Investing in momentous change
The Impact Fund inspires investments in bold solutions to the biggest issues facing Australia today. It harnesses the power of collective giving to build momentum and accelerate progress to tip the scales towards positive social change.
Contact us to suggest an issue to tackle in the 2019 round.
What is the Impact Fund?
Established in 2016 from a pool of discretionary funds and bequests, it is an endowment fund for the Australian community. It aims to be a collaborative vehicle to promote social change philanthropy.
The Fund seeks evidence-based projects that are scalable or which have the potential for wide impact and application. This could include research projects that help to shine a light on national issues; new approaches to tackling complex issues affecting Australian communities; supporting pilot projects, scaling-up programs or tailoring of successful local approaches.
The four key areas of focus reflect the values and interests of Australian Community Foundation members:
These recipients have inspired change, shifted debate, improved policy and are making substantial progress on some of the big issues facing Australia today.
Owing to the hard work of all those involved in these projects, the Impact Fund is:
Encouraging gambling reform and assisting AFL Clubs in removing poker machines
— Alliance for Gambling Reform, 2017 recipient
Developing new ways to measure national well-being and progress
— Australian National Development Index, 2017 recipient
Ensuring the preservation of our country’s strong gun laws
— Alannah & Madeline Foundation, 2017 recipient
Shifting the national debate towards action on climate change
— Climate Council, 2017 recipient
Developing a national strategy on agriculture and climate change
— Farmers for Climate Action, 2018 recipient
Campaigning and advocating for climate resilient homes
— Renew, 2018 Recipient
Eliminating the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in out-of-home care
— SNAICC – National Voice for Our Children, 2018 Recipient
Promoting women’s reproductive freedom across Australia
— Human Rights Law Centre, 2018 Recipient
Securing a strong and viable future for public interest journalism in Australia
— Public Interest Journalism Initiative, 2018 Recipient
Using shareholder activism to build civil power in capital
— Australasian Centre for Corporate Responsibility, 2018 Recipient