Climate Change Lens Masterclass Nov 2023

Mon, 20 Nov 2023 01:00pm - 03:00pm AEDT

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, investments and operations?

We’ve partnered together to develop 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. 

Climate change is impacting all causes that Australian philanthropists care about and already fund. The Climate Lens is a tool for understanding and acting on these impacts, and can be used by every funder, regardless of your structure, size or approach. 

Join us for an online Masterclass where we explore the Climate Change Lens tool, unpack how it can be useful for you, and reflect on the experiences of funders who are grappling with applying climate lens to their work.  

This session is designed for funders who are either just starting out or are already beginning to apply a climate lens to their work. All funders are very welcome!  


Jake Milgrom
Director, Tripple

Jake Milgrom is one of the directors of Tripple, a private investment company using capital as a force for good. Through both investments and grant making, Tripple seeks to accelerate solutions in response to our greatest environmental and social challenges. Jake has a background in digital marketing for e-commerce, service based businesses and not-for-profits. Currently he is spending his time thinking about how to use existing building infrastructure to provide sustainable and affordable housing. Jake has a passion for leveraging capital to unlock opportunities for those who have been disadvantaged by the system around them.

Kellie Caught
Program Director, Climate and Energy, Australian Council of Social Service

Kellie strives for a more sustainable and just future where planet and people thrive together. For the past 17 years, Kellie has specialised in international climate change negotiations, domestic climate change mitigation and resilience policy, energy policy, community advocacy and campaigning, with a focus on social and environmental outcomes. Kellie has strong skills in policy development, advocacy, and cross sector collaboration, gained from working as a senior political adviser, Climate Change Program Manager at WWF and now as a Program Director, Climate and Energy with ACOSS. She has also worked at the United Nations, in government and in academia. Kellie has a Master of International Business and a Bachelor of Science.

Catherine Brown OAM
AEGN Chair and CEO, Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation

Catherine leads the largest and oldest community foundation in Australia. They tackle the tough issues facing Melbourne. Priority areas currently include affordable housing, sustainable Melbourne (energy, food and water), the health impacts of climate change, social cohesion and youth unemployment. The Foundation uses a climate lens to inform its work across all impact areas.

Catherine is a lawyer with a commitment to community philanthropy and philanthropy’s role supporting innovative solutions to tough environmental and social problems.

After several years in commercial law, Catherine worked in legal and management roles with the MS Society, Wesley Mission and the Brain Foundation Victoria, where she was CEO and then as an advisor within the not for profit and philanthropic sectors. She joined the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation in 2011.

Catherine is the author of Great FoundationsA 360° guide to building resilient and effective not-for-profit organisations (ACER Press, 2010). She has completed a PhD by practice related research related to philanthropic foundations and innovation at Swinburne University (Centre for Social Impact, Faculty of Business and Law).

Catherine has held Victorian Government Board appointments as Chair or Deputy Chair of organisations in health, women’s affairs and cemetery management.