Annual Reports

2020 Annual Grants Report


In 2019–20, the Foundation continued to support outstanding charitable organisations and invest in Australia’s innovative and creative people. However, the past year has brought great challenges, requiring us all to adapt and change, to support those around us at home and in the wider community. 

During this time of enormous disruption and challenge, our grantmaking continued to evolve while still focusing on supporting those who work to protect our environment, alleviate disadvantage, provide developmental opportunities to our children, and promote good health for all. 

2019 Annual Grants Report

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A Sustained Vision

The past year has been one of reflection and renewal at the Foundation. The Board's decision at its annual planning day in October 2018 to add 'sustainable' as a fourth element in the Foundation's vision has informed this renewal. As a result, the Foundation has now directly aligned its program areas and funding objectives with its vision for a vibrant, healthy, fair and sustainable Australia.

Learn more about these four pillars of our vision, the respective funding objectives and grants awarded over the past fiscal year.

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2018 Annual Grants Report

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Proactive Partnerships

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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2017 Annual Grants Report

IPF 2016 17 AR Front coverStrategy + Impact

This past year has been one of continual improvement of our grantmaking processes, including formalising our approach to Major Grants, revising funding objectives in several program areas and streamlining our funding rounds. 

This report also provides a detailed analysis showing how our grantmaking has changed over time. The Foundation awards fewer grants but the median grant amount and the average duration of grants has increased significantly over the last six years.

Learn more about the trend in our grantmaking, our grantees and their projects.

Latest financial statements are here.


2016 Annual Grants Report

IPF Annual Report cover websiteInsight + Focus

In many respects the past 12 months represent a seminal year for the Foundation. We have had a change in senior leadership, appointed additional members to our Board and approved a record level of grants.

The work done over the past year has strengthened the Foundation's ability and resolve to deliver strategic well informed philanthropy to benefit the Australian community.

This year's report includes a feature on the Foundation's Environment & Conservation program area reviewing past strategic grants and setting out future funding objectives.

Learn more about this year's grantees and read the full report online.

2015 Annual Grants Report

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Next Chapter

As we enter the Foundation's second half century, the past year has been a period of change and planning for the future. 

The celebration of our 50th anniversary in 2014 gave us a chance for reflection and it renewed our appreciation of the importance and impact of the Foundation's philanthropic grants.

As we strive towards the Foundation's vision of a vibrant, healthy and fair Australia, in 2014-15, the Board of Governors approved 214 new grants totalling $30.7m, the largest annual commitment in our history.




2014 Annual Grants Report

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 Looking Back, Reaching Forward

The Foundation's 50th anniversary has provide the opportunity to reflect and celebrate the people we have supported, the ideas we have backed and the contribution this made to our society.





2013 Annual Grants Report

Cover AR 2012 13Enabling Innovation

One of the most compelling factors in effective grant-making is the impact that comes from supporting innovation.




2012 Annual Grants Report

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Making an Impact

Change brings with it both challenge and opportunity, and this year brought considerable change to the philanthropic sector and the Foundation.




2011 Annual Grants Report

Cover AR 2010 11A Shared Vision

Each year, our Annual Report allows us to reflect on the Foundation's contribution, take stock of what we have achieved and identify the areas that challenge us.





2010 Annual Grants Report

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This year was characterised by considerable growth in many aspects of the Foundation's operations. In the aftermath of the GFC, and in than atmosphere if continued uncertainty in international financial markets, we received a significant increase in demand for grants.








Earlier Annual Reports

Earlier annual reports and other publications produced by The Ian Potter Foundation can be found on ISSUU.

Please refer to The Ian Potter Cultural Trust website for Cultural Trust reports.



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