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Hello from Amanda

Dear AEGN members and friends,

I hope you are all embracing the chilly winter months and keeping warm.  I am feeling both relaxed and excited. Relaxed because I have just spent a wonderful week away at a health retreat in the gorgeous Gold Coast hinterland eating fabulous healthy food, taking lovely long walks and to my great joy, spotting a Magnificent Rifebird. And I’m excited about the year ahead at the AEGN.  In the next six months we will, with support and inspiration from members, launch a new ambitious program to significantly grow environmental philanthropy in Australia.
The AEGN also has some important projects that will nurture and develop you in your grantmaking. We are currently developing a Register of Experts on the themes we use in our Giving Green material. We want to engage people who are seen to have ‘top of the field’ expertise and invite you to nominate experts for this register.

You can read more about the register and let us know who you think should be on it here – link to form.

Thank you to the many AEGN members who joined us at our Annual Conference. We explored the interconnections between government and philanthropy from a number of angles through panel discussions, workshops and case study sharing. For the first time we filmed many of these sessions for members who weren’t able to attend. Delegates can also revisit sessions. You can view these here.

It’s renewal time at the AEGN. A very big thank you to all AEGN members and especially to our Ambassador, Leading, Sustaining and Strategic supporters for your support this year.  And thank you to those of you who have already renewed.  Renewals have been mailed and emailed along with a report on AEGN recent activities and our ambitious plans for the year ahead.  I hope that you can all continue to support and work with the AEGN to develop and grow environmental philanthropy in Australia.  Please do contact either me or Ione McLean or 03 9663 7844 if you would like to discuss AEGN membership and support.

I am delighted to welcome Briana Thompson, and Jen Grindrod, our newest AEGN staff members.  Bri is based in Sydney and will provide office and event support to ensure our Sydney office is warm, welcoming and well run. Jen is developing our latest funder group on Indigenous land management.

I look forward to seeing you at an AEGN event soon.