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The future of philanthropy is bright

October 20th, 2014

A millennial with a sterling track-record in philanthropy, Alexandra Peterson Cart, will address audiences in Sydney this Wednesday 22 October and Melbourne on Thursday 23 October, as part of the Philanthropy Australia’s 2014 New Generation of Giving Keynote Series.

Alexandra is a dynamic and savvy New Yorker who is co-founder & Director of Strategic Development at impact investment and advisory firm, Madeira Global, she is sure to inspire her audiences as she discusses the difference she’s making in her lifetime.

After touching down in Australia this morning, Alexandra said: “I’m looking forward to speaking at Philanthropy Australia’s New Generation of Giving Keynotes in Sydney and Melbourne later this week.”

At both events Alexandra will be in conversation with seasoned Australian business journalist, Jemima Whyte. Jemima is currently the producer of the Australian Financial Review's television program, Financial Review Sunday, on Nine.

Alexandra believes Philanthropy is at a tipping point and is pleased to be able to speak about her experiences and share her journey. “Funders are increasingly aware of the importance of looking beyond grant-making to the impact that can be made by investing in the not-for-profit sector / for-purpose businesses. I’m really pleased to be able to speak about my experiences, and share my journey.

“Prior to launching Madeira Global, I was becoming increasingly frustrated by the disconnect between the philanthropic and not-for-profit sectors. I realised that if I harnessed the resources and knowledge available to me in the most efficient way, I could be part of a solution.”

Philanthropy runs deep in Alexandra’s family; her grandparents Peter G. Peterson (Blackstone co-founder and former Secretary of Commerce, as well as a Giving Pledge signatory) and Joan Ganz Cooney (Sesame Street co-founder), are significant philanthropists.

She is also on the Global Advisory Board of WEConnect International, a not-for-profit that facilitates sustainable economic growth by increasing opportunities for women-owned businesses to succeed in global value chains.

Louise Walsh, CEO, Philanthropy Australia, said: “As the peak body for Philanthropy in Australia, we’re delighted to bring a young influencer like Alexandra to Australia. The whole purpose of our New Generation of Giving Keynote Series is to bring young philanthropic leaders from around the world to Australia to stimulate ideas and discussions about global giving. Alexandra’s successes are sure to generate intelligent debate about philanthropy.

“The great thing about our Keynote Series is that it features New Gen-ers who are interesting to a broad audience – funders, financial advisors and not-for-profits of all ages will take away some really valuable insights from the event.”

“Philanthropy Australia would like to thank our Principal Supporter, Newman’s Own Foundation. We’re excited by the relationship we’ve forged with them. The Foundation understands the power of sharing ideas to ignite passions for giving in those just beginning their giving journey as well as those who have been philanthropists for most of their lives. We are also grateful to our Venue Partner, Arts Centre Melbourne, for hosting the Victorian event,” Louise Walsh said.


In Sydney:
Wednesday 22 October 2014
Eternity Playhouse, 39 Burton Street (Cnr Palmer Street), Darlinghurst

In Melbourne:
Thursday 23 October 2014
ANZ Pavilion - Arts Centre Melbourne, 100 St Kilda Road, Melbourne


Prue Bassett – 0409 559 040 – ; Sally Giam – 0433 988 751 –


About Alexandra Peterson Cart

Alexandra is the co-founder and director of strategic development of Madeira Global, a New York-based investment and advisory firm servicing qualified investors and institutions in the area of Impact Investing. Previously, Ms. Cart served as managing director with G2 Investment Group. She is an experienced philanthropic consultant who has designed philanthropic strategies for organizations including the Tribeca Film Festival Doha and Time 100. In addition, she has worked with government agencies in the U.S., U.K., and Latin America as well as the Council on Foreign Relations, a leading nonpartisan think tank for foreign policy. Ms. Cart is a member of the Milken Institute Young Leaders Circle, the Young Presidents’ Organization, the Global Advisory Board of WEConnect International, and the Global Advisory of Nexus Youth Summit. For more information:

About the New Generation of Giving program

The New Generation of Giving (New Gen) is a national program with over 200 members. The program connects and develops young leaders in Australian giving.

The program is designed for high capacity donors in their 20s and 30s. The only one of its kind in Australia, New Gen provides our New Gen members with a peer-to-peer network, access to best practices in giving (in Australia and globally), and bespoke, brokered opportunities to get involved in giving and volunteering.

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About Philanthropy Australia

Philanthropy Australia is the national peak body for philanthropy and is a not-for-profit membership organisation with a more than 800-strong membership. Our members are trusts and foundations, businesses, families and individuals who want to make a difference through their own philanthropy and to encourage others with their giving.

As the national peak body, we offer representation, networking, services and information to members and others in the not-for-profit sector, carrying out our mission to represent, grow and inspire an effective and robust philanthropic sector in the community. For more information:

About Newman’s Own Foundation

Paul Newman was committed to helping make the world a better place. To carry on his philanthropic legacy, Newman’s Own Foundation turns all net profits and royalties from the sale of Newman’s Own products into charitable donations. To date, Paul Newman and Newman’s Own Foundation have given over $400 million (USD) to thousands of charities around the world including $22 million for Australian and New Zealand charities. For more information:

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