Tribute to Martin Copley

Philanthropy Australia Council, staff and membership acknowledge the sad passing of Martin Copley recently and his extraordinary contribution to the not-for-profit and philanthropic sectors through the Spinifex Trust and Australian Wildlife Conservancy. His environmental legacy now watches over more than three million hectares of land across Australia.

Here's an excerpt from Australian Wildlife Conservancy CEO Atticus Fleming:

"Martin was a great Australian – in our view, no-one has done more for the conservation of Australia's native wildlife.   From the time he started work at Karakamia in 1991, Martin dedicated his life to saving our endangered mammals … from Woylies and Black-flanked Rock-wallabies to Gouldian Finches and Golden-backed Tree-rats, Martin has made an extraordinary contribution to slowing and reversing the extinction crisis in Australia.

Martin was also the Australian Environmental Grantmakers Network's (AEGN) inaugural chair and helped, with both his wisdom and funding, to set up AEGN as an influential and effective organisation.

Aug. 21, 2014

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