Strong start for new Future2 Foundation Chair
Petra Churcher AFP® elevated to philanthropic leadership role
The Future2 Foundation welcomes its new Chair, Ms Petra Churcher, AFP® to lead the philanthropic arm of the Financial Planning Association of Australia (FPA) into the next chapter of its work helping disadvantaged young Australians.
More than $1 million has been contributed by the Future2 Foundation, to benefit disadvantaged young people across Australia since its inception 11 years ago. The milestone was achieved earlier this month by awarding $181,000 in new grants to 19 not-for-profit organisations in 2018, including special drought relief grants for struggling farming communities.
Ms Churcher was a strong contributor to those efforts having led the fundraising for Future2 in South Australia over many years. She was previously Chair of the SA Chapter of the FPA, as well as a member of the Regional Chapter Committee. She was a Future2 Ambassador before being first appointed to the Future2 Board in 2016.
Her appointment as Chair was announced to FPA members today, ahead of her predecessor’s term expiring next month.
“Petra is the current Chair of the Grants Committee for Future2 and has been tireless in her efforts to continually improve the grants process over the last couple of years. Petra is also a member of the Future2 Investment Committee, so together with her own volunteer and fundraising efforts, has a unique 360-degree view she brings to this leadership role,” says FPA CEO Dante De Gori CFP®.
“The work of Future2 reaches into homes all across Australia and touches the lives of young people facing really challenging times. The work extends beyond any one person, but we’re thrilled to elevate Petra as Chair of the Future2 Foundation to play her part in advancing its vision,” he says.
Ms Churcher is a member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the FPA. She was General Manager of ipac South Australia until July 2017.