Australia’s philanthropic sector continues to grapple with how it ensures funding decisions made today are fit for the future. At the same time, most young people still disproportionately ‘lack the networks to people in power, capital and safe environment’ to have their ideas and solutions to social and environmental issues backed, says Grace Vegesana, Climate and Racial Justice Director at the Australian Youth Climate Coalition.
Australia’s first social enterprise hotel - Hotel Etico - is a successful model for training people living with a disability for not just a job in hospitality, but a career. The trainees are ‘front and centre’, challenging the public’s assumptions about what disability and work looks like - and so far, they’ve all found jobs with major luxury hotel chains. Hotel Etico is one of the alumni charities pitching again at the TFN 10th Anniversary event.
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.
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.
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.
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.