Engendering common purpose and commitment among employees is a significant business goal, and broadly shared interests outside business objectives have been shown to contribute to this aim. Conservation is high among the concerns of all Australians.
Considering this, employers may consider initiating a corporate giving program targeted at a conservation project, matching (or better) the funds committed by their employees through pay deductions. Tax deductions may apply to employers and employees joining such initiatives.
Philanthropy Australia provides a "first port-of-call" for all seeking information on charitable trusts, philanthropic foundations and the charity sector (www.philanthropywiki.org.au).
For those interested specifically in supporting environmental issues the Australian Environmental Grantmakers Network is a particularly important organisation. The AEGN is a not-for-profit organisation and is incorporated as a public company limited by guarantee.
The AEGN’s mission is to help member organisations and others become more effective environmental grantmakers through information sharing, collaboration and networking.
They provide the means for environmental grantmakers to:
- Connect with, encourage and challenge one another
For more information, or to join or attend their events see: (www.aegn.org.au)
With more than a decade since its establishment, The Thomas Foundation has amassed a substantial reservoir of experience that may be of practical use to others - individuals, foundations and corporations - considering support for the conservation sector.
The Thomas Foundation is willing to share this expertise, and sees it as having application in many ways including: