Ian Potter Foundation



The Ian Potter Foundation has been a Partner of CSL since 2009.,Their involvement has helped building the capacity of the organisation to evolve and grow from a traditional grant funding not-for-profit into a social enterprise not-for-profit.

A social impact research report conducted iIn 2014, (measuring the social impact research produced through funding from on the Ian Potter Foundation)funding granted to CSL, highlighted the outstanding results in the quality and capacity of built leadership by for sustainability capacity ofCSL alumni, Fellows and the organisation. 

The Ian Potter Foundation was established in 1964 by Australian financier, businessman and philanthropist, Sir Ian Potter (1902 – 1994).  The Foundation is now one of Australia’s major philanthropic foundations.

Based in Melbourne, the Foundation makes grants nationally to support charitable organisations working to benefit the community across a wide range of sectors and endeavours.  Grants are made through nine program areas which reflect Sir Ian’s interest in the arts, and his visionary approach to issues including the environment, science, medical research, education and community wellbeing, as well as the importance of investing in Australia’s intellectual capital.

Through its grants, the Foundation seeks to encourage excellence and support Australia’s talent: the visionaries, social entrepreneurs, scientists, academics and researchers, artists and teachers, and those who dedicate themselves to bettering our communities for the benefit of all.

Since 1964, The Ian Potter Foundation has contributed over $200 million to thousands of projects, both large and small.  Led by its Board of Governors, the Foundation has a strong track record of funding projects that respond decisively to key issues and develop our creativity and capacity as a nation.

The Foundations largest grants include $8 million to The Australian Ballet in 2010; $15 million in 2000 towards the establishment of the National Gallery of Victoria’s gallery of Australian art in Federation Square, and $15 million to the Peter MacCallum Cancer Foundation towards the Victorian Comprehensive Cancer Project in 2012.

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