The Funding Network is celebrating its 10th Anniversary – and $22 million in giving – with a specially streamed pitching event. Philanthropy Weekly speaks with CEO Kristen Lark and its founder and former CEO, Lisa Cotton, who are working together again. They reflect on the decade’s achievements, how crowdfunding has changed and what more is possible.
Breaking down barriers is at the heart of the two special Tomorrow Makers $1 million grants marking the foundation’s 30th anniversary. The gifts – to not-for-profits Global Sisters and First Australians Capital – are all about supporting ideas that can change not just individual lives but society too.
An exhibition featuring the work of Barkandji Elder Uncle Badger Bates and visual artist Justine Muller at the Australian Museum could not be a more timely prompt for our attention as calls for action follow the latest devastating fish kill.
Laurence Billiet and Rachael Antony, Documentary-makers Fri, 14 Apr 2023
Australia is one of the few places in the world that has Gondwana-era forest and is home to some of the planet’s tallest trees. We are one of the only countries that still has “primary” forests – in Europe, for instance, only fragments remain.
Right now, our environment and climate face challenges of such scale and magnitude that at times it can feel overwhelming. But this moment we find ourselves in also holds enormous hope and possibility for shifting Australia’s trajectory towards a future where people and nature thrive. And philanthropists have a vital role to play.
The opportunity to create profound social change in the world does not come without significant professional and personal challenges for our philanthropic leaders. For too long, say the panellists in our webinar, the sector has accepted that this often results in burnout for many at the vanguard.