Supporting community organising for climate
Running Waters Fund
John and Linda’s Running Waters Fund is named after a tributary of the Snowy River in Kosciuszko National Park. “It’s where we’ve spent almost every summer since we’ve known each other – nearly 40 years,” says Linda.
Having spent the first 20 years of their working lives in environmental organisations, Melbourne couple Linda and John understand what it takes to make change.
“It’s all about collaboration,” says Linda. “It’s about the community coming together to organise,” echoes John.
For the last decade, the couple has also found themselves “fortunate enough” to be able to give, adding a new dimension to their support for the environment.
“We’d always made donations where we could, but opening the Running Waters Fund with Australian Communities Foundation gave us the possibility to do much more.”
With a focus on urban ecological sustainability and social justice, the Fund has supported a range of causes over the years: the Community Organising Fellowship; the campaign to Stop Adani; the market-related work on coal and fossil fuels led by Market Forces; and the Reclaim Kosci campaign to get feral horses out of Kosciuszko National Park.
“When you feel connected to the organisations you’re giving to and become a part of their family, that’s magic – and the Foundation plays a key role in facilitating that connection.”
For Linda and John, the greatest joy of being part of Australian Communities Foundation has been the opportunity to connect with and learn alongside other donors.
“The Foundation plays a crucial role in educating and connecting donors with what’s happening on the ground and helping people understand how they can be part of making things happen,” says Linda.
“When you feel connected to the organisations you’re giving to and become a part of their family, that’s magic – and the Foundation plays a key role in facilitating that connection.
“We’ve really enjoyed going to Learning Circles and meeting other donors and changemakers.”