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.
Funders: Give Where You Live Foundation and Geelong Community Foundation
For-purpose: Kids Thrive
Award partners: Australian Communities Foundation, Australian Community Philanthropy, Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal & Lord Mayor's Charitable Foundation.
Funder: The Balnaves Foundation
Funding recipient: Guardian Australia
Award partner: Ninti One