AMERICAN AUSTRALIAN ASSOCIATION INC

Building Strategic Alliances

aka AAA   |   New York, NY   |  www.americanaustralian.org

Mission

Established by Sir Keith Murdoch in New York City in 1948, the American Australian Association (AAA) is the leading privately funded nonprofit organization dedicated to deepening and strengthening cooperation and understanding between the institutions and people of the United States and Australia. For over 70 years the AAA has provided an important forum for exchange between political and business leaders while showcasing the depth of our countries’ partnership. Since 2002, the Association’s philanthropic scholarship and grant programs have awarded almost US$13 million to over 900 graduates, veterans and artists – further advancing the careers of the next generation of leaders and developing international networks and generating solutions that address the global issues of our time.

Ruling year info

1996

President

Ambassador John Berry

Main address

50 Broadway Suite 2003

New York, NY 10004 USA

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EIN

13-6151807

NTEE code info

International, Foreign Affairs, and National Security N.E.C. (Q99)

Promotion of International Understanding (Q20)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (Q05)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Over the last 30 years, many studies have been completed by various organizations and Government departments on the need for a home for the American Australian community in New York City. In London, the historical Australia House does just this, but the same home has never been established in New York. In 2022, the American Australian Association plans to address this issue by opening a new front facing office space in the heart of New York City to provide a home to this vibrant community who has a large presence in the city. The new space will allow for visitors and those who reside in New York to have a home where they can connect over lectures, performances, gallery viewings and business discussions. The Association anticipates the space being the go-to touch down point for the next generation of businesses trying to launch in the United States and a place to showcase the huge investments of Australians in the United States.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Business, Innovation & Regional Programs

The AAA strives to strengthen the business and innovation relationship between Australia and the United States by promoting dialogue, cooperation, economic growth and cultural understanding. The AAA is dedicated to providing high level policy discussions and business events, virtually and throughout the United States, that nurture the entrepreneurial and innovative spirit that resides in our human capital. From infrastructure to outer space, AAA members have the opportunity to engage with each other and industry leaders on a wide range of issues affecting the wider American-Australian relationship.

Through a series of events ranging from social & cultural gatherings, Business Roundtables, Webinars and Benefit Fundraisers, corporate members, individual members and the local community are encouraged to engage with the Association and its’ members while highlighting American and Australian leaders and their achievements.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Artists and performers
Veterans
Indigenous peoples
Academics

The American Australian Association (AAA) established its Graduate Education Fund in 2002 to provide much needed financial support and assistance to American and Australian individuals to undertake innovative and transformational Masters, Ph.D. or Postdoctoral study and research in each other’s countries respectively. With more than 300 Graduate Education scholars and alumni and over US $9 million awarded to date, the AAA is committed to helping advance graduate education, in order to enable our countries most valuable resource – human capital – to unlock creative new solutions to global challenges and improve the quality of life for all citizens.

The Graduate Education Fund provides support of up to US $40,000 to Australian, Indigenous Australian, American and Native American individuals undertaking or planning to undertake full-time Graduate level study (Masters, Ph.D. or Postdoctoral Research) at an accredited educational institution in the country of the other, for a minimum of one-year. Scholarships are awarded in the fields of science, technology, engineering, mathematics, health, medicine, journalism and sustainability.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Indigenous peoples
Academics
Artists and performers
Veterans

The American Australian Association (AAA) established its Veterans’ Fund in 2017 to provide much needed financial support and assistance to Australian and American honorably discharged veterans to pursue study in each other’s countries respectively. With more than 40 veteran scholars and alumni and over US $1.5 million awarded to date, the AAA is committed to investing in the future of veterans by supporting educational opportunities which build new skills and create prosperous post-military careers.

The Veterans’ Fund provides support of up to US $40,000 to Australian and American Veterans undertaking or planning to undertake full-time Undergraduate or Graduate level study in any disciplinary field, at an accredited educational institution in the country of the other, for a minimum of one-year.

Population(s) Served
Military personnel

The American Australian Association (AAA) established its Arts Fund (formerly the Dame Joan Sutherland Fund) in 2002 to support American and Australian emerging or early career artists to study or undertake artistic development in each other’s countries respectively. With more than 500 scholars and alumni and over US $1 million invested to date, the AAA is committed to fostering artistic achievement in current and future generations by enabling talented artists to pursue their creative dreams overseas.

