Reichstein Foundation is a family foundation established by Lance Reichstein in 1970.
The Foundation is committed to making philanthropy more accessible and responsive to the most disadvantaged members of our community.
John Spierings appointed to lead the Reichstein Foundation
The Reichstein Foundation is thrilled to announce that John Spierings has been appointed as our new Executive Officer.
John comes to the Foundation with extensive experience as a senior adviser in the Office of the Prime Minister, Julia Gillard. He currently has responsibility for higher education, industry, innovation, science, research and employment policy issues in the Office.
He worked as a researcher and policy advocate in education and training with the Dusseldorp Skills Forum for over a decade prior to joining the Gillard office in 2008.
John has a PhD in Australian economic history, focused on business management in Australia between the wars. He has previously worked at Adelaide, Monash and Melbourne universities.
He was a Councillor at the City of St Kilda between 1990 and 1994, being Mayor in 1992-93. He has a long standing interest in social justice, community development and social policy issues.
Jill Reichstein, Chair of the Foundation, said: “We are delighted that John has accepted our offer to lead the Foundation. John has an extensive background in social justice and we look forward to working with him to grow the Foundation’s vision of social justice philanthropy.”
John will take up the appointment in March 2013.
Reichstein Foundation’s vision is for a just and sustainable society that celebrates diversity and mutual respect for all peoples. The Foundation is committed to the elimination of discrimination and oppression based on gender, race, class, sexual orientation, disability or age and to restoring the health of the planet for future generations.
The Foundation’s mission is change not charity. We support projects and organisations that empower people to challenge the policies, institutions and attitudes that foster inequality. We also support work for a sustainable future. Our grant programs work for social change to create an equitable distribution of wealth and power and a healthy and sustainable environment. We seek to inspire others to work with us to grow social change philanthropy.
Changes to Our Grant Making
Reichstein Foundation is not currently accepting applications. Please do not send applications or proposals as we are not able to respond to them.We are returning to open granting in 2013 and look forward to providing full details of how and when organisations can apply on this website in the next few months.
Last update 26 January 2013.