Over the past 12 months, the Travel and International Learning & Development (ILD) program areas have been closed while they underwent a review. This review has now been completed and the Board have decided to permanently close both the Travel and ILD program areas.
Many of the Foundation's early grants across several program areas reflect an awareness of the importance of environmental conservation, but it wasn't until the early 1980s that the issue gained real traction. The direction was set for the Foundation's future environmental and conservation funding by a $1 million grant in 1982 to enable the Potter Farmland Plan. The grant focused on sustainable farm management practices that ultimately contributed to the creation of Australia's Landcare movement.
In late 2018, Dr Squirrel Main, Evaluation & Research Manager at The Ian Potter Foundation travelled to the US to attend the American Evaluation Association Annual Conference. During this trip, Squirrel attended the Foundation Evaluation Directors’ Meeting where she was able to exchange ideas with 20 peers in the US philanthropic sector. Read more about Squirrel’s learnings and reflections from this knowledge sharing opportunity.
Here's a short video of our CEO Craig Connelly discussing why building and managing relationships with philanthropists is key to a NFP organisation’s search for funding.
Craig Connelly shares the news of the Board's decision to add a fourth element to the vision of The Ian Potter Foundation. He also explains the reasoning behind this and what comes next for the Foundation.