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Philanthropy Australia announces new President - Alan Schwartz AM

June 20th, 2014

Philanthropy Australia is pleased to announce Alan Schwartz AM as the new President of our Council, effective from 18 August 2014 for a three-year term.

Alan is the Managing Director of the Trawalla Group and has extensive experience in the not‐for‐profit and community sector. He contributed to the creation of Jewish Care, a merger of Jewish Community Services and Montefiore Homes, and was appointed its inaugural President. He has held a number of other senior not-for-profit board positions including Volunteering Victoria (Treasurer) and Philanthropy Australia (Treasurer, 1998-1999). Alan was the founder of SEAL Force, one of Australia's first 'social ventures' which developed the technical and interpersonal skills of corporate executives by challenging them with not‐for‐profit projects. 

In recognition of his contribution to the community and business, Alan was awarded a Centenary Medal in 2003, followed by an Order of Australia (AM) in 2007. In 2006, Alan and his wife Carol Schwartz also established the Trawalla Foundation – a Private Ancillary Fund that invests in the arts, ideas, scholarship and innovation.

Philanthropy Australia Acting President Robert McLean says the appointment is the next major milestone to shaping the organisation's future.

"On behalf of Philanthropy Australia Council and Members, we're delighted to have Alan Schwartz leading our organisation in the next stage of our development. He brings extensive experience from the philanthropic, not-for-profit and community sectors to the role that will complement other skills and experience already represented on Council and management."

"The CEO, management and staff at Philanthropy Australia look forward to working with Alan Schwarz," adds Mc McLean.

Alan is currently overseas and will assume the position from 18 August 2014.

Media enquiries
Louise Walsh
Chief Executive Officer
Philanthropy Australia
lwalsh@philanthropy.org.au
Mobile: +61 419 416 618

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