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Charity is twice as sweet

Louise Walsh is an expert at donating money. While legions of financial managers know how best to invest, the skills of successful philanthropy are equally as complex and sophisticated. Yet the two disciplines have plenty in common as experienced donors employ specialist managers to achieve the best outcomes. Charities also need to be watched so they don’t slack off, and those that do can be ditched when they don’t perform. Knowing which charities to back is critical when the going gets tough.

“It’s easy to give it [money] away. But it’s not easy to give it away well,” says Walsh of her role as the head of two prominent social impact funds.

She handles donations now totalling $11 million each year as the chief executive of two ASX-listed managed funds, Future Generation Australia (FGX) and Future Generation Global (FGG). Fees voluntarily forgone

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