Destiny Rescue
MEDIA, JOBS & RESOURCES for the COMMON GOOD
News  |  Fundraising

Champion Cultural Philanthropist Loti Smorgon Dies


Thursday, 22nd August 2013 at 11:53 am
Staff Reporter
Australia is mourning one of the country’s greatest arts benefactors, Loti Smorgon, who died on Tuesday.

Thursday, 22nd August 2013
at 11:53 am
Staff Reporter


0 Comments


FREE SOCIAL
SECTOR NEWS

 Print
Champion Cultural Philanthropist Loti Smorgon Dies
Thursday, 22nd August 2013 at 11:53 am

Australia is mourning one of the country’s greatest arts benefactors, Loti Smorgon, who died on Tuesday.

Smorgon, the widow of industrialist Victor Smorgon, was 94. After 73 years of marriage, her husband predeceased her in 2009. He was 96. 

The Smorgons became one of Australia’s great philanthropic couples, donating millions through their Victor and Loti Smorgon Foundation to health, medical research and arts institutions.

The Smorgons were most well known for their generosity to the arts. In 1995, the couple donated 154 contemporary Australian works to Sydney's Museum of Contemporary Art.

Loti Smorgon was a former board member of the National Gallery of Victoria.

The Smorgons made their fortune in paper, packaging and steel.

Philanthropy Australia CEO, Louise Walsh described Loti Smorgon as an ‘awesome cultural philanthropist’.

“Both Loti and Victor were groundbreaking cultural philanthropists who have inspired many more philanthropists by their actions.

Walsh said that most of their giving was very much in the public domain where you could see the power of their gifts.

She said the impact of their philanthropy has been strongly taken up by their children and extended family members.

The National Gallery of Victoria  paid tribute to Loti Smorgon describing her as "one of the NGV's greatest benefactors and a true friend of all of us here at the NGV".

Loti Smorgon is survived by three of her four daughters, her 15 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren.

Image: Loti Smorgon unveils portrait at Royal Children's Hospital, 2012. Courtesy of Royal Children's Hospital. 


Staff Reporter  |  Journalist  |  @ProBonoNews



Got a story to share?

Got a news tip or article idea for Pro Bono News? Or perhaps you would like to write an article and join a growing community of sector leaders sharing their thoughts and analysis with Pro Bono News readers?

Get in touch at news@probonoaustralia.com.au


Write a Reply or Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *



YOU MAY ALSO LIKE

Australian NFPs fight for $50 million birthday giveaway

Maggie Coggan

Wednesday, 8th May 2019 at 5:29 pm

Policy boldness needed to encourage philanthropy

Krystian Seibert

Thursday, 2nd May 2019 at 8:38 am

Why the leaders of the future should look to philanthropy

Luke Michael

Tuesday, 30th April 2019 at 5:29 pm

It’s time to solve it, Australia!

Contributor

Thursday, 18th April 2019 at 7:30 am

POPULAR

Is this the Australia we want?

Maggie Coggan

Tuesday, 7th May 2019 at 8:33 am

Labor gives charities the spotlight in final days of election campaign

Maggie Coggan

Wednesday, 8th May 2019 at 4:57 pm

Morrison vows to prioritise NDIS following election win

Luke Michael

Monday, 20th May 2019 at 4:05 pm

Good360
pba inverse logo
Subscribe Twitter Facebook

Get the social sector's most essential news coverage. Delivered free to your inbox every Tuesday and Thursday morning.

You have Successfully Subscribed!