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Making a difference

The Impact Fund is Strengthening Democracy

Democracy For Sale 2019 Grantee Partner

In 2019, the Impact Fund raised $150,000 for an impact and outreach campaign for the upcoming documentary The Democracy Project, directed by Craig Reucassel.

The Democracy Project is an upcoming social impact documentary that follows actor and comedian Christiaan Van Vuuren (Soul Mates; Bondi Hipsters) as he pulls back the curtain on the relationship between money and power in Australia. Provocative and timely, the film is a wakeup call to all Australians about the frightening extent to which money has infiltrated politics in our country, why we should care, and ultimately, how we might work together to ensure our democracy is safeguarded from sale to the highest bidder. The film brings together the diverse skill sets of an accomplished creative team that uses comedy as a tool to inform and effect positive social change.

Our focus areas

Strengthening Democracy is one of our five key focus areas, guiding the way we give at Australian Communities Foundation.

Progress on Strengthening Democracy

The Alannah & Madeline Foundation

Gun control and community safety
$60,000 (2017 – 2019)
  • Australia’s first coalition for gun law reform established, bringing together 30 organisations to provide a credible alternative voice to the gun lobby on firearms policy for the first time
Members of the Australian Gun Safety Alliance at the first Gun Safety Advocates consultation meeting. Alannah & Madeline Foundation.

Australasian Centre for Corporate Responsibility

Using shareholder activism to build civil power in capital
$150,000 (2018 – 2020)
  • Increased pressure from Qantas shareholders for the airline to cease its involvement in the forced deportation of people who have sought asylum in Australia
Protestors campaigning against forced deportation of asylum seekers.

Public Interest Journalism Initiative

Securing a strong and viable future for public interest journalism in Australia
$150,000 (2017 – 2019)
  • One of Australia’s only independent initiatives focused on public interest journalism established and supported to undertake research on its decline, particularly in regional areas

Give to the Impact Fund

Support the work of our country’s leading changemakers for a fairer and more sustainable Australia.