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Private Foundations (PAFs)

Manage your investments independently

Establish your own private foundation (or private ancillary fund) with Australian Communities Foundation to enjoy the benefits of our community while retaining the independence of a private foundation.

If your foundation is already established and you are looking for ways we can help you, head to Our Services for an overview of our Supporting Foundations Service.

Choose Your Package

When you set up your foundation with us, there are three packages for you to choose from. These packages enable you or a trusted adviser to retain control of your investments, while offering you inspiration, impact and compliance.

All packages in our service include the unique inspiration we offer to everyone in our giving community through granting and co-funding opportunities, knowledge sharing, events, networking and more.

1. Purpose

Inspiration & Impact

We develop a crafted, end-to-end philanthropic strategy that brings your interests and passions to life through your giving. Our experienced and networked team will be your guide towards greater impact. You will also have access to ongoing support and advice once you start implementing your strategy.

2. Freedom

Inspiration & Compliance

We undertake all compliance, financial and secretariat services for you, enabling you to focus on the joy of giving to your chosen causes.

3. Total Impact

Inspiration, Impact & Compliance

Our total package helps you achieve both strategic purpose and freedom from the compliance burden, ensuring effective and efficient philanthropy.

About the establishment process

Contact us below to get started. Once you complete the relevant paperwork, we will prepare the deed, ensure incorporation and manage all approvals with the Australian Taxation Office and the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission for a one-off $4,000 establishment fee. Alternatively, we can work with your trusted adviser to establish your foundation.

Need help?

Ready to set up your foundation or want to find out more?

Are you a professional adviser?

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