Australian Communities Foundation hosted a very special evening with Documentary Australia Foundation, inviting along the teams behind three excellent social impact documentaries: Geeta, Backtrack Boys and The Lake of Scars.
On Wednesday the 26th of March, Bruce Postle regaled guests at the State Library Victoria (SLV) with stories from his career spanning 50 years. Australian Communities Foundation was proud to be involved and gives special thanks to the funders that attended the evening. Kate Torney, SLV CEO, gave the crowd a warm welcome before diving [...]
In under 48 hours last week, ten ACF funds responded to an urgent call for co-funding from the Impact Fund for an Agile Grant to support the Medical Evacuation Response Group (MERG). This swift and decisive action by co-funders—amounting to $75,000 in co-funding—is a testament to the importance of the issue being addressed, as well as the merit of the [...]
With an estimated wealth transfer across generations of $2.4–3 billion between 2007 and 2061, Australia is seeing a significant shift in who is giving and their giving preferences.
Earlier this month, we were honoured to join in the celebrations at the launch of Victoria's first Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander-led philanthropic fund. ACF co-founder and Patron Hayden Raysmith AM delivered the below speech on behalf of CEO Maree Sidey. A special thank you also to Aunty Di, and to the Wurundjeri people on [...]
When buying gifts for your loved ones this festive season, why not also have a positive impact by supporting a local social enterprise? A few ideas to get you started... Lush Charity Pot buy Charity Pot hand and body lotion from Lush and all proceeds go to small, grassroots groups in Australia, New Zealand and [...]
ACF and our colleagues at the Community of Giving (Level 6, 126 Wellington Parade East Melbourne) have created an online Giving Tree to inspire your giving this festive season. There is something to inspire everyone including a focus on; Women and Girls, Environment, LGBT, Indigenous, Children and Young People, and the Arts. Click on each [...]
Australia’s oldest and largest independent community foundation will entirely divest its $90 million corpus investment portfolio from fossil fuels and focus on investments with positive environmental outcomes. This commitment is part of a global DivestInvest announcement at the Global Climate Action Summit (GCAS) in San Francisco. The global DivestInvest movement has combined commitments of $6.2 [...]
Recent research conducted by The Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies (ACPNS) at QUT found almost 90% of professional advisers believe their high-net-worth clients hold an interest in philanthropy, but only 10% discuss this with their clients. Philanthropy does not just benefit the community who receives it, but it can also nurture the client-adviser [...]