Outspoken philanthropist Dick Smith has made a $1 million donation to a well-known nonprofit. Greg Johnson reveals which organisation was the recipient of Smith’s generosity.

Dick Smith has made a $1 million donation to Australian Lions Foundation which will help fund its compassionate grants program. The donation was made in the lead-up to Smith’s keynote speech at the 61st Lions National Convention last month in Canberra.

“Pip and I consider this donation to be on behalf of the many tens of thousands of hours that are put in by Lions Club members right around Australia and, indeed, the world every year,” explains Smith. “We respect the work that Lions do and know that this donation will go to those most in need”

Lions’ compassionate grants program funds urgent medical treatment, critical support for the disabled and all forms of crisis services.

“This wonderful donation will go a long way,” said Australian Lions Foundation chairperson Glen Herbert. “Our Lions clubs already raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for compassionate projects, and grants from this donation, together with local contributions from clubs, business and generous individuals; will mean we can help so many more.”

Greg Johnson is the editor of Fundraising & Philanthropy Magazine.

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