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


Lunch with Winsome McIntosh, renowned US environmental philanthropist


Please join us for an intimate lunch and lively discussion with renowned US environmental philanthropist, Winsome McIntosh.  With 45 years experience at the forefront of environmental law and activism, Winsome will speak about the importance of finding your purpose, taking an entrepreneurial approach to grantmaking, investing in skilled and charismatic leaders and taking on the tough issues that no one else can.

Date Tuesday 22 August 2017
Time 12 – 2pm
Location Bel & Brio, Barangaroo – Sydney
RSVP Heidi on
Invitation Invitation – Winsome McIntosh


Environmental Philanthropy meets Parliament (ePmP)

Join us for breakfast! Hear a panel of Australia’s leading environmental grantmakers speak about their philanthropy, the issues they care about and the potential for environmental philanthropy to work more closely with government. The AEGN will be inviting the Minister for the Environment and Energy, Members of Parliament and senior departmental officials to attend. Your presence and contribution will send a strong message to key policy makers.

The ePmP breakfast is organised by the AEGN, as a side event of Philanthropy Australia’s Philanthropy Meets Parliament Summit. AEGN members are encouraged to register for the two day PA event; however it is possible to only attend the breakfast.

Date Tuesday 12 September 2017
Time 7 – 8.50am
Location Hotel Realm,  National Ballroom 4, 18 National Circuit, Canberra
Enquiries Esther Abram on
RSVP Eventbrite
Invitation Environmental Philanthropy Meets Parliament – Tues 12 Sept


Funder Forum – Food systems, Biodiversity and Sustainable Agriculture and AEGN Annual General Meeting

Centre for Policy Development will present research on Commonwealth and Victorian government funding programs in the areas of food systems, biodiversity and sustainable agriculture, followed by discussion on the implications for funding. This work has been undertaken through a partnership with the AEGN to inform members about government policy and funding in this area and will play an important role in informing strategic  and impactful funding.

The Funder Forum will be followed by the AEGN Annual General Meeting.

Date Wednesday 25 October 2017
Location Venue to be confirmed, Melbourne
Enquiries Esther Abram on or Heidi Taylor on


Central Australia Field Trip
This field trip has now been deferred to May 2018. AEGN field trip exploring biodiversity, Indigenous land management, renewable energy and the issues of climate change in the awe-inspiring landscape of outback Australia. Meet and learn from Indigenous rangers, scientists and practitioners on this six day field trip.  Cost to be confirmed, range from $4,500 to $5,500 excluding flights to Alice Springs and ex Uluru.
Date May 2018
Location Central Australia
Enquiries Ione McLean


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Launch of Outback Papers

I would like to warmly invite you to attend the launch of the second study in Pew’s The Outback Papers.

The Outback Papers is a 10-year series of peer-reviewed studies that seek to document the issues, challenges and opportunities to create a vibrant Outback, the heart of Australia. The Outback is at a crossroads. Its health depends on both the learnings of the past and necessary change to adapt to an uncertain future.

My Country, Our Outback: Voices from the land on hope and change in Australia’s heartland includes the authoritative science of Professor John Woinarski and 12 diverse personal stories that help to show the way toward achieving a modern Outback that sustains its people and values its extraordinary natural wonders.

Date Wednesday 23 August 2017
Time 6pm for 6.15pm start with an 8.15pm finish
Location Old Government House
QUT Gardens Point Campus
2 George St, Brisbane
RSVP Please RSVP here by Friday 11th of August
Invitation Invitation to Outback Papers
Member Barry Traill – Tracker Foundation


Philanthropy supporting a more equitable, sustainable and healthier food system

Across Australia new food systems initiatives are on the rise, tackling a wide range of social and environmental problems. Alternative farming methods, farmers markets, urban agriculture projects and food waste initiatives are community responses to concern that the Australian food system is unfair and damaging to the environment. This webinar will showcase some exciting food system initiatives and explore the ways philanthropy can support positive change to the food system.

Presenters are:

Robert Pekin, Foundation and Executive Director, Food Connect Foundation

Hayley Morris, Trustee, Morris Family Foundation

Alexandra Iljadica, Co-founder and CEO, Youth Food Movement

Date Thursday 31 August 2017
Time 1 – 2pm AEST
Location Via Webinar
For Bookings Book via Eventbrite


Heron Island Reef Field Trip

A group of young(ish!) leaders aged in our 20s-40s are planning a trip to Heron Island research station in September this year as a way to learn more about the science, impacts and solutions to climate change.  

Heron Island research station is a world class research and teaching facility run by the University of Queensland on an idyllic coral island off the coast of Gladstone. Whilst now 50% of Great Barrier Reef’s coral has been bleached, Heron is still south enough to have much of its coral intact. 

This trip is a chance to swim with turtles (and maybe even see baby turtles hatch), learn from Australia’s best experts in climate change and renewable energy, meet inspiring people and discover what kinds of shifts it will take to safeguard our future’s economic and environmental wellbeing. 

We’re looking for people who are interested in engaging more deeply in creating a sustainable future. It’s not a fundraiser; it’s about learning and developing thought leadership on the issue rather than supporting a particular organisation in the space.

Date 8 – 11 September 2017
More Information Reef Trip Brochure
Location Heron Island, QLD
Member Clare Ainsworth Herschell on
Expressions of Interest


EGA Fall Retreat 2017 – USA
In response to the growing urgency of climate change, we have fully integrated climate into our 2017 Fall Retreat. Join us in September to hear from youth climate activist Aji Piper about his role in the landmark U.S. Federal Climate Lawsuit with Our Children’s Trust, as well as from Dr. Katharine Hayhoe, a climate scientist at Texas Tech University, on engaging communities of faith. Main stage programming will include debates on what’s next, focusing on divergent paths to clean energy, jobs and the economy.
Date 24 – 27 September 2017
More Information 
Location Seattle WA, USA
Enquiries Heidi Taylor


2017 National Private Land Conservation Conference – Hobart

The Australian Landscape Conservation Alliance has its third annual conference on 18th – 20th of October in Hobart. These are terrific events and offer you an opportunity to hear from people and groups working to protect biodiversity and nature on private land.

There are usually all sorts of people involved – from large groups like Bush Heritage and Greening Australia to small landcare groups. Several AEGN members will attend this year. An agenda and website will be published later in August.

Date 18 – 20 October 2017
More Information
Location Hobart, Tasmania
Enquiries Heidi Taylor