This year Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation pays a special tribute to former Chair, the late Mr J. G. M. Moffatt AM for his dedicated service to the Foundation over the past 33 years.
Mr Moffatt joined the Board in 1990 and became Chair in 1998, retiring from the Board in 2001, and continues to be a dedicated donor and friend to the Foundation. Mr Moffatt with Board member Mr Royce Pepin in 2001 and then with former staff member of 42 years Mrs Robyn Stanton and Mr Royce Pepin at the Official Centenary Reception at Government House 2023.
The Foundation’s CEO Dr Catherine Brown OAM says, “On behalf of the Board and staff at Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation I would like to express our immense gratitude to Mr Moffatt for his leadership, support, and personal commitment to improving the health and wellbeing of Greater Melbourne through our community philanthropy. Mr Moffatt and his Board colleagues were essential to receiving the Foote bequest.”
Mr Moffatt Launching the 1997 Give to One and Help Many campaign with Lord Mayor Ivan Deveson.
Over his lifetime, Mr Moffatt was committed to the important role philanthropy plays in creating community change. In his role as Chair, he commented in the 1999 Annual Report, “The reality of life is that the support the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Fund provides to help those in need becomes more vital as each year goes by.”
Mr Moffatt’s incredibly generous centenary gift, marking the Foundation’s 100 years of impact, was deeply appreciated by the Foundation. “Gifts like this are vital to continuing the Foundation’s work as we strive for impact on the most pressing issues of our time”, says Catherine.
For over a decade, Mr Moffatt worked tirelessly to uphold the Foundation’s strategic direction to provide grants to the not-for-profit sector, promote the right of citizens to participate in philanthropy, stimulate a community conscience in support of health and welfare, and provide excellence in service to donors, beneficiary organisations, and to the community at large.
During this time on the Board Mr Moffatt demonstrated how caring and working purposefully together makes a difference. In 2000, Mr Moffatt was made a Member of the Order of Australia for services to the community in the Australia Day Honours.
“Mr Moffatt has been a major force in the philanthropic life of Greater Melbourne and we are very grateful for his ongoing support and to have been part of his philanthropy."