Rupert Myer challenges us to build a culture of asking
Published on 19 December 2013
Hands Across Canberra is unique and what we are trying to do is to create a whole new conversation in Canberra about need. This is no easy task but the number we attracted to the Annual Lunch last month will help enormously. The event itself was a great success and we have much to celebrate – it was our first ever sold out lunch, our first ever $50,000 partner signed up (see Dimension Data story above), which made the event our first $100,000+ fundraiser, and the vibe in the room and since has been incredibly positive and encouraging towards our future ambitions.
The thoughts shared by our keynote speaker Rupert Myer AM gave us a lot to think about. In particular, Rupert’s view of philanthropy really resonated with what we are aiming to achieve:
Philanthropy achieves great things…Philanthropy’s role is often to think about and respond to the unfamiliar and unknowable; fund the un-sponsorable and take risks; challenge current ways of doing things; be agents for change, tackle problems and seek solutions that are way beyond our everyday experience.
Hands Across Canberra is focused on what Rupert coined ‘heartland philanthropy’ – we are helping small community organisations with their core mission – “And it’s within the grasp of all of us”.
He then went on to describe the need for the community sector to develop a culture of asking to make potential donors aware of the solutions they could be a part of.