Impact Profiles

McKinnon Family Foundation

The McKinnon Family Foundation is a private ancillary fund established in 2006 by John and Sue McKinnon. The Foundation’s mission is focused around poverty alleviation, protection of the environment and development of social enterprises. In addition to making grants, the Foundation is committed to the responsible investment of its assets, with a percentage of its corpus currently invested in impact investments and the ultimate goal to have 100% of its portfolio in impact investments. Read more

The Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation

Catherine Brown
CEO

The Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation (LMCF) is a leading philanthropic organisation and the largest community foundation in Australia. With a long and impressive history supporting the community through philanthropy, the LMCF has recently started to make impact investments from its corpus, including investing in the digital Hireup and launching an Affordable Housing Fund. We speak with CEO Catherine Brown. Read more

Christopher Thorn

Climate Change and Sustainability Services
Ernst & Young

Christopher Thorn makes impact investments happen. Connecting the often-disparate worlds of business, community and government, he has spent decades working in private wealth management, philanthropy and social investment in Melbourne, New York and Brisbane, and has played a hand in advising clients who have created and invested in some of Australia’s landmark impact investments. Read more

Family Life

Family Life is an entrepreneurial community organisation working to strengthen families and promote well-being across society through community development and engagement activities, partnerships, and specialised services. Research, enterprise and innovation are central to Family Life’s approach to getting to the root cause of social problems, whilst responding to immediate needs, and delivering measurable social change and impact. Read more

Wendy Haigh

Wendy Haigh

Social Investment
The Benevolent Society

Wendy Haigh is a pioneer in social innovation and utilising finance as a tool to scale social impact. With a foundation in accountancy and a career spanning diverse sectors in executive positions, Wendy has played a central role in delivering a number of significant impact investing initiatives for The Benevolent Society, and is focused on developing new opportunities to transform social service delivery in Australia. Read more

Tim Macready

Chief Investment Officer
Christian Super

For a number of years, Christian Super has been an impact investing leader in the institutional investment space. Much of this work has been lead by the organisation’s Chief Investment Officer, Tim Macready, who talks to Impact Investing Australia about the superannuation fund’s experience with impact investing and aspirations to grow its impact investment portfolio. Read more

NSW Office of Social Impact Investment

NSW has been a trailblazer nationally and globally in impact investing, pioneering Australia’s first two social impact bonds and launching Australia’s first whole-of-government impact investment strategy in 2015. We spoke with Kirrin Winning, Director of the NSW Office of Social Impact Investment about the importance of government leadership in growing the opportunities for impact investing. Read more

Impact Generation Partners

In growing the opportunities for impact investing, intermediaries play a critical role in bridging the needs and the capability of organisations looking for finance with investors who want to make impact investments. Impact Generation Partners was set up in 2015 by Quentin and Amanda Miller to help bridge that gap and advise purpose-driven enterprises and family offices. Read more

Amit Bouri

CEO & co-founder
GIIN

Leading GIIN, Amit Bouri has taken significant strides with generating energy and momentum around impact investing on a global scale, through an array of initiatives designed to accelerate the growth of the impact investing market. He addresses some of the big question in the industry in this profile with Impact Investing Australia. Read more

 

Carol Schwartz AM

Chair
Trawalla Foundation

Carol is an accomplished business and philanthropic leader, and an esteemed commentator on gender equality, women’s leadership and social enterprise. Together with her husband, she established the Trawalla Foundation, an impact investing pioneer that, in addition to its grants, makes investments in social enterprises, not for profit organisations and programs demonstrating innovation and promoting women into leadership positions. Carol is also an Ambassador for the Australian Advisory Board on Impact Investing.
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Katy Barfield

CEO
Yume

Yume, the brainchild of food rescue veteran Katy Barfield, is a revolutionary food rescue app designed to reduce the amount of commercial food waste that heads to our landfills each year. We speak to Katy about the importance investment readiness and the role impact investing can play in supporting for-purpose businesses to achieve scale and have greater social and environmental impact. Read more

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