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Special legacy to fuel future changemakers

October 21st, 2021

The Swinburne Philanthropy and Social Impact Alumni group has awarded the inaugural Dr Christopher Baker Memorial Scholarship to Kate Shaw, a first-year student in the Master of Social Impact at Swinburne University.

Philanthropy Australia conference, Sydney, 2016. L-R Ben Rodgers, Dr Genevieve Timmons, Sylvia Admans, Carolyn Munckton with Dr Christopher Baker.

The value of the scholarship was $10,000 thanks to a co-contribution from the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation. 

“We are very pleased to announce a matched fundraising campaign. Christopher’s friend, colleague and PhD supervisor Dr Michael Liffman has given $5000 and LMCF another $5000 to match donations.  We are determined to double these generous gifts," says Carolyn Munckton, alumni group committee member.

Christopher and his partner Kerri Hall established the Bakers Dozen Social Justice Fund at the Inner North Community Fund through bequests in their wills (Kerri passed away in 2017).  

“This scholarship supports future social changemakers who will contribute to making our world better, which so aligns with his and Kerri’s values,” Carolyn says. 

Tax deductible donations can be made in two ways:

  1. Directly to the SPSIA Fund at the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Fund. 
  2. To Swinburne University through the SPSIA Philanthropy and Social Impact Alumni Scholarship account. This option is best for structured giving vehicles that must give to DGR Item 1 charitable organisations.

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