When he began as an employee at RMIT, Dr Gavin Moodie knew he wanted to support the University's social entrepreneurship program on a regular basis.
Donations appear to have considerable impact because they augment the substantial amount of time that students invest in each project."
Social Entrepreneurship at RMIT provides core funding to selected projects in the Student Entrepreneurship, Education and Development in Society (SEEDS) program. In the SEEDS program, students and alumni volunteer domestically and overseas, using their professional skills to change individual lives and community outcomes for the better.
SEEDS combines the key elements of innovation, sustainability and business-like approaches to addressing serious difficulties or disadvantages within the community. It facilitates the development of projects and activities by enabling students to have access to advice, skills development and funding support.
Dr Moodie was inspired by the program, seeing it as a vehicle for contribution both to society's enhancement and to students' learning.
"The SEEDS program funds projects led by students to address challenges in the community - whether economic, human or environmental," he said. "Donations appear to have considerable impact because they augment the substantial amount of time that students invest in each project."
Dr Moodie has a firm philosophy about the responsibilities of people in developed countries who are in a position to offer support to poorer communities. "Australia is the 19th wealthiest country in the world, and the eighth wealthiest with a population of more than one million," he points out.
"In particular, those with above average incomes in a country as wealthy as Australia have an obligation to contribute substantially to the welfare of those less fortunate. Most of us in the education sector are paid very well compared to average incomes in Australia, and receive far higher incomes than people in other countries."