Staying informed on the biggest issues
Bruce and Ann McGregor are strong supporters of Impact Partners in the environment area, including Country Needs People and the Invasive Species Council. Credit: Madeline Bishop.
Ann and Bruce McGregor have a long history of getting involved in causes they care about. “We haven’t just been on the giving side of things. We’ve always worn many hats,” says Bruce.
The couple are heavily involved in protecting and restoring their local Merri Creek in Melbourne’s north. Ann is President of the Merri Creek Management Committee and Vice-President at Friends of Merri Creek, while Bruce is President of the Victorian National Parks Association.
The couple opened a Named Fund at ACF in 2006 and have co-funded with the Impact Fund every year since its inception.
“The Impact Fund is an important mechanism for helping identify critical issues for Australia and focusing giving to organisations and campaigns working on solutions,” says Bruce.
Ann and Bruce are strong supporters of Impact Partners in the environment area, including Country Needs People and the Invasive Species Council.
“We tend to only really talk about our environmental philanthropy because that’s the space we’re most confident in, but we also give to a number of social causes,” explains Ann.
“We spend less time researching social issues though, so being connected to the Impact Fund helps us stay informed on the biggest issues facing Australians.
“For example, the Impact Fund showcase presentation about the Uluru Statement gave us the chance to hear directly from the Indigenous advocates and their aspirations.”
“The Impact Fund is an important mechanism for helping identify critical issues… so being connected to the Fund helps us stay informed on the biggest issues facing Australians.”
For Ann and Bruce, one of the best things about being involved with the Fund has been getting others on board.
“The Fund is a great way to engage all kinds of givers in impactful giving,” says Bruce. “One of the key reasons we co-fund is to encourage others.”
“We circulated the Impact Fund proposal from the Invasive Species Council around the Australian Environmental Grantmakers Network to attract additional co-funders. Collaborative funding is a very effective way for smaller funders to resource larger, impactful projects.”