Featured Stories

Featured Stories

  • 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. 

  • The Foundation continues to proactively seek partnerships with sector leaders wanting to build their capacity, initiate innovative programs and/or scale up proven approaches. This year 142 grants totalling $24.5m were awarded to many long-term as well as new not-for-profit partners.

    This year's report also includes a review of grants supporting Indigenous communities, health and education over the past five decades.

    Learn more our grantees, their projects and the Foundation's overall approach to grantmaking.

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    The Ian Potter Foundation has always proactively sought partnerships with not-for-profit organisations. This year has seen several new partnerships established through major grants awarded to organisations supporting Indigenous communities and people at risk of homelessness.

    - Craig Connelly, CEO

  • The Board of The Ian Potter Foundation recently considered the future of the Conference and Travel program areas as part of its ongoing evaluation of all program areas.

    As a result of this process, The Ian Potter Foundation has decided to close its Conference program effective immediately. The Travel program will be suspended through 2019 to allow time for an in-depth review to determine how best to continue providing support to early career researchers.

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    Keep up to date with all developments at The Ian Potter Foundation by subscribing to our e-newsletter, The Seahorse.

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