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The Big Unknowns: Understanding Private Philanthropic Funds

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Date: 01 June 2017 at 04:00 am Presenter: Simon Lewis, Meghan Weekes and Ruth Johnstone Run time: 60 Minutes Location: Online Live Tickets: $55.00 – $500.00 (in AUD) Materials Price: $50.00 (in AUD)

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Philanthropy is at the heart of accelerating social change, and making the cut through to the right funders is key to securing vital funds for your organisation. But are you engaging strategically and effectively with philanthropic organisations?

Join this 60 minute session to gain exclusive access to the inner workings and decision-making processes of the private philanthropic world, from three experienced operators in the philanthropic scene.

If you’re in the not-for-profit sector and want to gain a comprehensive understanding of private philanthropy, be able to engage in the potential in a meaningful way, understand and engage with private philanthropy, and find the answers to some of the ‘big unknowns’, then this webinar is for you.

Our expert panel will give you valuable insight into:

  • characteristics and diversity of private philanthropic funds
  • rationale behind funding decisions
  • how to best identify and approach PPFs.

This webinar is brought to you in partnership with Philanthropy Australia.

Simon Lewis, Meghan Weekes and Ruth Johnstone

Simon Lewis, Meghan Weekes and Ruth Johnstone

Simon Lewis Head of Philanthropy, The Myer Family Company Ltd Simon has a deep commitment to the non-profit and community sector on both a professional and a personal level. He has experience running his own foundation, as well as consulting to the non-profit sector across a variety of areas and issues. Simon is a Rhodes Scholar with extensive experience in strategy consulting and financial services in Australia, Europe and Africa.

Meghan Weekes Manager – Philanthropy and Non-Profit Services, Perpetual Meghan is passionate about philanthropy and the potential it has to influence social change. Her role as Manager – Philanthropy and Non-Profit Services enables her to work with philanthropists to achieve their charitable goals. She developed a strong understanding of governance and the legal requirements necessary to ensure best practice within the philanthropic sector. Before joining Perpetual Meghan worked in the not-for-profit sector in fundraising and community engagement roles.

Ruth Johnstone Executive Director, The Caledonia Foundation Ruth has over 15 years public and private sector experience, including project and program management in government and non profit, business and network development, marketing and events strategy and implementation. The Caledonia Foundation is a private philanthropic foundation which seeks to make a significant, sustainable difference to the lives and wellbeing of children, youth and socially excluded people in Australia. They develop key creative initiatives in collaboration with community and philanthropic partners to catalyse and leverage positive social change.

Facilitated by: Lina Caneva has been a journalist for more than 35 years, and Editor of Pro Bono Australia News since it was founded in 2000.
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