key aims underpin our work:

  1. Catalysing collaboration
  2. Building and sharing skills and knowledge
  3. Raising the profile of environmental giving and investing
  4. Growing the amount of funding and investments for a sustainable future
  5. Investing in innovation

Our task is urgent. Australian environmental charities received just 2.3 percent of all charitable donations in 2016. Given the scale and complexity of the environmental challenges we face, this is simply not enough.

Since our establishment in 2008, we’ve seen the powerful impact like-minded environment funders can make. Together we are greater than the sum of our parts. Join us and help protect Australia’s unique natural environment for generations to come. 

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