13/04/2022 - 12:30

Milestones marked at Fogarty Foundation

13/04/2022 - 12:30

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Hiring a new chief executive and partnering with Australia’s most academically prestigious university feature as key highlights in The Fogarty Foundation’s latest annual report.

Milestones marked at Fogarty Foundation
Annie Fogarty (right) chairs the foundation, with her daughter, Caitlyn, serving as executive director. Photo: Matt Jelonek

Hiring a new chief executive and partnering with Australia’s most academically prestigious university feature as key highlights in The Fogarty Foundation’s latest annual report.

Unaudited financial information provided in this year’s report notes outgoing donations remained stable in 2021 at about $500,000 per annum, with greater spending on education programs than on scholarships.

Program costs increased in tandem, resulting in an overall jump in year-on-year expenses from $2 million to $2.9 million.

Writing in the report’s introduction, foundation chair and founder Annie Fogarty noted significant achievements in 2021, including the foundation celebrating the 10th anniversary of its ‘EDvance’ program.

That program aids about 400 teachers and principals to make evidence-based decisions and strategic plans, with an estimated 57,000 students impacted as a result of that training.

“Enabling Western Australia’s potential through education continues to be at the heart of the Fogarty Foundation,” she wrote.

“Ever increasing disruption and change brings challenges and opportunities.

“For us to be part of the solution to the challenges and ensure a prosperous and equitable future, we need quality education that is future focussed.

“The better educated we are, the better the life opportunities for all.”

Elsewhere in the report, Mrs Fogarty noted two students per year on existing scholarships with University of Western Australia, dubbed 'UWA Fogarty Scholars', will also be eligible to receive a scholarship for postgraduate studies at Australian National University.

The foundation notes 61 students are currently at UWA on scholarships, with a further 151 having since completed their studies and graduated since the foundation's creation in the early 2000s.

Mrs Fogarty also noted a change in the foundation’s leadership structure with Megan Enders having joined as chief executive in February.

Ms Enders was a member of the foundation’s board of trustees from 2018 until January this year.

Prior to starting as chief executive in February, she served as chief operating officer at private aged care provider Bethanie after holding senior roles at North West Shelf Gas and Rio Tinto.

“She will now help lead the organisation into our next era,” Mrs Fogarty said.

Caitlyn Fogarty-Embley, who serves as executive director, praised Ms Ender’s approach to leadership, saying she would assist the foundation’s direction going forward.

“We are very fortunate that Megan will be leading our existing programs and looking at new ways the foundation can have impact,” she said.

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