A major donation announced in Canberra today will include $50m of funding to support Australia’s arts and cultural sector, environmental initiatives and community organisations.
The contribution is part of a $400 million donation by Andrew and Nicola Forrest which was announced in the presence of the Prime Minister, the Hon. Malcolm Turnbull MP, at Parliament House.
Today’s event was led by MC Russell Crowe and included representatives from across the arts, culture, community and environment sectors.
“Under Andrew and Nicola Forrest’s leadership, the Minderoo Foundation represents a holistic understanding of community development, and what it takes to build strong and vibrant communities,” said Jack Thompson AM.
The support for the art and cultural sector will range from providing endowment contributions to significant cultural institutions through to working with grassroots organisations on professional development, the creation of new and innovative productions and the continuation of a visiting artist program in Western Australia.
In recognition of Australia’s large and diverse natural environment, and in the WA context, our expansive coastline and parklands, a portion of the funding will be used to invest in research and partnerships that will preserve, enhance and drive enjoyment of the natural environment. Minderoo believes that preservation is essential but we must also promote engagement with the natural environment and ensure there are public facilities to enable this.
“It’s our responsibility to protect our marine environment for the enjoyment of future generations. This donation represents a significant step towards conserving not only Australia’s oceans and fish species but helping the broader ecosystem to flourish”, said Daniel Pauly from the Institute for the Oceans and Fisheries at the University of British Columbia.
The donation will also be used to strengthen Australia’s community sector with funding towards organisations that have a clear and realistic strategy, strong and stable leadership and who have the potential to deliver or influence systematic change. Through grantmaking, Minderoo seeks to deliver measurable outcomes for vulnerable Australians.
Lifeline WA Chief Executive Officer Lorna MacGregor said philanthropy was vital to Lifeline WA’s work in the community. “The giving of time, money and advice from informed and engaged philanthropists ensures that not for profit organisations like Lifeline WA can continue to provide life-saving services to our community. We are incredibly grateful to people like Andrew and Nicola Forrest who continue to support the community in so many ways”.
The Minderoo Foundation has invested over $70 million in the arts, culture and community sectors to date primarily through grants and donations to over 250 organisations. More information regarding Minderoo’s partnerships can be found here.