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Jonathan Duddles

Year of Award: 2014 Award State: Tasmania Business > Philanthropy
Environment > Conservation
To investigate how successful environmental charities have created a culture of philanthropy to build financial resilience and long term environmental outcomes - UK, Canada, USA
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Government funding for public good outcomes is declining globally; the funding gap is starting to be filled by private funds from both businesses and private individuals – which requires a new business approach. The Churchill Fellowship provided a timely opportunity for me to explore how organisations in the USA and UK are meeting this challenge to achieve their vision.

The conservation charities I visited were pragmatic, science-led, and outcome-focused, valuing people and nature thriving together much like Greening Australia, the organisation I work for. I can now identify ten different streams of private support, yet before the Fellowship we were only accessing three of these private streams. Major gift philanthropy, one of the biggest opportunities, was growing internationally, consistent with my observations in Australia.

The key opportunities for me included learning to: 

  • Think big in terms of the impact that we want to make
  • Build relationships with people who have both the capacity and the interest to make a difference
  • Engage potential supporters in nature– show them the issues and impact that is possible with their support
  • ASK at a scale that achieves this impact – major donors give to visionary outcomes.

I was pleased to discover that we are on the right track in Australia. It was terrific to share knowledge across organisations with similar challenges and opportunities. Visiting amazing natural places and meeting inspirational donors, landholders, scientists and practitioners, there was a genuine two- way exchange of strategies, experience and information; this has ensured that the new relationships will continue for years after the Fellowship travel itself.

The Fellowship is now underpinning the design of Greening Australia’s strategy, so that it can grow its impact across the Australian landscape. 

Excerpt from “Bringing Knowledge Home” published by the Churchill Fellows Association of Tasmania (2016) 

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