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Australia’s first giving circle for climate advocacy will be officially launched on Wednesday.

February 21st, 2020

Former Australian of The year Professor Tim Flannery and former NSW Fire and Rescue Commissioner Greg Mullins will join the giving circle’s co-founders in Sydney to launch Groundswell.

Groundswell’s aim is co-funding high impact climate advocacy. It is the brainchild of Clare Ainsworth Herschell - founding member of Philanthropy Australia’s New Gen program - current New Gen member Anna Rose and Arielle Gamble, an arts manager and community organiser who will be Groundswell Manager. 

“Traditionally, giving circles in Australia have been focused around specific places,” Clare says. “But since climate change affects every single place in Australia, we wanted to create an opportunity for young philanthropists and young professionals to be part of an Australia-wide community who can support strategic interventions in the climate change space - the kind of projects and campaigns that you only really hear about if you’re part of the climate movement.

“We were inspired by The Channel, an issues-based giving circle for LGBQTIA+ projects and campaigns.” 

Groundswell promotes itself as “accelerating action and supporting solutions’’ in response to the climate crisis. 

Gender-wise Philanthropy Award 2020 recipients

Funder: Brian and Virginia McNamee Foundation

For-purpose: Women’s Information and Referral Exchange (WIRE)

Award partner: Australian Women Donors Network

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Indigenous Philanthropy Award 2020 recipients

Funder: The Balnaves Foundation

Funding recipient: Guardian Australia

Award partner: Ninti One

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