Brisbane Climate Lens launch
Climate change is a topic on everyone’s minds. But as a funder, how do you start to apply a climate lens to your philanthropy and investments?
A changing climate affects everyone, but not equally. Low-income households struggling with rising electricity bills, people with chronic health conditions, bushfire- and flood-affected communities that lack adequate resources to begin with — these Australians and many more, are particularly vulnerable to the pervasive impacts of climate change.
It’s why we’ve partnered together to develop and launch a Climate Lens tool for Australian funders seeking to better understand — and armed with this insight mitigate against — the cross-cutting impacts of climate change, all of which are working to undermine the people, places and causes you serve.
We would love you to join us in Brisbane to share this new tool with the Australian philanthropy community. You’ll have the opportunity to connect with peers, hear first-hand from funders who are applying a climate lens to their giving and be inspired by the impact that can be achieved for a safe climate and stronger communities.
We look forward to seeing you there!
CEO Board of Benevolence,
Deputy Chair, Queensland Children’s Hospital Foundation and Director, Climate-KIC Australia
Sara has over twenty-five years’ experience in social and environmental impact, stakeholder relations, and communication. Sara is passionate about social justice and a transition to a sustainable future.
Previously, Sara has worked for the ASX listed Suncorp Group, resources giant Xstrata, global investment firm Babcock & Brown and accounting firm Ernst & Young, leading sustainability policy, social impact management, stakeholder engagement and community investment at regional, national and global levels.
Sara has also held a number of Board and management roles in the community sector focusing on advocacy, communications, and marketing including with Australia’s largest social enterprise and childcare provider Goodstart Early Learning, as well as international development agency Tearfund Australia.
Sara is Deputy Chair of the Queensland Children’s Hospital Foundation and a Board Member of Climate KIC Australia. She holds Bachelor of Business-Management and a Master of Business-Marketing from QUT, and is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
AEGN Environmental Philanthropy Manager – Climate change
Daisy leads AEGN’s Climate Change program. Prior to joining the AEGN, Daisy worked for over ten years with state and national organisations dedicated to protecting our natural world.
Daisy held a range of roles where she has led a team of advocates, organisers and policy officers to take on the key threats to nature. Having worked for the Nature Conservation Council of New South Wales, 350 Australia and the Australian Marine Conservation Society, Daisy has experience working with a range of small to medium environmental organisations with local, state and national reach.
Daisy was a Councillor at the Australian Conservation Foundation from 2015 – 2021.
Director, ACME Foundation
Jeff and Julie Wicks are directors of the ACME Foundation, a Private Ancillary Fund established 15 years ago prioritising the issue of social justice. At the time they were living overseas, and their focus was developmental aid in the low-income world, with women and girls a priority. Over time, and particularly since relocating to Australia 10 years ago, they have become increasingly aware and concerned about the climate emergency. They now regard climate justice as the most pressing social justice issue of our time and direct most of the foundation’s annual grants towards that issue. Jeff joined AEGN in 2016, after retiring from nearly 50 years in civil aviation overseas. Based on the Gold Coast in Queensland, Jeff is an active and experienced AEGN member who generously shares his passion for funding climate and environment with fellow philanthropists at events, showcases and in the media. In 2020 he shared his funding journey, and their plan to spend down this decade, on Radio National’s The Money podcast.