Key philanthropic, corporate, SME, conservation, education, government partnerships, and individuals make more of our work possible.
The Phillips Foundation has been a transformational partner of the Jane Goodall Institute Australia by pledging long term support for the flagship Resource Box for Schools. Their support has enabled JGIA to leverage other funding and build effective momentum in the creation of a range of other environmental educational programs for young people.
Taronga has been a substantial, long term funding and strategic partner of JGIA. Indeed, the very beginnings of the Jane Goodall Institute Australia were a product of Taronga Zoo staff member, Polly Cevallos, who brought Dr Jane to Australia for her first official visit in 1997. This was a decade before the JGIA office started and Polly went on to be the first CEO for JGIA.
Since then, Taronga has been a long standing supporter of the Tchimpounga Chimpanzee Rehabilitation Centre in the Republic of Congo. Many of their chimp keepers have spent time in JGI African offices including Tchimpounga and Gombe in Tanzania where Jane’s research continues to this day. In addition, Taronga provides JGIA with office space within the Taronga Institute of Science & Learning. From 2014 to 2023, Taronga Executive Director, Simon Duffy AM, has been the Chair of JGIA and from 2022, Conservation Director, Nick Boyle, has joined the board.
Based in the US, but having a distinctly Australian connection, philanthropists Bill Gee and Sue Crothers are a generous and ongoing funder of JGIA. Their willingness to continue their support over the long term enables JGIA to plan for its future and continue delivering programs of impact on the ground in Australia.
The Une Parkinson Foundation has been supporting JGIA since 2020. A passionate organisation that understands the link between education and youth empowerment to be change makers, they support our Mini Grants and Embrace the Wild Programs.
Earth Choice is a cleaning product produced by Nature’s Organics. The company has been around since 1981, but they became a significant and important supporter of JGIA in 2017 as our newsletter sponsor.
Allen & Overy is a law firm that provides pro bono legal services to the JGI Global office in London. In Australia, the firm is available for those same services but they have also been an ongoing and generous financial supporter of JGIA since 2021.
Docusign has been a steady and important partner of JGIA since 2019. As a corporate keen to showcase their corporate social responsibility along with their credentials supporting avoided timber consumption, Docusign have played a role in helping to establish a key JGIA program, ReWild Your School which provides schools with a program that teaches students about specific local species and the habitat they need to survive.
Led by Brooke Squires and providing a profit share model, Raw Africa Eco Tours has been working alongside JGIA since 2017. Offering bespoke and intimate tours to Africa, travellers get to experience first hand how the work of the Jane Goodall Institute operates and the impact it has. Brooke is a highly skilled and capable tour guide and the relationships she has with local communities means travellers get a real world experience that includes wildlife and local people.
Sustainable ESG is a consultancy service working closely with corporations, investors and lenders to provide a suite of ESG services that enable sustainable long-term value for stakeholders. They proudly partnered with JGIA in 2022 to ensure that their work directly supports important charitable contributions in the environment and sustainability space.
Our relationship with Zoos South Australia extends back to when Chris West was CEO and became the founding Chair of JGIA in 2007. Since Chris moved on, Elaine Benstead and the Zoos SA team have been a key partner around our mobile phone recycling program with 50% of the funds they raise for mobile phone recycling going to JGIA’s work in the Democratic Republic of Congo. In 2019, Dr Jane visited Monarto Zoo and met a new infant chimp, that she named Hope. And in 2022, Dr Jane named another new infant to arrive at Monarto and called her Happy.
Sydney Zoo has been a key partner of our work in Burundi since 2022, providing critical support that improves the welfare of captive chimpanzees at Musée Vivant and enhances wild chimpanzee conservation efforts.
RNHP has been the key delivery partner of our Resource Box for Schools Program. Under the leadership of Stewart McPherson, we have now delivered versions of the program to 4,000 schools per year since 2020.
The Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience (AIME) is a ground breaking organisation that has been supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to access opportunities that have, for too long, been closed off. Together with JGIA, we are building out a plan to connect young people from all over the world through a program of nature based connection and learning.
The University of Adelaide under Dr Mark Kohler has been a central part of our Resource Box for Schools program since 2020. Mark has led the research into how nature based programs impact young people positively in physical and mental health, and in hope for the future. Mark’s work is undertake in partnership with Resilient Youth Australia with whom JGIA has also partnered to deliver Wild Side – a program designed to teach children to engage in nature as part of their outside play.
Since 2018, Cool Australia has hosted lesson plans for teachers that showcase the spirit of Roots & Shoots. Our partnership with Cool Australia continues to grow as we look for more innovative ways to work together and build engagement with the education sector around environmental awareness.
Dick & Pip Smith Foundation
Forrest Family Foundation
Nola Criddle Foundation
Norman Family Office
Paradice Family Office
Richard Collins, AM & Joanna Collins, AM
Founding Chair: Chris West (2007-2011)
Founding CEO: Polly Cevallos (2007-2012)
Founding Board & Roots & Shoots Volunteers: Alicia Kennedy, Fern Hames, Sue Conos, Debby Cox, Maria, Lea Kent, Mark Richardson, Belinda Redman, and Natalie Houghton
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