Creating a fairer and more sustainable Australia

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.

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Impact Fund 2019 Showcase

Thursday 24 October 2019

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2019 Projects

Tackling Inequality

Raise the Rate campaign

Australian Council of Social Service

Funding request: $150,000
Pledged: $35,000

Strengthening Democracy

Democracy For Sale documentary: Impact and outreach campaign

Shark Island Institute

Funding request: $150,000
Pledged: $35,000

Supporting Indigenous Communities

Voice, Treaty, Truth: Progressing the Uluru Statement

UNSW Indigenous Law Centre

Funding request: $150,000
Pledged: $35,000

Safeguarding the Environment

Safeguarding Nature: Protecting Australian species against extinction

Invasive Species Council

Funding request: $149,914
Pledged: $35,000

Agile Granting Opportunities

Hands Off Our Charities campaign

Human Rights Law Centre

Funding request: $50,000
Pledged: $10,000

The National Energy Justice Coalition

The Next Economy

Funding request: $50,000
Pledged: $10,000

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 our funding community:

Past Recipients

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:

  • Empowering Indigenous rangers to protect and manage our land and sea
    Country Needs People, 2017 recipient
  • Shifting the national debate towards action on climate change
    — Climate Council, 2017 recipient
  • Campaigning and advocating for climate resilient homes
    Renew, 2018 Recipient

Find out more about projects supported by the Impact Fund

Selection Process

Invited applicants are initially shortlisted based on the following general criteria:

• Address issues of national significance
• Timeliness/urgency of opportunity
• Potential for systemic impact
• Potential alignment with donor interests/funding partner priorities
• Collaboration and partnership.

+ Read more about the selection process here.

The full applications are assessed on the following criteria:

• Evidence-informed
• Influence
• Innovation / scale
• Adaptive leadership
• Engagement and relationships
• Mandate
• Cultural and community responsiveness
• Track record
• Learning culture and evaluative capability
• Potential for engagement with other funders.

Applications are then assessed and approved through the following process.

Australian Communities Foundation welcomes donations to the Impact Fund at any time.

If you would like to find out more about the Impact Fund, please get in contact with us.