Please note: AEGN events are for grantmakers not grantseekers unless the event specifically states otherwise.

If you have a PAF this article provides you with guidance on how you can consider using your PAF funds to cover AEGN event fees including field trips.

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AEGN 10 Year Anniversary  and AGM

Mark your diary!

The AEGN has turned ten. To mark this momentous occasion we would love you to join us to celebrate with an evening of revelry, reflections on fun times and anticipation of more fun, funding and a healthy, viable environmental ahead.

The night will bring together the vast network of people that  have made the AEGN what it is today – founding members, past members and staff,  the board, key experts, philanthropic sector partners and of course the heart of the network – our members.

Hear from Gary Tabor, credited with igniting the spark that led to the creation of the AEGN.

Our celebration will follow the 2017/18 AGM .

Date Wednesday 24 October 2018

AGM 5 – 6pm

10 year anniversary 6 – 8.30pm

Location Melbourne Museum, 11 Nicholson Street, Melbourne
RSVP Ione McLean on


Funding Large Landscape Conservation – learnings from around the globe with Dr Gary Tabor

Dr Gary Tabor has worked on behalf of large landscape conservation internationally for over 35 years with 12 years combined experience in Africa, South America and Australia and 12 years as a leader within the U.S. philanthropic community with the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation, the Henry P. Kendall Foundation, and finally the Yellowstone to Yukon Program Director for the Wilburforce Foundation. Gary is the founder of the Centre for Large Landscape Conservation

Join us for breakfast to hear Gary’s reflections on large landscape conservation work around the globe, his vision for the future and the role that philanthropy can play in making this a reality.

Date Thursday 25 October 2018
Time 8:00 AM – 9:30 AM
Location Meeting Room 1, Level 6, 126 Wellington Parade, East Melbourne
RSVP Tab Sejoe


Climate campaign landscape meeting

The AEGN is undertaking research to track how resources flow to different parts of the climate campaign. This information will inform the development of a new climate change funding framework and help individual members see their grantmaking in the ‘big picture’ of climate campaigning in Australia.

At this meeting members will discuss the research findings and, with support from movement experts, agree on conclusions that can be drawn from the data. This will include identifying issues or approaches which need more capacity. There will also be an opportunity for members to share their funding priorities with the group.

The meeting has been scheduled for the day after the AEGN 10th birthday celebration, to maximise the number of people who can attend in person.

Date Thursday 25 October 2018
Time 10am – 1pm
Location Meeting Room 1, Level 6, 126 Wellington Parade, East Melbourne
RSVP Esther Abram

Creative use of philanthropy – stories from the US on conservation finance

Hear from three US conservation and community development experts on how US foundations have creatively used mechanisms like grants, guarantees, loans, letters of credit and investments to support conservation and other projects. Between them, our guest presenters have been involved in the distribution of over $300 million of grants and program-related investments. This will be an informal session where our presenters share their experience and learnings, followed by questions and discussion.

The presenters:
Peter Stein, Managing Director of forestry conservation investment company Lyme Timber Company; co-founder of US Land Trust Alliance; co-founder of US Conservation Finance Network; advisor to foundations (including the Packard Foundation and Doris Duke Foundation) on their grant making and their program/mission-related investments.

Peter Howell, Executive Vice President of Open Space Institute which supports conservation directly through its own projects and through loans; oversaw the design and implementation of Doris Duke Foundation’s $100m national biodive)rsity conservation grantmaking program; and the Lila Wallace Reader’s Digest $20 million national urban parks initiative.

Lisa Cashdan – Ran The Upper Valley Community Foundation for 5 years; former senior philanthropic advisor and current Board member and Chair of the Nominating Committee at the Vermont Community Foundation.

Date Wednesday 7 November,
Time 12:30 PM – 2:00 PM (Melbourne)
Location AEGN, Level 6, 126 Wellington Parade, East Melbourne, Victoria
(Dial in available for those participating remotely)
RSVP Tab Sejoe


Nature Funder Webinar Series

We know that more than 50% of AEGN members fund or are interested in funding nature conservation – how to protect our unique plants and animals and special landscapes.

We also know that this area of funding in philanthropy is becoming increasingly urgent. So, in 2018, the AEGN will hold a Nature Webinar Series at lunchtimes on the 1st Wednesday of every second month, starting with 7th of March 2018.

These webinars will be designed for you to enjoy your lunch at your desk or home while listening to a series of experts and donors talking about nature conservation issues and funding. There will also be opportunities for you to ask questions or share your funding stories.

Date Wednesday 7 November 2018
Time 12 – 1.30pm
Location Via Zoom
RSVP Tab Sejoe on


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US Environmental Grantmakers Association
Annual Fall Retreat

The AEGN regularly hosts a group of members to attend the US EGA annual conference or “retreat”. The conference runs for three days and offers a series of brilliant speakers, super strategists and focused conversation on environmental grantmaking.

If you want to engage with some of the best minds in philanthropy to increase you effectiveness, join us 30 September to 3 October 2018 in beautiful North Carolina.

Date Sun 30 Sept to Wed 3 Oct 2018
Location Grove Park Inn, Asheville, North Carolina, US
Information Read more about the US EGA retreat.
Enquiries Let Amanda know if you are interested at