Giving Their All

The podcast sharing stories of effective leadership for our planet, climate and future.

“I’m loving the AEGN podcast series, Giving Their All, which consistently serves up a delicious smorgasbord of food for thought for anyone interested in environmental and social change philanthropy.” Rachel Ball, CEO, Reichstein Foundation

Episode 18: Exploring Australia’s global role

Baroness Bryony Worthington joins us to discuss the significance of Australian climate policy in the global context, the opportunity we have to become a renewable energy superpower and the role of narratives (that philanthropy can help shift) in driving political change. See more

Episode 17: Protecting the pristine

Western Australia is home to so many unique species and ecosystems. Sophie Chamberlain from Spinifex Trust shares what she’s doing to protect them and how others can get involved. See more

Episode 16: A healthy biomix of funding

Jim Phillipson from Rendere Trust talks about why collaboration and leadership ground his family’s funding and the many levers that need to be pulled to protect and restore nature.

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Episode 15: Sprinting to net zero

Australia isn’t going to become a renewable energy superpower by accident. Tech entrepreneur, philanthropist, investor and Boundless CEO Eytan Lenko is focused on fast-tracking the climate solutions we need, combining agile ways of working and the power of philanthropy to get there.

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Episode 14: Speaking up for nature

Ann and Bruce McGregor are highly experienced funders whose shared love of nature sustains their award-winning environmental giving. “If we don’t protect nature, who will? Get active, get going — start now.” See More

Episode 13: 50 years of change, not charity

Jill Reichstein and Lucy Larkins from the Reichstein Foundation reflect on the Foundation’s 50 years of granting, the evolution of philanthropy in Australia, and the outsized impact collaborative, systems focused funding can have on the community. See More

Episode 12: Building capacity, embracing innovation

Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation CEO Dr Catherine Brown outlines how the foundation is building an inclusive, climate-resilient city in partnership with the charitable sector, “the unsung heroine of Australia”. See More

Episode 11: Funding a deeper connection

Angela Whitbread’s philanthropy is driven by a profound respect for the vibrant web of life that sustains us all. Here she reflects on the power of philanthropy to restore, protect and bring us closer to nature.

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Episode 10: Shifting systems – the great powers of small funders

For Sue Mathews, tackling the climate crisis is profoundly important and deeply personal. Here she reflects on the power of intervening at a systems level, collaborating for impact and the vital role small funders can play.

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Episode 9: On having enough

Tash Keuneman shares why philanthropy shouldn’t just be left to the super rich, the frameworks she draws on for grant making decisions and how she maintains energy in the face of overwhelm.

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Episode 8: What’s wrong with capitalism?

Alan Schwartz AO reflects on the limitations of capitalism in the face of environmental crises, how philanthropy can intervene, and the business opportunities arising with the transition to a green economy.

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Episode 7: Thinking seven generations ahead

Adrian Appo shares his thoughts on how the philanthropic sector can better work with – and learn from – First Nations peoples, the importance of a Yes vote, and funding work to care for Country.

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Episode 6: A family endeavour

Debbie Dadon, Besen Family Foundation Chair, reflects on the power of collaboration, women’s leadership and next-generation philanthropy to effect real and lasting change.

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Episode 5: A proportional response to the climate crisis

Stephen Pfeiffer shares why he decided to spend down an inheritance to fund climate action and the sense of purpose and healing he’s found in the process.

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Episode 4: Philanthropy’s forgotten child (the environment)

Intrepid Travel’s co-founder and Chair, Darrell Wade, shares why protecting the environment is so important to him, and the unique role he thinks philanthropy can play.

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Episode 3: Shifting power

Sue and John McKinnon share why absolute emissions reduction is the focus of their giving and how the concept of ‘shifting power’ guides their work.

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Episode 2: Who are you asking what they need?

Amanda Martin talks to Bec Milgrom, Executive Director of impact investing company Tripple, about how their investing and grantmaking work together; shaking up traditional processes; and why there can’t be climate justice without First Nations justice .

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Episode 1: Finding the acupuncture points for change

We speak with Hayley Morris, Executive Director of the Morris Group and Chair of Sustainable Table, about systems change, inner work, and why she has hope for the future.

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Hayley Morris