The Arts Fund provides support to Australian, Indigenous Australian, American and Native American emerging or early career artists undertaking or planning to undertake artistic development in the country of the other. These scholarships and grants support artists in the fields of theatre, film, television, dance, music, visual arts, design, literature, photography and fashion.

Population(s) Served
Veterans
Academics
Adults
Indigenous peoples
Veterans
Academics
Adults
Indigenous peoples
Artists and performers

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

G'Day USA 2004

AWNY - Australian Women in NY 1999

USSC - United States Studies Centre 2007

Perth USAsia Centre 2012

AAA Limited 2006

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total Number of attendees at webinars

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Indigenous peoples, Veterans, Artists and performers, Researchers, Students

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our webinars address a range of topics, from science and innovation to business, technology, government affairs and the arts.

Number of scholarships given to Post Graduate Scholars & Researchers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Graduate Education Fund

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of scholarships given to Veterans

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Veterans' Fund

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of scholarships given to artists/performers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Arts Fund

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Funds raised for (Or groups assisted) Natural Disaster relief in Australia

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The American Australian Association has a goal to become the largest privately funded education scholarship provider between Australia and the United States.

The Association also aims to continue to grow and diversify it's corporate membership program by actively sourcing companies in new and innovative industries. The Board of the Association has committed to the Panel Pledge, making the commitment to continue to fight for equal gender representation on panels, and making a dedicated effort in Association events to represent this commitment.

Furthermore, the Association has a goal of moving to a new office space in 2022, with the aim of creating a home for all in the American Australian community in New York City. This new space will give the Association an front of house space which would allow for growth in the number of events provided to members annually which will include Educational, Artistic, and Diplomatic opportunities as well as creating a space for visiting scholars, fellows, artists and entrepreneurs to work through the proposed innovation incubator space and art gallery. In conjunction with moving to its new home and looking to the future, the Association will develop and implement new ESG initiatives.

Finally, the Association seeks to continue advancing opportunities for Indigenous Australians and Native Americans while actively engaging with relevant communities and supporting education and exchange opportunities in each others countries.

The Association aims to double the amount of scholarships and educational events over the next 5 years, increasing the growth and support of Americans and Australians in the fields of Graduate Education, Veterans' and the Arts, while actively supporting the Indigenous people in both nations through higher education. We will do this through increased awareness of our programming through promotion, outreach and recommendations through our growing alumni network.

By diversifying our corporate membership, the Association will be able to reach new fundraising sources in a variety of new and emerging sectors. The Association plans to continue building relationships with other like-minded organizations to allow for partnership opportunities which will also help in achieving this goal.

The Association plans to increase staffing to support these goals and provide additional resources to support the strategies. This will also be made further possible with investment into the new office space for the Association, which will allow us to have more flexibility in the types of educational, artistic, business and networking events that we hold, whilst also creating a space to create new relationships.

Since 2002, the American Australian Association has provided over US$13million in scholarships to support over 900 American and Australian graduates, veterans and artists.

The Board of Directors has committed to equal representation and has successfully managed board members to reflect equal gender representation.

The Association has hosted every sitting Prime Minister and President since it's inception in 1948.

Committed to supporting those in great need, in 2020 the Association raised over US$2million for fire relief which was sent to Australia in its entirety, to support with recovery efforts from bushfires that devastated Australia in the Summer of 2020. This was the most recent of many prior disaster relief efforts over multiple years.

In 2021, the Association formally adopted G'Day USA, Australia's premier public diplomacy program to promote Australia in the United States.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    The American Australian community

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    The Association has implemented an Indigenous education program to help support Indigenous and Native Americans through our Education, Veterans and Arts Programs. This program continues to grow.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    It creates a relationship with our partners built on trust and a respectful open dialogue.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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AMERICAN AUSTRALIAN ASSOCIATION INC

Board of directors
as of 12/15/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr Craig Chapman

Sidley Austin LLP

Term: 2019 -

Craig Chapman

Sidley Austin LLP

Jennifer Nason

J.P. Morgan

Melissa Babbage

Swiss Re America

Sara McKerihan

Citigroup

Charles Grant

Lexington Partners

Rich Rauchenberger

National Australia Bank

Todd Malan

Rio Tinto

Stephen Thompson

Qantas

Samantha Schoen

Morgan Stanley

Tracey Fellows

News Corporation

Dave Perry

Northrop Grumman Corporation

Tania Yuki

Shareablee

David LaRose

IBM

Denis Hickey

Lendlease

Sarah Beshar

Invesco Ltd/Davis Polk

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 07/08/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 07/08/2021

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Data
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.