October 22nd, 2013
Whereas major donations in Australia were once made very quietly and often anonymously, Andrew Forrest is now determined to employ his profile to generate headlines for every new donation. Only last year, Forrest told Australian Philanthropy magazine: "Much of our philanthropy has been anonymous because of our belief that it is best to give without strings attached. Louise Walsh, the chief executive of Philanthropy Australia, is heartened by the front-page publicity over Forrest's donation. "There's no question we are now starting to see what I would call mega-gifts on that North American scale," she says. "Who would have thought five years ago that we would have a $65m gift in Australia?"