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Mother Earth loan – an agribusiness finance model that cares for Country

Paul Girrawah House, Co-founder of the Waluwin Foundation Fri, 9 Feb 2024

The Mother Earth loan is designed to support the purchase of freehold title farmlands by First Nations farmers to revive traditional practices. It’s based on similar modelling to HECS, where repayments are due when Mother Earth is ‘healthy and able to share’ and payments are paused or significantly reduced when ‘Mother is struggling and needs time to heal’. Paul Girrawah House, one of the founders of the Waluwin Foundation, explains how it can work, its benefits and the role philanthropy can play.

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English Family Foundation named Runner-Up in global Catalyst 2030 Awards

Fri, 15 Dec 2023

The English Family Foundation has been honoured for its work in supporting social entrepreneurs at a global event, the Catalyst 2030 Awards for Systemic Change 2023. The Foundation was awarded Runner Up in the category of Overall Best Donor last month at the gala event in London, hosted by Princess Diana’s brother, Charles Spencer, the 9th Earl Spencer, at his private residence, Spencer House.

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COP28: How philanthropy is advancing women’s climate action leadership in the Pacific

Michelle Higelin and Flora Vano Fri, 1 Dec 2023

As the UN Climate Change Conference 2023 - COP28 - gets under way, Philanthropy Australia was pleased to partner with Groundswell Giving and ActionAid Australia to hear from Ralph Regenvanu, the Vanuatu Minister for Climate Change Adaptation. Here, ActionAid Australia's Executive Director Michelle Higelin reflects on insights from the event and the importance of backing women-led action.

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Clarence Valley locals learn traditional fire management practices with support from FRRR

Diana Hodgetts Fri, 24 Feb 2023

The Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal is supporting a series of workshops to teach locals the practice of cool burning to protect themselves from the threat of bushfire.


Opportunities for climate change philanthropy in 2023

Daisy Barham, Environmental Philanthropy Manager – Climate Change, AEGN Fri, 10 Feb 2023

We are in a critical moment for action on climate change.


Realising a seismic shift on climate action through philanthropy

Thu, 2 Jun 2022

The Australian Environmental Grantmakers Network (AEGN) has been reflecting on the implications of the recent election and what it means for environmental philanthropy.


Listening to locals for better granting impacts

Emily Berry, CEO and Johan Kortenhorst, Board Director Thu, 15 Jul 2021

When your community covers more than 20,000 square kilometres of rural land, natural and man-made disasters and emergencies are inevitable.

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