Board of Management

Inaugural Board Meeting 1/9/2017

In accordance with the Donate-A-$-A-Week Inc. Rules the following Members make up our Board of Management. 

Peter Kavan

Director & Chair of the Board

Peter brings a wealth of experience to the Board.His current occupation is Managing Consultant at Indec P/L providing high level strategic and technical advice to the Victorian Department of Education for its New Schools Public Private Partnership Program. Peter has held senior roles in Government and Education (32 years) and Local Government (10 years), and, as Managing Director of Facilitechture P/L, a self-owned consultancy business for the education sector, for 16 years.

Qualified in Architecture, Building and Facilities Planning and Management, Training and Assessment, and Community Engagement. Peter is a professional member of the Facility Management Association of Australia and the International Association of Public Participation. 

 Lives in The Basin, Victoria Aust.

Phil Garbutt

 Director & Secretary (Founder)

Phil, now semi-retired, comes from a background in Human Resource Management, Facilities Management and Property Development/Investment.

With a need to be doing something constructive with his now free time and a sense of social inequities and injustices, prevailing both at home in Australia and globally, Phil wanted to make a contribution to assist those who need help.

Commencing asThe Donate-A-$-A-Week Challenge in late 2013. This morphed into a 2014 New Year’s resolution and the now continuing development of this program which is designed to encourage people from all income levels to make a commitment to regularly donate a small portion of their loose change – a minimum of just $1.00 pw; with the view that many small donations will accumulate to make a real difference for those in need.

Maintaining steady growth, the original concept and organisation has, as of 1st September 2017 now evolved into a fully Incorporated Association, now with a new name Donate-A-Dollar-A-Week Inc. or DA$AW for short.

Phil Lives in Upwey, Victoria.

Tim McKay

Director & Treasurer

Tim is a practicing chartered accountant and runs his own practice, Taxlynk, in beautiful Belgrave South. Tim brings a wealth of financial expertise to the Board.

Lives Hallam, Vic. Aust.

Rosemary Olton



Rosemary, now semi retired brings a wealth of broad administrative experience to the Board having worked for some twenty years in the TAFE/University sectors. Post retirement Rosemary worked part time as a consultant in the Facility Management area undertaking a wide range of activities but primarily assisting in the implementation of electronic Management systems.  She, along with her partner, has for the past 25 years been an active property investor playing a significant role in the re-furbishment of properties and the on-going rental management of their property portfolio. 

John Macdonald


John has recently joined our Board of Management as a Director. John bring with him a wealth of ‘Not for Profit’ experience having worked in the sector for the past 10 years plus. 

He has held Senior Relationship Management and fundraising roles, developing and implementing bequests, alumni, major donor and community group speaking programs with: Berry Street – Child Welfare, Florey Neuroscience Institutes – University of Melbourne, Environment Victoria, Guide Dogs of Vic. and The Dalgarno Institute – Coalition of Alcohol & Drugs Educators. 

Prior to this John was the State Executive Officer for The Aust Freedom from Hunger Campaign (Oxfam), Community Arts Development Coordinator (Music) with Yarra Ranges Shire Council and had successful careers in financial advice with AMP -13 years, and as Manager Financial Planning National Bank for 20 years. Currently he is the Partnership Development Manager with Baptist Union of Victoria 

John is married with four teenage and young adult children and lives on a Hobby Farm in Belgrave South, Vic.  

He identifies himself as a Christian, concerned social justice advocate, committed environmentalist, fun community music performer and MC host and speaker.