Giving back for our environment - a decade of donations

18 September 2019

(Issued by Department of the Environment and Energy)

In a report by the Department of the Environment and Energy and the Australian Environmental Grantmakers Network (AEGN), Australians donated around $1.4 billon to environmental organisations over the past 10 years, including $184 million in 2018.

The report, ‘A Decade of Donations for the Environment’, identifies trends in donations made to environmental organisations, highlighting the value Australians place on a healthy environment and the work being done to protect it.

Released today to coincide with the annual Philanthropy Meets Parliament Summit, the report will help inform philanthropists and other stakeholders about environmental donations, complementing annual charity reports published by the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC).

  The AEGN works with philanthropists who value the environment and have an active commitment to see it protected, preserved and thriving.

Not-for-profit environmental organisations fund meaningful environmental projects, from conservation sanctuaries, river health, partnerships with Traditional Owners to protect native species, to education and research.

Through their connection to and care for Country, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are vital partners in sustaining our environment.

The report identifies many organisations supporting Indigenous land and sea management activities, recognising this deep knowledge of Country, Indigenous ecological knowledge and delivery expertise.

A healthy environment underpins the economy and the health and wellbeing of Australian communities. Continuing to work together will help keep it healthy and productive.

The full report is available at