The Australian Environmental Grantmakers Network (AEGN) is inviting funders to attend their workshops on Advocacy to Achieve Environmental Outcomes, to be held in Sydney and Melbourne next week.
Advocacy is an important tool used by business, industry, peak groups and the community sector to influence public policy outcomes. However, within the community sector there has been considerable uncertainty about when this tool can be used. And within the philanthropic sector there has been even greater misunderstanding and uncertainty about what can be funded and indeed the nature of advocacy itself.
These workshops are designed to assist funders to understand the role of advocacy to achieve environmental protection in light of recent court determinations such as the Aidwatch case and government interpretations.
We will explore the nature of advocacy, the Australian Tax Office’s directions on what the community sector can do in relation to advocacy and what is possible to fund. We will also consider some examples of successful grants for advocacy work in the environmental sector.
Speaker Esther Abram is the project manager of the Charity Law Reform Project at Changemakers Australia, which is seeking changes to charity laws to ensure philanthropic and community organisations can legitimately work towards social change.
The workshops are being held on 17 May in Sydney and 19 May in Melbourne. Attendance is free of charge.
May. 10, 2011
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