The Ian Potter Foundation
Closing dates: Thursday 1st April 2021, 4:59pm AEST
Contact for further information: Squirrel Main -

The Ian Potter Foundation is a major Australian philanthropic foundation that supports and promotes excellence and innovation. Since 1964, The Ian Potter Foundation has contributed over $325 million to thousands of projects that respond decisively to key issues and develop our creativity and capacity as a nation.

Based in Melbourne, the Foundation grants nationally to support charitable organisations across four pillars:

  • Vibrant (arts)
  • Fair (e.g. employment for marginalised youth/people with disabilities and early childhood development)
  • Sustainable (biodiversity, land and water management)
  • Healthy (population-level health research and medical research equipment)

To learn more about the Foundation’s work please refer to our website: 

While each program area has its own grant-making priorities and objectives, the Foundation’s general principles are to fund prevention rather than cure, and to support and encourage excellence. We also look for innovative solutions and ideas and assess the long-term sustainability of the projects we support.

As such, many of the projects that we fund are evaluated, and often grantees approach us enquiring for evaluators. To this end, we are issuing our annual call for evaluators interested in being listed in The Ian Potter Foundation’s Evaluator Pool (TIPFEP). We use TIPFEP to recommend evaluators to our grantees with the objective of producing high-quality evaluation reports that will lead to projects leveraging ongoing funding (from government, social enterprise or other foundations). While we welcome applications across all our areas, current needs are particularly high for Indigenous-led evaluations.

Ultimately, we may ask grantees to use only TIPFEP evaluators, but at this point we simply wish to be able to make recommendations.
To select TIPFEP evaluators, we use the following rubric to grade the submissions (see attached)

To apply:

If you are interested in being a member of TIPFEP, please send in the following:

  1. Your CV/website link
  2. A sample of your work:


  • Experience writing for Government (state/commonwealth) audiences
  • Error-free, clear writing
  • Financial/economic/SROI skills (can be subcontracted)


  • Sample clearly meets Level 2 on NESTA evidence standards, and ideally Level 3
  • Example of capacity building
  • Evidence of racial equity (e.g. in terms of staffing, mentoring)
  1. Home office location. Please include your interest in accepting interstate jobs.
  2. Your general availability in 2021-2022
  3. Your fee range. Please select at least one of the three options listed at the end of the attached Further Information document.

Material should be sent to Squirrel Main at . Please be aware that (unless specifically noted as confidential) your work samples/CV may be shared with grantees and other foundation staff who use TIPFEP.

If you are already on TIPFEP, you will receive a proforma email enquiring about your interest in re-applying. As the quality of applications improves from year to year, prior applications will be re-assessed against the current submissions.

Deadline Thursday, 1 April 2021, 4:59pm AEST (please note our server allows emails up to a maximum of 10Mb. Dropbox is an option). This is a hard deadline.

The 2021 TIPFEP list will be announced by 3 June 2021. Limited feedback may be provided upon request, and evaluators whose work is not chosen in 2021 are welcome to re-apply with new material in subsequent years.

Further Information

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