From breaking world speed sailing records to reaching soaring investment banking heights, to taking out the country's most prestigious award earlier this year ... Simon McKeon has accomplished many remarkable feats in his 55 years.

However it is his role as a benefactor and nonprofit leader that has given him the greatest fulfilment. The turning point came in 1994 when he decided to spend more of his time in the community sector.

He transitioned into a part-time position as executive chairman of Macquarie Group's Melbourne office, allowing him to spend more time in the nonprofit world, including directorships with organisations like MS Research Australia, World Vision and Red Dust Role Models. Here he explores his interest and involvement in philanthropy.

Gen: How and why did you get involved with the nonprofit sector?

SM: It's a story that goes back to my childhood. My parents were involved in various community organisations and they seemed to have a lot of fun doing it - in fact the social aspects of life often revolved around similar people…

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