Environmental NGOs Capacity Building

WWF New Zealand


The Purves Environmental Fund provided funds to WWF-New Zealand for a five year supporter acquisition program. The investment enabled WWF-New Zealand to substantially grow the scale and effectiveness of conservation programmes. In 2011 a new agreement was reached with a commitment to re-invest the Fund's donation into WWF-New Zealand fundraising activities until 2015.


Sustainable Business Australia


SBA is the peak industry body for the environmental business sector in Australia and focuses on advocating, educating, and incubating the business role in the green economy that drive economic prosperity and environmental and social resilience. Robert Purves has been a Director of SBA since February 2005 and Chairman since November 2005.

The Purves Environmental Fund supports SBA through Benefactor Membership. SBA has a broad membership base including some of Australia's largest companies. In addition to membership, the Fund has provided support to SBA's educational and awareness-raising activities. It also provided funds to assit SBA in employing a Chief Operating Officer tasked with building SBA's capacity.


Environment Centre Northern Territory


The ECNT is the peak non-government environment organisation in the Northern Territory and works to improve environmental protection and management throughout the Territory. The Purves Environmental Fund has supported the ECNT to build its profile and effectiveness through a series of initiatives aimed at reaching out to new sections of the Northern Territory community. It has also supported the appointment of a fundraiser to help increase and diversify income, establish a self-funding mechanism, and help staff further embed fundraising into their campaigns, programs and communications.


1 Million Women


1 Million Women (1MW) is a national campaign of women and girls getting on with climate action. Launched in 2009, 1MW's founding goal is to engage one million female Australians to collectively cut 1 million tonnes of CO2 pollution. The Fund has been providing financial support to 1MW to assist in the establishment of a sustainable fundraising base that will secure its work into the future.




The Fund supported Earthwatch to develop and implement volunteer and donor acquisition programs through funding the production of a suite of promotional materials. Earthwatch are an international not-for-profit organisation committed to promoting the understanding and action for a sustainable environment. Their projects involve people in science-based, on-the-ground research projects and experiential education to build a global network of people who are informed and inspired to take action.