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AT THE TIPPING POINT: Philanthropy’s vital role

Tuesday 17 March 12:00 pm to Wednesday 18 March 6:30 pm

This event is for funders only.

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


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.

David Morris, CEO Environmental Defenders Office

David is an environmental lawyer and was appointed as the first CEO of the newly merged national EDO in September 2019.

David is responsible for leadership and management of the EDO’s public interest law practice and overseeing the delivery of the EDO’s strategic direction.

Rob Purves AM

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.


Sydney Opera House

Yallamundi Rooms, Bennelong Point
Sydney, New South Wales 2000 Australia
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