Featured Stories

Featured Stories

  • This past year has been one of reflection and renewal at the Foundation.  The Board’s decision, at its planning day in October 2018, to add ‘sustainable’ as a fourth element in the Foundation’s vision informed this renewal.

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    'We seek a partnership with our grantees, to pursue a strategic relationship built on mutual respect, trust and an environment that promotes transparency and open, honest conversation.'

  • In October 2018, the Board added ‘sustainable’ to the vision of the Foundation to reflect the history of The Ian Potter Foundation as a strong supporter of Australian environmental and conservation initiatives.

    The four elements of our renewed vision – vibrant, healthy, fair and sustainable –  inform all of our funding objectives. From 2020, the Foundation's funding areas will align with these pillars.

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    'There are many problems that need to be addressed in our society. No one philanthropic foundation can expect to focus on all issues. That is why the Board of Governors continues to refer back to the Foundation’s Vision and Mission to maintain focus on making a difference.'

  • 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.

  • In the December issue of The Seahorse newsletter, CEO Craig Connelly summarises key moments of 2019 and looks ahead to 2020.

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    'Standing in the newly refurbished Ian Potter Queen’s Hall, I reflected on the enduring nature of this major capital project and the important part that philanthropy plays in supporting great public institutions to continue to meet the needs of the wider community.'

  • 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 

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