June 24th, 2016
Bequest of $30 million makes Cellarmasters founder David Thomas the country’s leading environmental philanthropist.
David Thomas, who became wealthy by pioneering mail-order wine, has become Australia’s biggest philanthropist to the environment, announcing a bequest that takes his donations to about $60 million.
The $30m bequest was announced at a dinner in Sydney on Thursday night, hosted by Pew Charitable Trusts, the Australian Environmental Grantmakers Network and the Nature Conservancy. The dinner was a celebration of conservation philanthropy in Australia and Thomas was held up as an example of what could be done.
In conversation with Nicole Richards at the Philanthropy Meets Parliament Summit, Daniel Lee shared his insights on topics including the role of philanthropy as a driver of systems change which addresses root causes of social challenges, the relationship between philanthropy and government and what the new political environment in the United States means for philanthropy.
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