Karen Locke

“It is astounding and unacceptable that so many Australians live without access to the basic things that most of us enjoy; the things that enable us to be the best we can be. I feel so privileged to have the opportunity to contribute to making a difference to removing those barriers that prevent every fellow Australian enjoying these opportunities in life”.

Karen is a Senior Relationship Manager, Major Gifts in the Fundraising and Partnerships team at Social Ventures Australia.  She is passionate about connecting people with causes they care about and supporting the changes needed to provide people experiencing disadvantage with access to a better life.

Prior to joining SVA, Karen spent over five years in international development, heading up fundraising and communications at the Australian Himalayan Foundation. Before her move to the not-for-profit sector, Karen spent over 25 years in corporate financial services and wealth management with a focus on helping Australians achieve financial security.

Karen brings extensive experience in building strong relationships and engagement across multiple sectors and is a passionate fundraiser who has worked with a variety of stakeholders both locally and internationally. She is a former Board member of Tender Funerals Australia.