Stronger water future to address environmental
As I’ve been watching the news of the devasting fires in the US in the last week, I’ve been transported back to the burnt Australian skylines early this year. Remember that? Back when bushfires were our focus.
This reminder of a permanent change to our environment confirms the importance of our focus on biodiversity conservation and one of the largest commitments the Ross Trust has made.
This month we have signed off on a commitment of $1 million over five years, to be amongst the philanthropic organisations committing to a non-partisan, neutral national policy body to guide the future management of our fresh water resources in this country.
There could scarcely be a more important policy issue in Australia right now.
The plan is for the National Independent Water and Catchment Policy Centre to transform water and catchment policymaking.
While we are all still in lockdown in Victoria it is sometimes hard to look more than a few weeks ahead, but I believe this initiative will take us forward in great strides.
I would like to acknowledge the leadership of The Myer, Ian Potter and Colonial Foundations for creating a vision for this Centre of the future, which was so clear and compelling, resulting in other philanthropy organisations also committing funds to get it off the ground. If you want to know more, please read the story below.
Speaking of leadership, I was thrilled to learn SANE Australia CEO Jack Heath will be the new CEO of Philanthropy Australia from early next year. Congratulations Jack. Outgoing CEO Sarah Davies has shown incredible strength, tenacity and clarity and led PA into a new era with a particular focus on more and better philanthropy. I thank her for her grounded leadership over the past five years and look forward to working with Jack.
This edition of the update also showcases our latest impact investment; an inspiring education model created by the Melbourne City Mission, and a timely commitment to a program strengthening school and community connections to protect some of the most vulnerable students in the City of Hume.
CEO, the Ross Trust
$1 million towards independent water policy for the future
Creating an enduring, sustainable water policy for Australia is at the core of a new model proposed by philanthropy to address one of the most complex public policy challenges we face.
A ground-breaking impact investment model sits behind Melbourne City Mission’s vision to help vulnerable young people complete secondary education, with a reduction in emergency department presentations as a key measurement of success.
Banksia Gardens Community Services has established the Northern Centre for Excellence in School Engagement – a program strengthening school and community connections to protect some of the most vulnerable students in the City of Hume.
We’re implementing a new model for Measurement, Evaluation and Learning to support learning and future decision-making. It is designed to help the Trust, our partners, and the broader philanthropic sector, learn and evolve in its philanthropic practice and contribution to social and environmental change.