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Promote green philanthropy to your peers

Wednesday 20 November 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

$1195 — including catering

A customised one-day course that will provide funders with the strategies, tools and confidence to engage non-environmental funders in giving to green and climate related causes.

How to register

Email: vikki@aegn.org.au — include dietary requirements.

Key training concepts

We all want to see more environmental funding and more philanthropists giving to the environment. Funding can be a very personal and private undertaking. This means one of the best ways to reach potential new environmental funders is through personal networks. But it can be challenging engaging our friends, colleagues and sometimes our families in the environmental and climate change challenges we face and in discussions about funding work to address these.

A number of environmental organisations run excellent training programs that build the skills of participants to have conversations in their communities about environmental issues and taking action to address them.

Developed by the Wilderness Society and specifically tailored to support funders, this course will arm you with the tools and techniques, based on evidence-based best practices, to promote green philanthropy to your peers.


Erik Peterson, Bending the Arc Strategies and US organising expert; and Damian Ogden, Wilderness Society National Organising Manager.

Erik and Damian have been at the forefront of best practice training and development for progressive campaigns for over 12 years and have trained thousands of participants.

Erik Peterson

Erik Peterson brings nearly 35 years of experience as a community and electoral organiser and community-based educator to role as founder and President of Bending the Arc Strategies.

Erik has extensive experience working with unions, progressive advocacy not-for-profits, and community coalitions around strategic planning and messaging; leading organisational change that supports deep member-driven organising and leadership development; and designing strategic, grassroots issue and electoral campaigns. He has worked with some of the largest unions and organising networks in the United States, including the AFL-CIO, SEIU, CWA, LIUNA, USW, NEA (and numerous state affiliates), PICO, NPA, CCC, BISC, State Voices, Working Families Party, as well as doing work in Australia with Campaign Action, The Wilderness Society and the Sydney Alliance.

Damian Ogden

Damian Ogden is the National Community Organising Manager at the Wilderness Society. Previously he was the founder and Executive Director of Campaign Action, Australia’s leading training institute for organisers, candidates, and campaign managers, with over 8000 graduates. Damian is a seasoned campaigner with extensive electoral campaign and community organising experience over 20 years working throughout Australia, the United States, United Kingdom and New Zealand.

He has also advised and trained with some of Australia’s largest companies, not-for-profits and their leaders on best practice community engagement and communication strategies. Immediately before joining the Wilderness Society he was a campaign advisor to New Zealand Labour and now Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

Damian worked on Barack Obama’s historic Presidential campaign in 2008 in eight battleground states and the national campaign headquarters based in Chicago. He returned in 2012 for the Presidential re-election campaign working in Minnesota.

Damian holds a Bachelor of Arts (international relations) and law degree from the University of Sydney is a fellow with the School for Social Entrepreneurs is a graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School Organising and Leadership program.

More about the course

The course was initially developed to support the Wilderness Society’s community organising program, Movement For Life. Their programs are built upon the organising foundations taught at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University by Prof. Marshall Ganz.

Ganz a leading thinker in the field of community organising and is credited with devising the successful grassroots organising model and training for Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign.

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