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AT THE TIPPING POINT: Philanthropy’s vital role

Wednesday 18 March 9:30 am to 4:00 pm


This event is for funders only.

Due to the COVID-19 virus, the AEGN Board and staff have decided that we are unable to proceed with the face to face events we had planned to hold in Sydney next week. We are pleased to offer the following:

AT THE TIPPING POINT conference, scheduled for Wednesday
We are planning to hold this as a virtual meeting, by Zoom, video conferencing facility.

Impact investment workshop, scheduled for Tuesday at 12.00pm
We are planning to hold this as a virtual meeting, by Zoom, video conferencing facility.

People who have registered for these events will be sent access details.

We are at an unprecedented time in history. Climate crisis and biodiversity collapse threaten our very future yet are often sidelined as ‘green’ concerns. Right now in Australia we are witnessing climate change tipping points with the unfolding of an unprecedented bushfire tragedy and ongoing drought in many parts of the country.

We are at a critical moment. Scientists, emergency workers, farmers, tourism operators, regional communities and businesses alike: Australians in all contexts are debating the environmental, social and economic pathway to a safe and bountiful future.

Philanthropy can play a vital role in raising up diverse voices, helping to extend beyond those who are already persuaded, to energise action in our broader communities and businesses.

Join us at the Sydney Opera House for an inspirational summit. AT THE TIPPING POINT: Philanthropy’s vital role will consider the key constituencies that need to be part of the movement for change — business and prominent social sectors, rural and regional communities — and explore those critical pathways to change.

Speakers — including innovative funders, environmental leaders and early stage organisations — will explore the roles of community, business and philanthropy as well as opportunities for new approaches.

This is a critical event to inform your environmental giving strategy at a time of unprecedented need. Come along, connect and collaborate with your fellow AEGN members and friends. Learn and share how philanthropy, leadership and influence can drive the essential change needed for the future of our planet and future generations.


Tuesday 17 March

Wednesday 18 March


Catherine Brown

Dr. Catherine Brown

Catherine leads the largest and oldest community foundation in Australia. The Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation tackles the tough issues facing Melbourne.

Priority areas currently include affordable housing, sustainable Melbourne (energy, food & water), the health impacts of climate change, social cohesion and youth unemployment.

Michael Brown

Michael has had a 39 year fire services career, commencing in fire operations and training through to Chief Officer, incorporating the role of CEO and Chairman, of the Tasmanian State Fire Commission in 2009.

In this role he led the Tasmania Fire Service’s 450+ operational and support career staff and 5000+ volunteer members.

Natalie Egleton

Natalie was appointed CEO of FRRR in November 2015, after joining FRRR in 2012 and is responsible for shaping FRRR’s strategy, designing new programs and developing and nurturing new funding partnerships.

In her previous roles with FRRR, she was responsible for managing natural disaster recovery and preparedness programs as well as those addressing social innovation.

Dr. Jason Franklin

Dr Jason Franklin – W.K. Kellogg Community Philanthropy Chair at the Johnson Center for Philanthropy and President of Ktisis Capital – is a strategic advisor to a mix of progressive individual donors, families, foundations and philanthropic collaboratives.

Hear Dr. Jason Franklin talk about amplifying and connecting with pooled funds.

Professor Ross Garnaut AC

“The fog of Australian politics on climate change has obscured a fateful reality: Australia has the potential to be an economic superpower of the future post-carbon world.” — Ross Garnaut

Hear Professor Garnaut talk us through how Australia can achieve economic superpower status by harnessing our natural systems, people power and scientific skills.

Eytan Lenko

Eytan Lenko has a successful business and entrepreneurship background and is a long running advocate for strong action on climate change.

Eytan was a founder of Outware Mobile, one of Australia’s fastest growing tech companies which was acquired in 2017.

Sue Mathews

Sue Mathews is a trustee of The Mullum Trust, a small family foundation focussed exclusively on environment.

After an active and varied career as a radio, television and film producer, and as an author and journalist she joined with her brothers in putting their environmental values into practice through sustainably developing properties they’d inherited, and continuing their mother’s legacy through The Mullum Trust. 

Jess Price-Purnell

Jess is passionate about the environment and the role that should be played by government. 

As a member of the NSW Nationals and an experienced campaigner, she has a rare insight into why the climate message isn’t getting through on the more traditionally conservative side of politics in Australia.

Rob Purves

Robert has had a long career in business and in the environmental sector. In business he has been Chairman or Director of public and private companies in areas including healthcare, engineering, and funds management.

In the environment, Robert has been involved in numerous environmental campaigns including tree-clearing in New South Wales and Queensland.

Gillian Sanbrook

Gillian is an ecological beef producer from Holbrook NSW. Currently owns and manage Bibbaringa a 1000 ha property on the South West Slopes of southern New South Wales.

Formerly worked as a rural journalist in Western Australia and South Africa. Spent 21 years at Pooginook Merino stud at Jerilderie.

Tanya Stul

Tanya Stul is from Boorloo (Perth) on Whadjuk Nyoongar country in Western Australia. She is a coastal engineer and scientist, and also oversees an organic hobby fruit orchard.

In 2017 she took up the role of director, and person driving the grantmaking, of the Stul Family Foundation. Hear Tanya talk about Western Australia: Forces shaping the environment in our biggest state.