Community Foundations engage in a range of community leadership and partnership activities, serving as catalysts, convenors, collaborators and facilitators to solve problems and develop solutions to important community issues.
Australian Communities Foundation’s role is to encourage and make it easy for people and organisations to support charitable giving. As such, we provide all the necessary structures, systems and tax and compliance environments within which individuals, families, groups and organisations can establish named charitable funds under our structure.
We then work with our donors and funds to make sure they achieve their objectives, by matching donor interests and passions with the needs of the community. To ensure we can do this effectively, we constantly monitor what’s happening at grass-roots level across Australia – where the needs are, what the emerging trends and issues are. Collectively, we are working together to build healthy resilient communities and positive social change.
We all have interests. We are all passionate about something. What keeps you awake at night, makes you really mad or sad, or has you so excited that you have to tell others about it? Use these thoughts to help you to refine and focus your ideas about giving and philanthropy and become effective and strategic in your approach.
Answer: ACF sends out regular donor updates and holds events throughout the year. You can view your sub-fund balance and make grant requests through the online Community Hub. ACF is active on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn to provide a more interactive way for donors to be kept informed about ACF news, events and activities. Social media also provides donors with a great way to share new ideas, debates and discussion about philanthropy with ACF and other philanthropists.
ACF has contracted Computershare Fund Services (CFS) to provide sub-fund registry management. CFS and Australian Communities Foundation have established a facility called ‘Sub-funds Online’ which allows donors to login via an individual username and password to view details of their personal sub-fund investments and transaction activity and unit prices.
Annual Statements are produced at the end of the financial year. This identifies all the donations to, and grants from, the sub-fund along with investment and administration fees.
Australian Communities Foundation also offers a fee-for-service option to provide grantmaking and consulting research and advice to individuals and other organisations. This includes private trusts and foundations. In addition, it relies on gifts and donations from supporters and Board members.