Philip Wollen

We are elated to announce that Philip Wollen, well-known Australian philanthropist who has donated millions to improving the environment and helping the powerless — children, animals and the terminally ill — around the world, has joined our team as "Patron of Monkey Helpline". 


By making use of his resources and considerable experience in assisting NGO's in gaining access to potential donors, funders and internationally well-placed people of influence, Philip will  publicise and promote our organisation's existence, work, mission and needs. Philip, who has strong links to the marine conservation activist organisation, Sea Shepherd, has already demonstrated his commitment to Monkey Helpline with a very generous donation from his Constance Winsome Kindness Trust. Welcome to our team, Philip!!!



Philip Wollen at 34 was Vice-President of Citibank. The Financial Press named him in the “Top 40 Brightest and Best” executives in Australia.  During his travels, by age 40 he’d witnessed cruelty so shocking that he decided to do all he could to alleviate suffering, and give away everything he owned, "with warm hands, and die broke". Famously he jokes, “So far, we are right on budget!”


Today, he is a “Venture Capitalist for Good Causes”, supporting some 500 mission-critical projects for children, animals and the environment in more than 40 countries.


Promoting “Ahimsa” (non-violence) and Veganism is his main interest.


In an announcement by the National Australia Day Council, Canberra 2007, the question was asked, "Who is Philip Wollen, the philanthropic humanitarian?". 


Through his kindness and generosity, Philip Wollen brings crucial help to many charitable causes and inspires others to share his humanitarian values and ideals. His achievements in the business world mark him as a man of action and he channels this energy into practical outcomes for the causes he champions through the Winsome Constance Kindness Trust.  Philip promotes kindness towards all other living beings and strives to enshrine this as a recognisable trait in the Australian character and culture. The measure of his support can be seen in the extraordinary list of organisations the Winsome Constance Kindness Trust supports, benefiting children, animals, the ill, the environment and aspiring youth, through what he calls his operational “silos”: Kindness Farms, Kindness House, Kindness Oceans, Kindness Kids, Kindness Streets and Kindness Mobile Restaurants for the Homeless.

Philip awards the annual Kindness Gold Medal $20,000 Cash Prize to people who have devoted their lives in the service of others. Past recipients include Sir David Attenborough (UK); Dr Jane Goodall DBE; Captain Paul Watson (Sea Shepherd); Captain Peter Hammarstedt (Sea Shepherd); Rev. Dr Andrew Linzey (Oxford - Animal Rights Theology); Mr Damien Mander (Anti-poaching - Southern Africa); Mrs Maneka Gandhi, Member of Parliament, India; Professor Doctor T Colin Campbell, Cornell University.


He has delivered speeches in the Parliament in The Hague, the Knesset Parliament in Israel, the European Parliament, the Parliament of World Religions, Universities, international congresses and has discussed ethics with Presidents, Prime Ministers, Members of Parliament, Nobel Laureates and religious leaders from all the major faiths.


He is the Patron and Ambassador for many international groups.


He has written Forewords for books by eminent authors on animal rights, health and ethics. His words have been read by millions around the world and his speeches have gone viral on the internet with millions of viewers and independently translated into over 20 languages.


Philip likes to be invisible - The National Australia Day Council, wrote, “Essentially a private man, Philip seeks no personal publicity. But he is not afraid to step into the limelight for a just cause”. Rupert Murdoch’s newspapers accurately described him as, “Reclusive”.


Philip has received the following awards:


- The Order of Australia Medal in The Queen’s Birthday Honours.

- Australian of the Year (Victoria).
- Honorary Fellow of the Oxford Centre of Animal Ethics, UK.
- Distinguished Alumni Award from The University of Adelaide.
- Australian Humanitarian Award, Australia
- Supreme Master Shining World Hero Award, Asia
- Cottonian of Eminence Award, India
- Humanitarian Award McKee Project, Costa Rica
- Sea Shepherd Volunteer of the Decade, Australia
- The Albert Schweitzer Award, USA

- The Peter Singer Prize and Medal, Berlin, Germany


For more about the amazing work of Philip Wollen, just Google his name,or follow this link,

We are honoured to have you as our Patron.