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.
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