About us

What we do

We collect small, regular donations to support small Australian and international charities. We pass on 100% of all donations go to the charities we support.

Our donors come from all walks of life — from established professionals, to students on government support. This is testament our accessibility as a microphilanthropy platform.

Image: SisterWorks empowering women in Melbourne (source: https://meshellaurie.com/)

We're a microphilanthropy platform.

Until recently, philanthropy has been the exclusive domain of the rich. Modern technology is quickly lowering barriers to philanthropy, allowing individuals to give together from all around the world.

This movement is called microphilanthropy. It enables us to help vulnerable members of the community with a very small investment.

Who we are

Board of Directors

Our Board of Directors are involved in the day-to-day management and decision making of Donate a Dollar a Week. Our directors bring diverse and extensive experience to ensure that our funds are managed and invested to maximise social impact.

Milo Goldacre, Chair

Milo has a wealth of experience in the legal, government, and financial services industries, having held roles with the Commonwealth Superannuation Corporation, Gilbert + Tobin, and the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet. He has a record of community leadership, and has previously worked with organisations in mental health, sexual violence, educational disadvantage and Indigenous issues. Milo holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) and a Bachelor of Politics, Philosophy and Economics from the Australian National University.

Declan Norrie, Deputy Chair

Declan is an experienced lawyer, commercial advisor and management consultant providing services to federal, state, and territory government agencies. He has an in-depth understanding of the not-for-profit sector, having created and sustained his current employer's corporate social responsibility and pro bono program, and brings deep experience advising not-for-profits on legal, commercial and governance-related matters. He is passionate about maximising positive impacts of community initiatives and believes strong governance is the biggest contributing factor to sustained success in making the world a better place through the NFP sector.

Charlie Bell, Treasurer

Charlie's skills and expertise lies within accounting, finance and developing business operating models. He is a Senior Consultant at EY, working to optimise clients' finance function and is expected to be a qualified Chartered Accountant by October 2020. Charlie's interests outside the office are varied. He has volunteered through tutoring, overseas and in Melbourne for children from refugee backgrounds. He has a passion for effective altruism and contributing to enable personal empowerment in others. Charlie is well motivated as a member of our Board.

Sam Saunders, Secretary

Sam is a solicitor at Herbert Smith Freehills in Sydney. He has held previous roles at the NSW Court of Appeal as an Associate (Tipstaff), the Department of the Treasury and the Commonwealth Superannuation Corporation. He is dedicated to giving back to the Australian community. In his capacity as a solicitor, Sam has extensive pro bono experience with clients from a diverse range of backgrounds. He is excited about the prospect of developing Donate a Dollar a Week and, as its Secretary, ensuring its continued compliance with Australian charities law and regulations. He graduated as a Tuckwell Scholar from the Australian National University with a Bachelor of Laws (First Class Honours) and a Bachelor of Economics.

Phil Garbut, Founder

Phil Garbut comes from a background in Human Resource Management, Facilities Management, Property Development and Investment. Following Phil's retirement, and drawing upon Phil's passion for social justice, Phil began Donate a Dollar a Week in late 2013, which quickly developed into an ongoing program. He believes in the power of giving, and wanted to make it possible for people from all income levels to be involved in philanthropy. From a commitment to contribute a small portion of their loose change, a real difference can be made for those in need.

Rosemary Olton

Rosemary brings essential administrative experience to the Board, having worked for twenty years in the TAFE/University sector. Post-retirement, Rosemary worked part time as a consultant in the Facility Management area undertaking a wide range of activities but primarily assisting in the implementation of electronic Management systems. Rosemary has 25 years' experience as an active property investor, playing a significant role in the refurbishment of properties and the ongoing rental management of their property portfolio.

Faik Demir

Faik is a marketing and fundraising specialist with more than 8 years' experience in the not-for-profit sector. Faik is passionate about creating change for disadvantaged groups. This has involved working on fundraising campaigns which support people living with blood cancer, low vision & blindness, hearing loss, poverty and financial hardship. Faik holds a Master of Communication in Professional Writing & Bachelor of Arts from Deakin University.