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ME

I want to make a difference

I believe that philanthropists and non-profits can work together to make the world a better place and step in where governments fail to act.

The trouble is that funders want to know their money is going to make the greatest impact possible – but unfortunately non-profits are not always great at telling the full story of what they can do to make this happen.

This results in some fantastic non-profit organisations missing out on major gifts that could transform the work they do and, as a result, the world around us.

 

Now, this is where I come in.

 

Ever since I declared to my mum as an idealistic 9-year old that I “wanted to make a difference in the world” – I’ve been on a mission to gather as much knowledge, experience, and expertise of social change as I can.

 

This started in University where I gained a PhD in organisational theory and public-sector management and gained vital knowledge and important skills in the world of academia and peer-reviewed research.

 

I then went on to help shape government and organisational policy both in the UK, and Australia, as a senior advisor. Then I moved into the world of non-profit campaigning and major gift fundraising, leading teams at organisations like WWF Australia and the University of QLD.

 

My desire to do everything I could to “make a difference” saw me switch sides and work with prominent philanthropists like Graeme Wood. I learned to see things through the eyes of funders and worked on philanthropy strategy and no profit due diligence, as well as gift administration and impact evaluation.

 

My experience across all the sectors related to social change means I’ve developed a uniquely holistic insight into non-profits AND funders, which has shaped the way I work and the impact I can help these organisations make.

 

If you want to find out more about me and my career, then check out my Linked In page, or for more information on my perspective on philanthropy, then check out my blog.

Contact

PO Box 739

Woy Woy, NSW 2256

Australia

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sam@samhardyphilanthropy.com.au

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