The Thrifty Philanthropist

The Thrifty Philanthropist is a website all about giving for a richer life. It is for anybody who wants to make the world a better place. Learn different ways to contribute to causes that are close to your heart without breaking the bank.

You might be passionate about the environment, human rights, animals or those less fortunate. There are so many ways that you can show you care and make a real difference.

Get inspiration from interviews with people who are doing their bit to give back. Learn about small changes you can make in your everyday life for the greater good. Discover how you can use your voice, time, skills, and money (wisely) to have a positive impact on the world.

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Erin Davidson

About me – Erin Davidson

I am a Melbourne-based writer who works in fundraising. I’m also a volunteer member of the Beyond Blue Speakers Bureau. I share my story to raise awareness and understanding of anxiety and depression in Australia and to reduce the associated stigma.

Other volunteering experiences have seen me do everything from cleaning up popcorn at a film festival to presenting gold medals on international television.

I have learnt the pros and cons of different community fundraising activities as part of charity challenges to Everest Base Camp and Mt Kilimanjaro.

I aim to encourage people to embrace the joy of giving and discover how it can lead to a richer life.

In 2018, I became an actual philanthropist by establishing The Illuminate Fund. The aim of the fund is to help health-based charities improve their environmental sustainability.

I recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as the First Nations Peoples of Australia and acknowledge and pay my respects to the past, present and emerging Traditional Custodians of the land on which we live and work and recognise their connection to country, community and culture.