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Annual Report 2021/22

Our Community

Our giving community celebrating the Impact Fund’s fifth anniversary in April 2022.

Annual Report 2021/22

Our Community

Our giving community celebrating the Impact Fund’s fifth anniversary in April 2022.

A vibrant community of givers


In 2021/22, we welcomed over 100 new givers into our community through 74 new funds and foundations.

We’re now home to more than 460 funds and foundations, each with their own vision for positive change but united in their commitment to advancing social, cultural and environmental justice. 

Named Funds

Named Funds are one of the key vehicles that individuals and families use to structure their giving at Australian Communities Foundation.

Establishing a Named Fund is an easy, tax-effective and strategic way to support the causes you care about. All funds are responsibly invested and can be distributed at any time to the charitable organisations of your choosing.

JOINING IN 2021/22

Agaru Fund
Audrey Peric-Low
Beatrice Fund
Callinan/O’Neill Fund
Creative Economy
FutureNeverFund
Grace Projects
John and Maadi Einfeld Fund
Leina & Fleur Fund
Lilly Murphy and Jenny Lane Memorial Fund

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Mac-Moff Future Fund
Meta Lazarus Fund
Pollinate
Prospect Fund
Richard Wilkins Fund
Russell Woolf Memorial Fund
The Larry Yee Family Fund
Webb Family Fund

Some funds choose to remain anonymous.

COMMUNITY STORY
SUPPORTING COMMUNITY ORGANISING FOR CLIMATE: RUNNING WATERS FUND

“We’d always made donations where we could, but opening the Running Waters Fund with Australian Communities Foundation gave us the possibility to do much more.” 

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Bequests

Leaving a gift or bequest in your Will is a big decision to make. When you leave a bequest through Australian Communities Foundation, you create a lasting legacy – your gift is invested and grown into an ongoing source of funding for communities. 

2021/22 BEQUESTS

Donald and Joan Brogden
John Henry Byrne
Anwyn Martin
Melpomeni Petsinis

COMMUNITY STORY
CREATING A LASTING LEGACY: DENNIS ALTMAN ON LEAVING A BEQUEST

“Knowing that the Foundation will be there to identify new projects aligned with my interests reassures me that I can contribute to progress for future generations.” 

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Private Foundations

Private Foundations are an attractive option for those comfortable with the additional compliance obligations required, including maintaining greater control over investment management. We can help establish your foundation and provide ongoing granting and compliance support through our Foundation Support Services. 

JOINING IN 2021/22

Sharry Family Foundation
Shepherd Family Foundation

Some funds choose to remain anonymous.

COMMUNITY STORY
ENABLING POSITIVE SOCIAL CHANGE FOR QUEENSLANDERS: SHEPHERD FAMILY FOUNDATION
Shepherd Family Foundation

Sue Shepherd, pictured here with her late husband Bruce, established the Shepherd Family Foundation. “Our aim is to support Queensland communities to thrive.”

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Gumnut Accounts

A Gumnut Account is an easy way to start your journey towards structured giving. Simply open an account and make regular, tax-deductible donations to build a giving fund over time. With the option of quarterly or annual contributions, you can get started with as little as $500 per quarter or $2,000 per annum.

JOINING IN 2021/22

Aussie Cat Lady Fund
Australian Disability Community Inclusion and Relief Fund
Berkut Fund
Better Together
Crewmen Fund
Dunlop Street Charitable Fund
Emission Rec Fishing Fund
Gilmore Family Fund

Giving with Purpose
Influence Global Impact Fund
Maneki Neko Cat Rescue
Prosper Community Fund
PROUS Charitable Fund
Sathya-Sankara Manava Seva
Spiegelhauer Family Fund
The Freeman Fund
The Fulton Street Fund


Some funds choose to remain anonymous.

