CEO Report December 2018

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Craig Connelly CEO and Professor Richard Larkins Governor of The Ian Potter Foundation attend the opening of Taronga Institute of Science & Learning in October.

A sustained vision

I am pleased to share that the vision for the Foundation is now '…a vibrant, healthy, fair and sustainable Australia'. In October 2018, the Board of The Ian Potter Foundation approved the recommendation to add ‘sustainable’ to the vision of the Foundation. 

Adding ‘sustainable’ as a fourth element to our vision reflects the history of The Ian Potter Foundation as a strong supporter of Australian environmental and conservation initiatives and confirms our commitment to grantmaking informed by the best science and the strongest evidence of the time.

For Australians to enjoy a vibrant cultural scene, a healthy life, and be part of a society where as few people as possible suffer disadvantage, we need to nurture and protect our environment and ensure our natural resources are managed sustainably.

The recent national strike by many young secondary school students concerned about the lack of a comprehensive and coordinated national plan to combat the impacts of climate change highlights the extent to which sustainability is front of mind for many Australians, young and old.

The Ian Potter Foundation has proudly supported a range of science-led endeavours throughout its 54-year history, and on the issue of climate change the science is unequivocal.  Funding environment and conservation initiatives that are led by science, large scale and in areas of national and international significance will define the Foundation’s approach to delivering on this new element in the vision of The Ian Potter Foundation.

I am now working closely with the Board to ensure our grantmaking is strongly linked to the four elements of the Foundation’s renewed vision.  Over the next few months, the program management team, in conjunction with our communications, administration and operations staff will be working on the finer details of how the Foundation will engage with the NFP sector to deliver on our vision in the next few years.

I hope to be able to share more on this matter by mid-2019.

In the meantime, I am pleased to share with you the exciting new Major grants approved at our most recent Board meeting, and other news from the Foundation and our grantees.

I would also like to express the Foundation’s appreciation to Sally Cliff who resigned from her role as Finance Manager in October. Sally will be greatly missed by all the team. Replacing Sally and joining the team is Anna McCallum, a qualified Chartered Accountant and experienced philanthropic executive.  Please join me in welcoming Anna to the role. 

Lastly, the team at The Ian Potter Foundation wish our partners and our colleagues in the wider philanthropic sector a happy and safe holiday season. We look forward to working with you all in 2019.

Image: Craig Connelly CEO and Professor Richard Larkins Governor of The Ian Potter Foundation attend the opening of Taronga Institute of Science & Learning in October.


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