“The power balance that exists between those who have the money and those who need it is very real,” says Sean Barrett, CEO of the Origin Foundation.

“I think it’s important that you stay humble and be articulate in what you’re trying to achieve with your philanthropy.”

Barrett’s considerate approach to grant making has been shaped in no small part by his many years as a grant seeker. He knows how it feels to be on the other side of the fence.

“There’s so much great work being done but you just can’t fund it all,” he says.

“It’s heartbreaking sometimes, but the reality is that I say ‘no’ more than I say ‘yes’ and I think that makes it all the more important to articulate why you can’t fund it. At the Origin Foundation that means being very clear about the fact that we focus on specific areas and our judgements are based on them.

That funding focus—supporting education programs that break the cycle of disadvantage and help young Australians reach their…

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