Over his seven-year tenure as CEO of The Ian Potter Foundation, Craig Connelly has played a crucial role in growing effective environmental giving in Australia.
Craig has announced he will be resigning from his position as Chief Executive Officer of The Ian Potter Foundation, The George Alexander Foundation and The Ian Potter Cultural Trust. His tenure will end on or around 31 January 2023, depending on the timing of the incoming CEO’s appointment.
“My decision to resign as CEO of The Ian Potter Foundation was motivated by personal reasons and was a very difficult decision,” says Craig. “I have enjoyed my seven-year tenure enormously and hope, in some small way, that my contribution has challenged philanthropy to think deeply about the need to fund amazing grantees with flexible, long duration funding support disbursed as a genuine partner.”
“I am particularly proud of the Foundation’s evolution as a sophisticated and impactful environmental funder, and am pleased we have continued to support the AEGN during a period when your own organisation’s impact has clearly increased. I approach the coming months energised, keen to engage in conversations that will inform ‘what’s next’ for me. I dearly hope it involves a role in philanthropy in some form, and am hopeful my interaction with the AEGN and its members will continue.”
Over his time as CEO of The Ian Potter Foundation, Craig has played a crucial role in growing effective environmental giving in Australia.
“Craig very quickly recognised that the environment plays a critical role in the health and wellbeing of all Australians as well as underpinning a healthy economy,” says the AEGN’s CEO Amanda Martin. “From that moment on, he has been a strong advocate for effective environmental philanthropy, both within The Ian Potter Foundation and the broader sector — a prime example being the establishment of WaterTrust Australia.”
“At the same time, Craig also recognised the important role that the AEGN plays as a backbone organisation, supporting, educating and convening philanthropy to address these issues, by ensuring that the AEGN’s work has been underpinned by core support from The Ian Potter Foundation over the last five years.”
Thank you, Craig, and good luck with your next endeavour.
I am particularly proud of the Foundation’s evolution as a sophisticated and impactful environmental funder, and am pleased we have continued to support the AEGN during a period when your own organisation’s impact has clearly increased.
Craig Connelly, CEO, The Ian Potter Foundation