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New Generation of Giving: Our first year in review

April 23rd, 2014

We have just come to the end of the program’s first 12 months and wanted to update you about what you and your fellow New Gen-ers have achieved in the first huge year of the program. But first, a huge thank you to you – our members – for bringing your energy, enthusiasm, knowledge and skills to the table to help catalyse giving amongst our peers – it’s been a blast!

None of this would have been possible though if not for our generous and visionary founding partners. We would like to thank Geoff Ainsworth, The Caledonia Foundation, David Gonski AC, Karen Loblay, Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation Cousins and the W & A Johnson Family Foundation for the foresight they showed in backing this innovative program to connect and develop our emerging leaders in giving. We feel so fortunate for the opportunity the founding partners have created that has enabled Philanthropy Australia to broaden its reach and cater for our generation.

We are incredibly grateful to Mike Gonski and Danny Almagor, our Sydney and Melbourne Chairs respectively, for their strategic guidance in the inaugural year of the program.

So here’s a snapshot of what we’ve done so far:

  • Cemented New Gen as a best practice model for developing emerging leaders in giving. It has generated interest from New Zealand and Ireland about replicating the program
  • Grown the membership to over 170 across Australia
  • Facilitated over $1million in new donations and impact investments
  • Completed almost 20 board placements
  • Hosted gatherings in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide and Brisbane
  • Hosted the inaugural international keynote series in Sydney and Melbourne, thanks to our partnership with the Nelson Meers Foundation. Our speaker was Daniel Lurie, CEO and Founder of Tipping Point Community , a grantmaking organisation fighting poverty in the San Francisco Bay Area
  • Took 20 members on Philanthropy Australia’s first international field trip. We spent four days on the US West Coast with leaders in US and global philanthropy, including the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation,Omidyar Network and Skoll Foundation
  • Shared the learnings from the field trip with over 300 people in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, supported by Macquarie Private Wealth
  • Founding member of a new giving circle, 10 x 10, to involve our peers in giving. Since April 2013, there have been three10 x 10 events in Sydney and Melbourne with the fourth and fifth to come in May 2014. At each event, over 100 professionals and creatives participate in a “dragon’s den” to raise a minimum of $10,000 for 3 start ups

We are well underway with our 2014 program and there are some awesome events coming up, including the 2014 New Gen international keynote series. We’re delighted to be partnering with Newman’s Own Foundation on this. Stay tuned for details.

At this stage of the program’s growth, we are also super excited to have brought on the first New Gen volunteer. Sally Garis is a New Gen-er herself and came on the US field trip last year. Having completed a Graduate Certificate in Social Impact at the University of New South Wales, she has decided to move into the social sector and we are thrilled to be part of her transition!

We hope that you will continue to test us on what we can do better, who we can collaborate with and how we can grow giving amongst our peers in Australia. We are always looking for fresh ideas and people to join. If you would like to refer a friend, family member or colleague or want more information about our program, please contact us.

Looking forward to the next 12 months with you on the New Gen adventure.

Caroline Vu

New Generation of Giving Manager
Philanthropy Australia
Ph: +61 2 9326 9239 | M: +61 42 999 5439

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