Catherine Brown

CEO, Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation 

Catherine Brown


Catherine Brown is regarded as one of Australia’s most influential leaders in philanthropy.  With more than 20 years-experience in philanthropic strategy, governance, charity law and grantmaking, Catherine is also well known for introducing global philanthropic trends to the Australian sector.

As Chief Executive Officer of Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation in Melbourne since 2011, Catherine has led the transformation of the Foundation to become a contemporary community foundation focused on the key challenges facing the community: climate change and sustainability, homelessness, youth unemployment and social cohesion. LMCF has an annual grants program of $9.8 million and runs several programs and Initiatives in its areas of interest. Catherine is well known for promoting and applying all the tools in the philanthropy toolbox to achieve LMCF’s vision.

As a lawyer, Catherine has held legal and senior management roles in the not for profit sector and has extensive governance experience on not for profit and government Boards. She joined the Board of Australian Environmental Grantmakers Network in 2017 to help grow environmental philanthropy.

Catherine is the author of Great Foundations: a 360° guide to building resilient and effective not-for-profit organisations (ACER Press, 2010) and The Australian Community Foundations Kit (PA & FRRR, 2001). She is completing a PhD by practice related research related to philanthropic foundations and innovation at the Centre for Social Impact, Swinburne University.

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