Susan McKinnon Foundation

Susan McKinnon Foundation co-founder Grant Rule.

In an age of rapid-fire leadership changes and rising populist movements, there is a growing concern about the erosion of the public’s trust in governments and democratic institutions.

To improve the quality of Australia’s political leadership, in 2015 businessman Grant Rule and Sophie Oh established the Susan McKinnon Foundation. Its primary goal is to help the nation to build the long-term capacity needed to meet our social and economic challenges.

The three key focus areas for the foundation are obesity, international leadership and effective government, with the latter being the organisation’s main priority in terms of where it currently invests its resources.

Susan McKinnon Foundation director Sam Mellett says the foundation is non-partisan and non-ideological, built around a core belief that “the role that government and politics plays in our society has a major impact”.

The foundation was funded through the proceeds and success of Rule’s business MessageMedia, which he set up around 17 years ago with the intent of generating money to give back and make a difference, and named after Rule’s mother…

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