THE Moriah Foundation has launched The Moriah Foundation Trusted Advisors Network (MFTAN) in the presence of the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of NSW, the Honourable Andrew Bell.
Around 50 practitioners including lawyers, accountants and financial advisers attended the inaugural luncheon, hosted by Moriah’s long-standing corporate sponsor, the Commonwealth Bank of Australia.
The MFTAN was established to raise awareness among practitioners about the needs of Moriah College and to share information about Moriah’s planned giving opportunities.
Foundation president Judy Lowy said, “Launching The Moriah Foundation Trusted Advisors Network is a very important step forward for our foundation. Our community and our donors often aren’t aware enough that we need significant investment in Moriah and in our Moriah families to ensure that we continue to be both competitive and sustainable.
“We welcome the opportunity to stay in touch with trusted advisers about the important work of our foundation.”
Bell delivered his keynote address on “The Importance of Institutions in our Modern Society”.
Speaking of his belief that public, cultural and educational institutions play a critical role in society and community, and his admiration for those who work to maintain their health and to secure their future, he said, “Stable, progressive and civic institutions such as schools, which teach history, ethics and social responsibility, are more important now than ever.
“They have the profoundly important opportunity and responsibility of educating future generations … not just in the core curriculum, but in values of decency, empathy and compassion, civic responsibility and community.”
Reflecting on the eroding trust in institutions, Bell noted, “Although institutions should not be immune from criticism or critical review, the work of institutions and the values for which such public institutions stand should be respected and indeed celebrated, rather than corroded.”
Moriah Life Patron, and Justice of the Supreme Court, the Honourable Justice Stephen Rothman, explored a number of topics in conversation with Bell.
They discussed the greater degree of diversity now prevalent in the courts and its impact on the court’s integrity; the growing levels of mistrust in the US, and the manner in which judges are appointed; the manner in which judges are appointed in Australia, and on a more personal note, how Bell copes with his extraordinary workload.
The MFTAN will continue to host events to engage with the Moriah Foundation, connect with other practitioners, and hear from industry leaders.