Our staff, board and members of the C4C community gathered for the 2019 Annual General Meeting on Sunday 17th November. Here's a round-up of our 2019 highlights.
The Annual General Meeting is a chance to review and acknowledge all of the progress made over the past year.
After approving new voting members, the first main agenda item was to present an overview of the 2019 Annual Report. This report summarizes the work of C4C's staff and supporters and presents statistics of the key programs.
A few highlights:
- Climate Conversation Program: C4C's flagship program reached its 7,500th Conversation guest
- Crowdfunder: This year, we raised $210,000 during the crowdfunder, making it the most successful campaign yet
- Communities Leading Change: In partnership with the Gippsland Climate Change Network, this year we launched a new program in the Latrobe Valley region. Communities Leading Change seeks to educate and enable local leaders to facilitate community group conversations and complete community resource projects
- Staff changes: We were very excited to welcome Mike McEvoy, Esther Lloyd, and Lisa Whiston to the staff! Unfortunately, we also said goodbye to staff members Zey Basarin, Serena Davies, Oliver Moraes, Angela Merriam, and Nicole Roberston.
You can find a full copy of the report here.
We also reviewed the 2019 Financial Report, which showed that C4C's financials exceeded expectations, largely due to the successful Crowdfunder!
The last key agenda item was to welcome Sanaya Khisty, Jackie Colmar, and Emma Bones to the Climate for Change Board of Directors. We also thanked outgoing board members Anica Niepraschk, Brad Bond, and Bronya Lipski for all of their hard work.
Meet the new board members:
- Sanaya leads B Lab Australia and New Zealand's advocacy for corporate governance models that enshrine a triple bottom line for people, profit and planet. Before joining B Lab, she was a senior policy consultant at a firm specialising in education, where she advised domestic and international governments about evidence- based policy. Prior to that, Sanaya was an advisor to two federal parliamentarians. Sanaya holds a Juris Doctor and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Melbourne. She is also a Fellow of the University of Melbourne’s Pathways to Politics Program for Women.
- Jackie is passionate about supporting and empowering individuals and communities to build a safe and sustainable future for all. She has worked with a variety of organisations including the Australian Youth Climate Coalition and The Difference Incubator in fundraising, communications and strategy development. She firmly believes that with the right tools and support anyone can making a lasting, positive impact in their communities and is currently working towards a Master of Liberal Arts in Development Practice at Harvard Extension School.
- Emma is a Chartered Accountant and has worked as a management consultant for not-for-profits and government in strategy and organisational design. Emma is currently working at the Judith Neilson Institute for Journalism and Ideas as the Programs and Finance Manager. With a passion for the environment and social justice, Emma is a strong believer in the power of community action to influence policy and drive change.
All in all - it was great to have so many members of the community all together to celebrate what a great year it was for Climate for Change!