Criterion
MEDIA, JOBS & RESOURCES for the COMMON GOOD
NEWS  |  Finance, Philanthropy

Champion Cultural Philanthropist Loti Smorgon Dies


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


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

Philanthropic Leader Calls to Overhaul Economic System

Maggie Coggan

Thursday, 13th September 2018 at 8:52 am

New Brooms: How Younger Givers Are Changing Family Philanthropy

Fiona Higgins

Wednesday, 12th September 2018 at 11:11 am

Increasing Transparency of Australian Philanthropy

Luke Michael

Thursday, 6th September 2018 at 3:56 pm

US Philanthropy Leader Warns Against Spending On ‘Fad’ Issues

Maggie Coggan

Wednesday, 5th September 2018 at 5:08 pm

POPULAR

Family Faces ‘Devastating’ Loss of Support for Son with Disability

Luke Michael

Tuesday, 11th September 2018 at 8:37 am

$50 million Up For Grabs to Help NFPs Drive Change

Maggie Coggan

Monday, 17th September 2018 at 4:21 pm

Social Economy is the Workforce of the Future

Luke Michael

Thursday, 6th September 2018 at 8:21 am

Australia’s Most Innovative NFPs Highlighted

Luke Michael

Thursday, 13th September 2018 at 8:41 am

Criterion
pba inverse logo
Subscribe Twitter Facebook

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

You have Successfully Subscribed!