In 2019, we commissioned a survey of our effectiveness and member satisfaction — Pulse Check 2019 — to track our performance against a benchmarking study completed in 2015. We also commissioned an analysis of eight environmental grantmaker networks from around the world to help us assess our effectiveness from an international perspective.
Overall, findings confirm the AEGN is making a positive and important contribution to environmental philanthropy in Australia.
Similarly, the scan of environmental grantmaker networks shows that much of what we provide to members is “top of class”. The analysis found we have strong relationships with members, all of whom are provided with high quality and diverse resources and guidance to improve and increase their environmental philanthropy.
As key data from Pulse Check 2019 shows, members deeply value their involvement with the AEGN: 87 per cent are satisfied or very satisfied with their membership while more than 90 per cent are likely to refer prospective environmental grantmakers to the network. Significantly, the we support members to:
– Increase their environmental grantmaking
64 per cent have decided to increase the amount of funding allocated to the environment since becoming a member; 92 per cent of these members say the AEGN contributed to this decision.
– Improve their practice
91 per cent say their involvement with the AEGN has positively influenced their approach to environmental grantmaking and helped them to evolve their grantmaking practice.
– Enhance their strategy
56 per cent have divested in whole or in part from their investment in fossil fuels; just under half of these members say the AEGN has played a role in this decision.
54 per cent are involved in impact investing; a third of these members say the AEGN had played a role in their decision to pursue this investment strategy.
– Build their networks
73 per cent say their membership has played a significant or very significant role in helping them to expand their network of environmental
– Access information and identify funding opportunities
55 per cent say their membership has helped them significantly or very significantly to learn more about environmental issues.
63 per cent say their membership had helped them significantly or very significantly to identify environmental funding opportunities.