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2019/20 in review

Shared visions.
Shared impact.

“In this year like no other, community philanthropy has stepped up to the plate.”

Eric Beecher, Chair, Australian Communities Foundation

Scroll for an overview of our community’s giving for 2019/20 or read the full story in our Annual Report.

OVERVIEW

IN 2019/20, OUR COMMUNITY OF 350 FUNDS & FOUNDATIONS DISTRIBUTED 909 GRANTS TO 527 ORGANISATIONS AND INDIVIDUALS. TOGETHER, WE GRANTED $12,502,071 IN TOTAL: 11% OF OUR ENTIRE CORPUS. THAT’S 33% MORE OUT THE DOOR THAN LAST YEAR. OUR LARGEST GRANT WAS $380,000 AND OUR AVERAGE WAS $14,000.

 

Where our funding landed across Australia and beyond

 

Supporting the causes Australians care about

…to shift the dial on issues across our five focus areas

Tackling Inequality

$4,888,549

 

Tackling Inequality
with the Raise the Rate campaign

Our giving community supported the Raise the Rate campaign through the 2019 Impact Fund grant round. Led by the Australian Council of Social Service, the campaign is working to secure an increase to the base rate of the unemployment allowance.

ONE OF 262 GRANTEE PARTNERS TACKLING INEQUALITY SUPPORTED IN 2019/20

Strengthening Democracy

$679,640

 

 

Strengthening Democracy
with The Democracy Project

In the 2019 Impact Fund grant round, our giving community helped fund the impact campaign for The Democracy Project – an upcoming documentary film on the relationship between money and power in Australia, which seeks to build interest in the function of democracy and greater support for democratic reform.

ONE OF 39 GRANTEE PARTNERS STRENGTHENING DEMOCRACY SUPPORTED IN 2019/20

Supporting Indigenous Communities

$2,910,719

 

 

Supporting Indigenous Communities
with Voice, Treaty, Truth: Progressing the Uluru Statement

Our giving community supported the Indigenous Law Centre (ILC) at the University of New South Wales through the 2019 Impact Fund grant round. This support is helping the ILC to ensure that First Nations voices remain at the heart of delivering on Voice, Treaty, Truth—the three pathways to justice set out in the Uluru Statement.

ONE OF 78 GRANTEE PARTNERS SUPPORTING INDIGENOUS COMMUNITIES FUNDED IN 2019/20

Safeguarding the Environment

$2,156,130

 

Safeguarding the Environment
with the Invasive Species Council

Our giving community supported the Invasive Species Council (ISC) through the 2018 Impact Fund grant round. This support is helping the ISC to stop the processes that cause extinction in Australia and find opportunities to generate new jobs in a threat abatement industry.

ONE OF 87 GRANTEE PARTNERS SAFEGUARDING THE ENVIRONMENT SUPPORTED IN 2019/20

Building A Culturally Vibrant Society

$1,597,449

 

Building A Culturally Vibrant Society
with Melbourne Fringe

Melbourne Fringe is one of the many organisations facilitating creative expression that our giving community supported in 2019/20.

ONE OF 56 GRANTEE PARTNERS BUILDING A CULTURALLY VIBRANT SOCIETY SUPPORTED IN 2019/20

Stepping up to the challenges of 2020

 

Not only did our community give more to ongoing causes in 2019/20 than ever before; we also gave an additional $2.8 million to support communities most affected by the bushfires and Covid-19.

Bushfire response $2,199,150

After the disastrous 2019/20 Australian bushfire season, our giving community came together to fund emergency response, recovery, and policy reform. Giving was focused in four strategic areas.

 

 

Covid-19 response $640,650

Our giving community’s Covid-19 funding had a strong focus on responding to immediate needs as well as addressing structural concerns arising from the crisis. Giving was focused in six strategic areas.

 

 

National Crisis Response Fund: Covid-19

Through our partnership with the Paul Ramsay Foundation and support from our giving community and the public, the National Crisis Response Fund has distributed $539,000 through 45 grants to communities across Australia.

 

     

Stories behind the impact

Watch & Share: Overview 2019/20

2019/20 Granting Overview

Download our 2019/20 Annual Report

Learn more about our growing community and impact in 2019/20.

Grants & Funds 2019/20

Download our Grants & Funds Booklet for 2019/20 for a full list of our funds and the grants they distributed this year.

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