The son also rises


Hamish Balnaves sat down with Liz Henderson to discuss his giving inspirations, his goals and what it’s like being a second generation philanthropist.


Hamish Balnaves with CCI scientists Dr Dan Carter and Dr Vincent Jing- SMALLER

Caption: Hamish Balnaves with Children’s Cancer Institute grant recipients, Dr Dan Carter (left) and Dr Vincent Jing.

Hamish Balnaves says philanthropy was something his childhood in Sydney was preparing him for, even though it wasn’t a particular focus of his family’s life then.

“Rather than it being very obvious or talked about when we were younger, values were being instilled in us – a sense of civic duty and concern for others,” he remembers.

So when the successful media entrepreneur, Neil Balnaves, opened discussions with Hamish and his sisters, Alexandra and Victoria, about putting the wealth that would have become theirs into a family foundation, “it was kind of a no-brainer for all of us,” Hamish says. “We were all happy with the idea. We wanted to be part…

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