With the climate crisis now intensifying bushfires and droughts across Australia, it’s time to examine how philanthropy can help.

Philanthropy can help to take the heat our of the climate crisis.

Philanthropy can help to take the heat out of the climate crisis.

Calls for action to reduce carbon emissions have taken on a renewed sense of urgency over recent months, as climate-intensified droughts and bushfires have highlighted the impacts of the climate crisis on Australia.

As countless scientific studies and government reports have predicted, Australia’s climate is getting hotter and drier as a result of human carbon dioxide emissions. This has led to a two-year drought that has devastated many farming communities.

Fuelled by record temperatures and dry conditions, this summer has seen particularly ferocious bushfires rage across every Australian state and territory. A nearly continuous wall of flame stretched from the NSW North Coast to Gippsland in Victoria. 

Meanwhile, thanks to the thick toxic smoke, the hottest Summer fashion trend in Sydney, Canberra and Melbourne was a P2 face mask 

This dire situation has led many to ask what role nonprofits have to play in solving the climate crisis? And how should trusts and foundations go about supporting those efforts?

The family foundation at the forefront of climate action

One of the leading funders of climate-related causes in Australia is the Morris Family Foundation, which invests in projects and organisations with meaningful social, economic and environmental impact in Australia, and abroad.

New inspiration and insights from Australia’s leading philanthropists

At the 2020 Generosity Forum you’ll hear a great mix of insight, inspiration, best practice, new developments and case studies from those leading change in Australian philanthropy. Super earlybird discount: Register before 20 February, 2020 to save up to $324! Don’t miss out!

Along with environmental causes, key focal areas for the foundation include food systems, international development, health and social welfare.

As the Executive Director of her family office, Hayley Morris leads her family’s philanthropic arm, the Morris Family Foundation. She also plays a leading role in her family’s businesses and investments, which span hospitality, tourism, aviation, technology and agriculture.

The family foundation takes a hands-on approach to its grantee selection and management of the grantmaking process. It uses the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals for reporting. All organisations it financially supports are required to submit impact reports that measure their achievements in line with this framework.

Beyond traditional grantmaking, the foundation also takes an active role in the process of creating the desired impact. This can range from engagement and support from its employees and assistance in creating collaborations with other funders and NGOs on a particular issue.

How can philanthropists and nonprofits help to solve the climate crisis?

In the opening keynote at the Generosity Forum, Morris will join Greenpeace Australia Pacific CEO David Ritter in exploring how philanthropy is helping to solve the climate crisis.

In a conversation with F&P’s Founder and Publisher, Jeremy Bradshaw, Morris and Ritter will discuss the vital importance of increasing the philanthropic contribution to tackling global warming. This includes prioritising root causes of the climate emergency through advocacy.

Morris will also reveal how and why her family foundation has made climate a priority for funding. Meanwhile, Ritter will discuss case studies and opportunities for collaboration in Australia and abroad.

The Generosity Forum will be held on 5 May at the Pullman Melbourne on the Park, opposite the MCG and the Fitzroy Gardens. The conference aims to provide insights, inspiration, best practice, new developments and case studies from those leading change in philanthropy.

At the 2020 Generosity Forum you’ll hear a great mix of insight, inspiration, best practice, new developments and case studies from those leading change in Australian philanthropy. Super earlybird discount: Register before 20 February, 2020 to save up to $324! Don’t miss out!

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