GENEVIEVE TIMMONS is the Philanthropic Executive of the Portland House Foundation, a private, family foundation based in Melbourne linked to commercial interests. Since her appointment in 2004, a strong grant making portfolio has been established consistent with the Foundation charter to assist people to move out of situations of disadvantage.
Genevieve is a Council member of Philanthropy Australia, a director of the George Hicks Foundation, an Advisory Group member of the Fellowship for Indigenous Leadership, and brings more than 30 years of experience in grant making and social investment. This experience includes management of the Lance Reichstein Foundation for 12 years, followed by 6 years as an international philanthropic consultant in Australia and New Zealand.
Genevieve delivered a comprehensive range of services in both countries through this consultancy, including design, implementation and review of contemporary grant making programs, matched with policy and research on emerging trends and global challenges in philanthropic grant making. More than 30 clients included community foundations, trusts, PAFS, government, corporate and private donors, plus the peak membership organisation Philanthropy New Zealand.
Genevieve has built a range of professional development materials for both Australia and New Zealand, culminating in her book “Savvy Giving: The Art and Science of Philanthropy”, commissioned by Australian Communities Foundation and published in 2012. In the last decade, Genevieve worked closely with state government as a member of the Victorian Advisory Council for the Community Support Fund, and the Government and Philanthropy Working Party which developed Principles for Collaboration between both sectors.
Previous board appointments include the Inner North Community Foundation (recent past Chair), Victorian Foundation for Survivors of Torture, and Reconciliation Victoria. High level peer networks are maintained as a Fellow of Leadership Victoria, as a Senior Fellow of the Johns Hopkins International Fellows in Philanthropy Program (USA), and in New Zealand with peer grant makers. In August 2017 Genevieve received an Honorary Doctorate from Swinburne University of Technology in recognition of her significant contribution to philanthropy.