Resourcing the plan

Donations and grants

Our operation is funded by our members. Thanks to their incredible generosity, we have had the financial resources and the right people to get the job done.

If you would like to ensure that we continue our important catalytic work to grow environmental philanthropy, we encourage you to consider making a 3-year pledge to our Sustaining Fund (in the form of donations or grants).

The sustaining fund

The sustaining fund has been established to help build a stable and predictable income base for the AEGN. Donations to the Sustaining Fund will be invested ethically and environmentally and independently managed with a high level of commercial and financial prudence.

Generally, each year 10 per cent of the fund value will be contributed toward our annual operating budget. If you are thinking about spending down the funds in your foundation or you believe in building the capacity of the organisations you trust, we invite you to donate to the Sustaining Fund. Donations of $50,000 or more are most welcome.

Since 2008, we have acted as a facilitator and catalyst for environmental philanthropy connecting funders, experts and environment sector leaders to develop a strategic approach to environmental funding. These connections, along with our funding tools, research and guidance, have generated impactful and essential funding, and united funders with each other and with experts and organisations in fruitful and lasting relationships.

We face escalating environmental challenges and the next ten years are critical. The good news is that we have the bold ideas to address these challenges and to make our vision for the future – where people and nature thrive together – a reality. To do this we need to continue to grow our network and to increase environmental funding.

You can read more about management of the fund in the sustaining fund policy (pdf).

Donate to the sustaining fund

The $1 million sustaining fund challenge

In April 2018 a very generous, anonymous Australian philanthropist offered to match contributions to the sustaining fund of $50,000 or more, up to a total of $1 million. These contributions had to be pledged or made before 25 June 2019.

We are excited to report that thanks to 16 generous members we exceeded our $1 million fundraising goal.  All 16 contributions of $50,000 or more have been matched by our generous philanthropist and the sustaining fund has a balance in excess of $2 million. This provides an invaluable financial contribution to our operating costs for the next 10 years.

Contact us if you have any questions 03 9663 7844.

Account details for deposits

AEGN Gift Fund
BSB: 313 140
Account: 1200 6345

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Contributors to the sustaining fund

Our heartfelt thanks to the following generous contributors to our fund:

ACME Foundation
Bindy Gross
Garry White Foundation
John Sevior and Rebecca Gorman
Josette Wunder
Limb Family Foundation
Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation through ADP, ME and LA Martin Charitable Fund
Myer family members – Yulgilbar Foundation, Kate & Stephen Shelmerdine Family Foundation, The Myer Foundation
The Duggan Foundation
The Ross Trust
Rose Gilder
Sue Mathews and Mark Burford
The Jaramas Foundation
Vicki Olsson
Several anonymous contributors including the instigator of the $1 million sustaining fund challenge.

“Security of income allows organisations to confidently make long term plans. We are supporting the sustaining fund to help give the AEGN this confidence.” 

Robin Craig and Mick Boyle, The Jaramas Foundation

“If you too have benefited from the AEGN’s hard work and you share their goal of rapidly growing support to the environment from philanthropy, please follow my lead in contributing to the AEGN’s Sustaining Fund by joining the Challenge.”

Josette Wunder