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Introducing new tools for climate-lens giving – Safeguarding the Environment Learning Circle

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Hosted by Australian Communities Foundation
01 June 2023

The climate crisis is the defining crisis of our time. We see its impact everywhere, from the increasing frequency of natural disasters and extreme weather to the degradation of the lands and waters around us.

But its impact extends beyond just the environment, driving inequality and hindering progress across the broad set of causes our giving community supports. From health and wellbeing to housing and homelessness, a strong democracy, First Nations justice – the climate crisis is a crisis for every cause.

Join us at our next Learning Circle, presented in partnership with the Australian Environmental Grantmakers Network (AEGN), to learn how you can apply a climate lens to your giving.

In this session, we will explore:

  • AEGN’s brand new Climate Lens Tool, developed in partnership with Philanthropy Australia, and how it can enhance your impact 
  • the relationship between varying cause areas and climate change
  • climate justice and where it intersects with First Nations justice
  • examples of impactful individual and philanthropic partnerships with climate justice movements.

A changing climate touches every cause and affects everyone, but it doesn’t affect everyone equally. Learn to apply a climate lens to the causes you support, and you’ll be giving with greater impact, amplifying the efforts of communities at the forefront of the crisis.

We’ll be joined by Ione McLean (Environmental Program Manager, AEGN), Tishiko King (First Nations Program Manager, Australian Communities Foundation), and Bec Milgrom (Executive Director, Tripple).

Please note: This event will take place online via Zoom and in person at our Community of Giving, 6/126 Wellington Parade, East Melbourne, 3002 at 12pm on 1 June.

Event information

Thursday 1 June
12:00pm – 2:00pm AEST

This event will be held in person at our Community of Giving and online. Online registrants will be sent a link on the day to join via Zoom.


Ione joined the AEGN in 2013 and since that time has worked to engage with and connect members and other philanthropists to the AEGN network and to environmental issues and solutions. Previously she worked in business development and program management in the energy efficiency sector for community, state government, and small-to-medium organisations including Sustainable Energy Development Authority of NSW and Ecovantage, and as a fundraiser for environmental non-government organisations Environment Victoria and the Nature Conservation Council of NSW.

Tishiko King, First Nations Program Manager, Australian Communities Foundation

Tishiko is a proud Kulkalaig woman from the Island of Masig, Kulkalgal Nation of Zenadth Kes. Prior to her role at ACF, Tish was part of the Groundswell Giving team as their Philanthropy and Engagement Officer, Campaigns Director at Seed Indigenous Youth Climate Network and collaborates on the campaign Our Islands Our Home as an organiser. Based in Naarm, Tish is spirited about sharing culture and amplifying social inequality and the rights of First Nations people. With experience across different industries at CSIRO Oceans, Atmosphere, and the exploration and minerals industry, Tish brings a diverse perspective on First Nations and environmental justice. 

Bec Milgrom, Executive Director, Tripple 

Bec is Executive Director at Tripple, a 100% Impact private investment company that works across all asset classes and incorporates both investing and grant-making to use capital as a force for good. Outside of Tripple, Bec has extensive experience in marketing and strategy in the start-up and not for profit sectors and is a current board member of the Centre for Australian Progress, a not for profit enabling civil society to win social and environmental progress, and Steward, a crowd-lending platform focussed on regenerative farming. Bec has a particular passion for food, farming, social justice and systems change.


This session is open to Australian Communities Foundation fundholders and our friends in the philanthropy sector. Contact us to register.