April 3, 2023

What is philanthropy’s responsibility to future generations?

Join us for a conversation about how philanthropy can work with young people to design funding programs that create long term impact.

Thursday 20 April 2023
3:00 – 5:00 PM AEST

The Paul Ramsay Foundation
262 Liverpool Street Darlinghurst, NSW 2010

Join us for a conversation with the world’s first Future Generations Commissioner of Wales, Sophie Howe, about how philanthropy can work with young people to design funding programs that create long term impact.

Facilitated by the Executive Director of the Next Generation Foundation, Courtney Miller, and joined by Climate and Racial Justice Director of the Australian Youth Climate Coalition, Grace Vegesana, this 45 minute panel will discuss ways to ensure funding decisions made today are fit for the future.

Catering will be provided. Please provide any dietary considerations in your registration form.

Note: these events will follow COVID-safe guidelines.

Foundation for Young Australians respectfully acknowledge the Traditional Custodians of the land on which we all work and live. Yirranma Place stands on Gadigal Land, and the Foundation for Young Australians on the land of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin Nation. We recognise their continuing connection to land, water, and community and pay respects to Elders past, present, and those yet to come. We acknowledge that sovereignty was never ceded. This always was, always will be Aboriginal Land.

Sophie Howe 

Described by The Guardian as ‘the Worlds First Minister of the Unborn’ Sophie Howe was the worlds first Future Generations Commissioner and for last seven years has held a legal mandate to be the ‘guardian of the interests of the future generations of Wales.’ In this role she has led high profile interventions holding the Government to account on how they have considered future generations in their policy making and has secured fundamental changes to transport planning and education policies ensuring they are fit for the future generations. She has served as an Adviser to two of Wales First Ministers as an adviser to the UN Secretary General on governance for intergenerational equity and has influenced the development of similar legislation in Scotland and Ireland and a UK Future Generations Bill. She is a TED speaker and has shared platforms with HRH Prince Williams Hollywood Superstars Michael Sheen and Chris Hemsworth as well as The Pope. She was named as no 5 the BBC Women’s Power List 2020.

She runs her own consultancy business supporting governments and businesses to implement future generations thinking and holds roles advising on governance for future generations with the School of International Futures and Apolitical supporting 150k public officials across the world to develop skills for 21st century governments.

Courtney Miller 

Courtney Miller is the Executive Director of Next Generation, the family foundation for Nick and Gabi Molnar. The Foundation focuses on the next generation of Australians and the issues they confront including Climate Change. Courtney brings a variety of policy experience from advising Federal Ministers in Canberra to the creative worlds of art and fashion as head of Comms for the Museum of Contemporary Art and as GM of the Australian Fashion Council.

She has a Masters of Public Policy from Berkeley and is on the board of the Bangalow Film Festival in the Northern Rivers and Surfers for Climate. Besides this, Courtney can be found in her home town on the most Easterly hip of Australia either in the water or with her hands in her garden.

Grace Vegesana 

Grace Vegesana is a 23 year old woman-of-colour fighting for climate, economic & racial justice on stolen Dharug, Gundungurra and Tharawal land across Western Sydney, Australia. She is pioneering an intersectional portfolio as the Climate & Racial Justice Director for the Australian Youth Climate Coalition (AYCC). She sits on the Boards of the Foundation for Young Australians, the Australian Conservation Foundation and Sweltering Cities.

She believes in a better, brighter, and more climate-resilient world for young people to inherit and thrive in, and works to bring those dreams into reality through supporting young people in culturally, linguistically, and religiously diverse and climate-affected communities in Australia to forge generation-wide solutions to intersecting crises at a systemic level.

About the Youth Engagement Funder Network
The Foundation for Young Australians convenes the Youth Engagement Funder Network, a learning circle for philanthropists and funders interested in increasing youth engagement and shifting power to young people via the projects they fund.

We work to make all our events as accessible to as many people as possible. Please note access requirements when completing registration.

If you are under 30, travelling from outer Sydney and need support with travel costs, please note in your registration and a member of staff will be in contact with you.

This event will be held at a wheelchair accessible venue.

At Yirranma place, there is infrared hearing augmentation available to those attending meetings on level 2 or events in the Blue Gum Hall, braille incorporated into signage, and accessible ramp access to the building via Liverpool Street, with lift access to all floors. There is an accessible toilet for visitors in the Blue Gum Hall.

Auslan Interpreters
Auslan Interpreters can be provided for gatherings. Please let us know at registration if this would support you to attend.

Single and All Gender Bathrooms
We have single and all gender bathrooms at Yirranma Place.

COVID Safety
We want to ensure that all those attending our events are COVID Safe. To be able to attend FYA’s in person events, attendees must be:

  • Be well, and not present with cold or flu-like symptoms.
  • Not be waiting on COVID-19 test results.
  • Not have been in close contact with someone who has confirmed COVID-19, until receiving a negative COVID-19 test result.

Hand sanitiser will be available at the venue, sanitise and wash your hands frequently.

Maintain 1.5m distance, and use a facemask where physical distancing can’t be maintained.