Karen Kennedy

My passion is making the world a better place for those experiencing disadvantage by working in partnership with like-minded people and organisations to create lasting, positive change and impact. At SVA, I get to live this every day, working side-by-side with our supporters and the SVA team who are all equally as passionate about the role they play in supporting change.

Karen is the Director, Philanthropy and Partnerships at Social Ventures Australia (SVA). She works closely with our generous network of funders to ensure we have reliable and sustainable funding to support our activities and partnerships.

Karen has 10 years’ experience in the for-purpose sector, having led teams at Starlight Children’s Foundation, Foodbank Australia and Raise Foundation. Prior to this, she spent 15 years in the Technology Sector in both the U.K. and Australia, where she held multiple roles spanning Account Management, Solution Architecture, Strategic Change, Project and Resource Management.

Karen was a delegate of both the Fujitsu and Unisys Leadership Programs, has trained and volunteered as a youth mentor and volunteers her time coaching and managing her daughters’ netball teams.