COMMUNITY STORY
TURNING PAIN INTO A POSITIVE: LANA WILSON MEMORIAL FUND
Lana Wilson Memorial Fund

Melanie Gandevia opened a Gumnut Account to honour her mother’s memory. “It’s such a beautiful way to honour someone and turn the pain of losing them into something positive.”

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Corporate and Workplace Funds

Corporate and Workplace Funds enable organisations across Australia to establish and extend their giving programs. Open a Corporate and Workplace Fund for your organisation to engage staff, increase customer satisfaction and deliver stronger brand alignment with your CSR commitment. 

JOINING IN 2021/22

Besix Watpac Community Fund
Dyson Giving Fund
General Insurance Community Benefit Payment Fund
HDR Australia Fund
Humanists Victoria
Influence Global Impact Fund
Kollosche Community Fund
Schneider Electric Pacific Fund
Sea Forest Fund
The Civium Community Foundation Fund

Some funds choose to remain anonymous.

COMMUNITY STORY
A SMARTER APPROACH TO WORKPLACE GIVING: FG ADVISORY CHARITABLE FUND

“The causes we fund are really close to our employees’ hearts and ACF is always there to help us find organisations doing great work for those causes.”

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Scholarship Funds

Scholarship Funds are designed to help increase access to education. When you open a Scholarship Fund, you have the choice of providing educational payments, prizes and bursaries to scholarship-providing charities or directly to students across Australia. 

JOINING IN 2021/22

Friends of School Sport NT

Some funds choose to remain anonymous.

COMMUNITY STORY
BREAKING DOWN BARRIERS TO UNIVERSITY: JUDE FOX BURSARY FUND
Jude Fox

“Jude believed in the strength and potential of Flagstone students… and the bursary fund is to build on the work she’s done with the school, students, and community.”

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Collective Giving Funds

A Collective Giving Fund helps you harness the power of giving circles. Open a fund for your collective giving group as a quick and easy solution to pool donations and make grants with impact. 

JOINING IN 2021/22

Giant Leap Philanthropic Fund
Harvard Club of Victoria Non-Profit Fellowship
Indigenous Giving Circle

Some funds choose to remain anonymous.

COMMUNITY STORY
WE ARE STRONGER TOGETHER: IMPACT100 SYDNEY NORTH

“By pooling intellectual and financial resources we can make a difference beyond what we could alone.” 

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Future Funds

With a low-cost fee structure, a Future Fund is an easy, tax-effective and strategic way to build an endowment for a not-for-profit organisation. You gain access to our fundraising and donation infrastructure, and can enjoy greater returns than a bank account through our pooled ethical investments. 

JOINING IN 2021/22

Banksia Gardens Future Fund
DEA Future Fund
Dragons Abreast Float the Boats
Nature Glenelg Trust
Spark Foundation Fund
Sunbury and Cobaw Community Health

Some funds choose to remain anonymous.

COMMUNITY STORY
FINDING STRENGTH IN COMMUNITY: DRAGONS ABREAST AUSTRALIA
Dragons Abreast Australia

Dragons Abreast supports breast cancer survivors and their families. With the group supporting a growing number of people, the organisation established a Future Fund this year to build its long-term sustainability.

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Foundation Support Services

Building on our connections to communities and our infrastructure, we can support both new and established trusts and foundations with grant rounds and other grantmaking services, plus all administration and compliance.

Learn more about Our Services

COMMUNITY STORY
PARTNERING TO DEEPEN COMMUNITY CONNECTION: PAUL RAMSAY FOUNDATION

“Through the partnership, Australian Communities Foundation opened up access to a broad sweep of funding relationships they already have in place, and knowledge of the landscape where we were hoping to provide benefit.” 

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Explore all funds

Explore our community of funds and foundations, and filter by area of interest and fund type.


Interested in joining our community?

We offer a smarter approach to giving by providing the structures and strategic support to make your charitable dollar go further. Learn more about joining Australia’s largest community of everyday philanthropists.

Annual Report 2021/22

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