About Us


The Fund’s vision is an environmentally sustainable world in which biodiversity is preserved.


The mission of the Fund is to advance, primarily through education of individuals and organisations, environmental sustainability and preservation of biodiversity.


The Sydney-based Fund was established in August 2004 by Robert Purves AM, who is committed to making an impact for a better environment.

Robert is a businessman and an environmentalist. He is currently President of WWF Australia and is a former board member of WWF International (the world's largest science based conservation organisation).

Robert is also a founding member of The Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists, a Director of Earth Hour Global, a Director of Climate Council of Australia, a Patron of the Lizard Island Research Station and a Governor of Australian Youth Climate Coalition.

Robert has a long career in public companies, including being Chairman of a public listed company, DCA Group Limited, the then the leading provider of radiology and the largest private operator in aged care in Australia.

In 2008 Robert was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for service to conservation and the environment, and awarded an Honorary Fellow from the University of Sydney.


The Fund is registered on the Register of Environmental Organisations and is a Deductible Gift Recipient (ABN 78 930 366 807).


Core Objectives

The Fund grants gifts (funds) to enable and empower others working towards environmental sustainability and preservation of biodiversity.

We aim to:

  • Act as a catalysts to change;
  • Fill gaps in effecting change;
  • Break down barriers to action;
  • support creation of new thinking and practice;
  • Provide bold leadreship; and,
  • Encourage participation of stakeholders.


Charitable Purpose

The charitable purposes of the Fund are as follows:

(a) to protect and enhance the natural environment;

(b) to enhance the protection of Australia's unique biodiversity for the benefit of future generations through the protection of native species and the ecological processes that support them, particularly in the primary production landscape;

(c) to provide information and education about the natural environment and to improve the Australian community's understanding of the urgent need for greater sustainability; and,

(d) to support scientific research and field projects that are aimed at supporting catalytic work to find solutions for important environmental issues that are not currently supported by environmental groups or government.