Dr Dave Kennedy, the former executive director of Atlantic Philanthropies, shares his insights into entrepreneur Chuck Feeney’s revolutionary approach to giving.

Between 1998 and 2016, entrepreneur Chuck Feeney and his foundation, The Atlantic Philanthropies (AP), gave AUD$549 million in grants to grow Australia’s biomedical research, higher education, social equity and leadership capabilities. This level of giving was unprecedented at the time and changed the giving landscape in Australia.

Dr Dave Kennedy, the former executive director of AP, was responsible for the foundation’s grantmaking and related fundraising during the period 2012-2017. Dave reveals the five-level approach utilised by AP in its grant-making and discuss Feeney’s ‘Giving While Living’ philosophy that influenced some of our leading donors, including Andrew and Nicola Forrest, Graeme Wood, and Charles Curran. He also discusses some of the learnings and lessons that emerged for Australian philanthropy.

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