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New Funder Group for Women and Girls launches

March 12th, 2018

On Friday 9 March, Philanthropy Australia launched a new Funder Group dedicated to advancing women and girls. 

The launch included an address by guest speaker Elizabeth Proust AO, one of Australia’s most influential business leaders who currently chairs the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Nestle and the Advisory Board at Bank of Melbourne, after having worked across the public and private sectors. 

A long-time advocate for women in business and on boards, Proust was named one of the Financial Review’s 2017 True Leaders, and in February this year became the third woman to join the Lendlease board. 

“Supporting women and girls in Australia and overseas is important, not only to me but to many others,” Proust says. 

“Women and girls are still differentially treated and, in many cases, still discriminated against. I’ve been a mentor and supporter to women and girls for many years now.”

The Women and Girls Funder Group is an initiative of Philanthropy Australia and the Australian Women Donors Network. The Group will bring together funders with an interest in supporting women and girls two to three times a year to learn from each other and work together to identify key areas of focus, existing gaps, and opportunities for funder collaboration to accelerate impact. 

Australia, as part of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, is committed to achieving Gender Equality by 2030. Philanthropy has a key role to play in achieving this goal, along with government, business and the community. 

Elizabeth Proust says she has high expectations about the impact the Women and Girls Funder Group will make. 

“It's my hope, and strong expectation, that this group of women, strongly committed to the cause, will make a real difference,” she says. “They will do this by raising awareness and by positive contributions to philanthropy in this space.” 

For more information about the Women and Girls Funder Group, contact Pat Burke at Philanthropy Australia: pburke@philanthropy.org.au

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