About The Jane Goodall Institute Australia

The Jane Goodall Institute Australia (JGIA) was founded in 2007 and is an Australian non-profit and registered environmental organisation.
Our Philosophy is centered on the interconnectedness of Animals, People and the Environment (APE) and our Purpose is to
“inspire actions that connect people with animals and our shared environment”.

Our Purpose

The Jane Goodall Institute Australia (JGIA) was founded in 2007 and is an Australian non-profit and registered environmental organisation.

Our Philosophy is centered on the inter-connectedness of Animals, People and the Environment (APE) and our Purpose is to “inspire actions that connect people with animals and our shared environment.

Our History

Dr Jane Goodall DBE, world-renowned primatologist, ethologist, humanitarian, conservationist and UN Messenger of Peace, founded the Jane Goodall Institute in 1977. We now have offices in 35 countries around the world.

Our Impact

We work to promote the conservation of chimpanzees and other great apes (as our closest living relatives in the animal kingdom) and, through our Roots & Shoots (R&S) program, aim to empower the next generation to be socially and environmentally conscious citizens of our shared planet.

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Our Programs

At JGIA we have two main programs that we support and fund.

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Our Roots & Shoots Program empowers young Australians and equips them with the tools, motivation and support they need to address the problems that matter most to them. We create an ever expanding network of Australians, connected with their global counterparts, who are inspired to be change-making global citizens. Our Roots & Shoots members can apply for a mini grant to fund their projects.

Our Africa Programs conserve and protect chimpanzees, natural habitat and surrounding communities in Africa. Our community centered conservation programs include a range of activities from basic needs such as education, health and water sanitation to park rangers who protect animals from poachers. We also support chimpanzee sanctuaries which provide a lifelong home for orphaned animals.

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The Jane Goodall Institute Australia constantly strives to improve the world around us for both humans and animals.

Our Team

Everything we do is in support of our philosophy of connecting Animals, People and the Environment.

James Forbes
Interim CEO

“James Forbes has more than 10 years experience working in senior management roles at WWF and the Nature Conservation Trust – both well established and successful wildlife and environmental not for profit organisations. He was most recently the Advancement Director at the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation. James has qualifications in marketing, communications and leadership. In 2016, James was a finalist in the CEO Magazine’s Executive of the Year award for the not for profit category.”

Srima McQuillan

"I feel privileged to work for JGIA where I am a part of an amazing community of volunteers and staff who are all dedicated to making a better future."

Natasha Coutts
Africa Programs, Phone Recycling & Palm Oil Campaign Coordinator

“JGIA actively supports and embodies many of the ideals that I aim to live by: care, compassion, understanding and preservation of all people, animals and the environment.”

David Rak
Finance Manager

Working for JGIA is a privilege. You cannot help but be anything other than totally impressed by Jane Goodall, the humanitarian and by the great work she has achieved over many years in conservation and primatology. Yet, Jane is still such a humble person. As she said........"Here I am an ordinary person doing what I always wanted to do"

Margaret Morton
Roots & Shoots General Manager

"Realising that the actions and educated changes in human behaviour is the key to solving current global issues, I am proud to have joined the Jane Goodall Institute Australia Team and in Particular the Roots and Shoots program. I am honoured to be part of the solution for the survival of people, animals and the earth. The actions that our Roots and Shoots volunteers are undertaking every day inspires me to join and serve them. I feel blessed and privileged to be able to make my lifelong passion my daily purpose. "

Keely Boston-Budd
National Roots & Shoots Coordinator

"Roots and Shoots is an amazing program that connects like minded youth so that they can strive to make a difference in the world. I have always had a strong passion for Animals, People and the Environment. I want to be part of a global family that makes a difference"

Bill Waterer
National Roots & Shoots Coordinator

"Since Dr Jane asked me to get involved in Roots and Shoots in 2006 I have been inspired by her leadership and the enthusiasm of my volunteers and the students of every group we have formed. It has been my privilege to work with some wonderful people."

Jessica Pinder
National Youth Leadership Council Coordinator

Asitha Samarawickrama
National Youth Leadership Council Coordinator

"Volunteering with the JGIA family has given me the opportunity to meet and work with like minded people, who are all doing their little bit to make the world a better place for animals, people and the environment."

Polly Cevallos
Global Board Director

Claire Strohfeldt
Supporter Relations Coordinator

Debby Veldstra
Technical Advisor

“I volunteer for JGIA because I believe in making a difference. JGIA’S APE philosophy combines the importance of animals, people and the environment. By focusing on these three areas, JGIA provides a holistic view of the future.”

Our Board

Nancy Moloney (Maternity Leave)

Simon Duffy

Michelle Shepherd
Media Manager/Director

Anna Chung

Amelia Swan

Zara Bending

Anne-Marie Curry

Financial Info

View our annual report for 2017.

View our annual report for 2016.

View our annual report for 2015.