About

The Foundation was established by Betty in 2014 to ensure that her support of people and community could continue long after she had passed.

Betty’s approach to philanthropy was rare. She gave not only financial support but also generously gifted her time, wisdom and energy. She took the time to have real conversations with people, with a genuine interest in their lives, and relished championing ideas, causes and talent for the greater good. Everyone who knew her took comfort in knowing they had a true ally in their corner; a mentor, a friend and a vociferous cheerleader all-in-one. Her commitment to the people and causes she supported was deeply personal and her optimism and profound love of humanity was endlessly inspiring. Miss Betty was one of a kind.

The three key areas of focus for the Foundation are:

  1. Fostering community spirit through the arts.
  2. Improving the lives of children and young people (aged between 10 and 40 years).
  3. Encouraging leadership development and personal growth for people working in the non-profit sector.

FRANKIE AIREY

Chair

For over 30 years Frankie has worked in or consulted to the non-profit sector – both in Australia and in the UK. She is a passionate advocate for cultivating a stronger culture of giving in Australia and is committed to re-defining the sector’s approach to fundraising as a professional discipline. Frankie has served on several Boards in the sector and is currently a Trustee of the Victorian Arts Centre Trust (Arts Centre Melbourne).

VEDRAN DRAKULIC OAM

Vedran has worked in marketing, communications and development for leading organisations in the corporate and non-profit sectors. He is the CEO of Gandel Philanthropy, one of the largest private family foundations in Australia, a non-executive director of AMES and an active presenter and commentator on best-practice philanthropy in Australia.

RACHAEL GRABOVIC

Rachael Grabovic is an accredited Wills & Estates specialist with extensive experience as a lawyer in the areas of wills, estate planning, trusts and estate litigation.  Rachael is the current chair of the Society of Trust and Estate Practitioners (STEP) Victoria and a Director of STEP Australia.

MARK KIRKBY

Mark Kirkby is a chartered accountant with extensive commercial and financial management experience working across multiple industry sectors in Australia and offshore. Mark is currently the Commercial Director of PGA Management Pty Ltd, a private family group with business interests in listed equities, investment properties and commercial enterprise.