Featured Stories

Featured Stories

  • At the September 2019 Board meeting, the Governors of The Ian Potter Foundation approved the establishment of four funding pillars:

    Vibrant – Arts and Culture

    Healthy – Medical Research equipment and Public Health Research Projects

    Fair – Early Childhood Development and Community Wellbeing

    Sustainable – Environment


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    From Round 1, 2020 applications can be made within these funding areas.

    Check the Funding Rounds page to see when each funding area is open in 2020.

  • This week The Ian Potter Foundation was honoured to receive, alongside the Rockefeller Foundation and the C&A Foundation, the inaugural #OpenForGood Award by Candid at the Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO) conference in Seattle, USA. 

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    "Receiving this award strengthens our resolve to strive for greater transparency in our grantmaking."

    -Craig Connelly, CEO 

  • In the May issue of The Seahorse newsletter, CEO Craig Connelly outlines the Foundation's focus in the coming months.

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    'The Board of The Ian Potter Foundation met recently and approved a range of exciting projects across many program areas. At this meeting, the Board also considered proposed new funding guidelines that will ensure our future grantmaking remains firmly linked to the four elements of the Foundation’s vision for a vibrant, healthy, fair and sustainable Australia.'  - Craig Connelly




  • 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.  Here Dr Main shares her learnings and reflections from this knowledge sharing opportunity.

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    Another trend included a greater acceptance of diverse evaluation methodologies.  Emergent evaluation of trickier approaches like capacity building and collaborative grantmaking were still new within the field.

  • '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.'

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    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. 

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