How it works
About
Bringing community foundations together to build a fairer, more sustainable Australia.
About community foundations

Every community depends on passionate, hard-working people committed to the long-term vitality and resilience of the place they call home.

Community foundations are part of the community they support. They have first-hand knowledge of local issues and needs and bring people together to pool resources and activate the power of giving for lasting impact.

Community foundations raise money, manage funds to build lasting assets, and make grants to support a community’s changing needs over the long term. They have the skills and structures that make it easy for anyone to donate to local causes and charities in the most effective way.

The unique value of community foundations lies in local action on local issues. Their shared commitment is to create a fairer, more sustainable Australia where everyone belongs.

In Australia, some 40 community foundations work to make their local community a better place to live, from rural areas, to regional towns and capital cities.

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aggregate funds under management (30/6/2021)
What we do

Community Foundations Australia is the peak body that unites, represents, and supports community foundations in a national network to amplify their collective voice and impact.

Our community foundation members use first-hand knowledge of local issues to make their communities healthier and fairer, more inclusive and sustainable. We support them through a range of bespoke services, built on close relationships and trust.

Connect with us

There are many ways to get involved with Community Foundations Australia – as a partner, supporter, or member. We also welcome inquiries from the general community about our work and our member foundations’ impact. The easiest way is to connect for a conversation.

News & Stories
Updates from and about Australia’s community foundations
News & Analysis
CFAustralia Update
The Community Foundations Australia Board is seeking two individuals to join as directors.
CFAustralia Update
Community Foundations Australia remembers Brian Page, passionate philanthropist and ardent champion of the community foundation model.
Member Update
With shifts towards decarbonisation and younger populations leaving for larger towns or capital cities, regional communities often face a choice: innovate and grow, or disinvest and decline. In Queensland, the communities that make up the Burnett Inland have made their choice. Together, they are co-designing a long-term vision for their region.
Member Update
The effects of the war in Ukraine are now being felt in Australia. Sydney alone has welcomed over 1000 Ukrainians since the conflict began. That number continues to grow, with an additional 30 to 40 people arriving each week. Amid fears that the growing number of arrivals could overwhelm volunteer support systems, Sydney Community Foundation stepped in to respond.
Research
Research Roundup is a regular feature to keep our network up-to-date with recently published research papers and studies on community philanthropy issues from around the world.
Member Update
The impact Foundation SA has made in its first year can be traced back to the collaboration and knowledge sharing at the heart of its founding. 
Member Update
Tomorrow Today Foundation celebrates 10 years of its ground-breaking Education Benalla Program
CFAustralia Update
Fourteen community foundations across Australia have joined the global Vital Signs movement.
CFAustralia Update
The figures from the latest Sector Census are in.
Research
Research Roundup is a regular feature to keep our network up-to-date with recently published research papers and studies on community philanthropy issues from around the world.
Events
23.10.2022 – 25.10.2022multi-dayNational
National Community Foundations Forum 2022
NCFF - our national conference - is back as a live in-person event this year. It's Australia's most important meeting for community foundation practitioners where we come together to shape our preferred future and explore how we can deepen our contribution to building better communities. After a two-year pandemic induced hiatus, it's also a chance to reconnect, reflect, and celebrate what we have achieved through tough times. We will meet 23-25 October in Djilang (Geelong) on Wadawarrung country in Victoria.
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What Our Members Say ...
"Thank you for the help you have provided… being welcomed back into the community foundation fold has been very pleasing and has provided more connections for us. We look forward to our continued relationship."
"I appreciate Community Foundations Australia’s readiness to help, whenever we need assistance."
"The member catch-up sent my mind spinning about CRM opportunities. It’s very inspiring to hear what others are doing, there’s a lot to be learned!"
"The introductions Community Foundations Australia have made have been invaluable, so too have been the opportunities to share knowledge on everything from software to organisational policies."
"Thanks, team. Some fabulous articles in the newsletter. Couldn’t have been more spot on in terms of timing for us."
"Thank you for the opportunity to speak at the workshop. Taking part has given me such a great insight into the wider development of community foundations, and a big jump in energy for things up here!"
"I really appreciate the Community Foundations Australia meet-ups, and the focus on supporting ourselves and others. Thank you for creating a reason to pause and take stock."
STORIES FROM THE NETWORK
The power of local action in a crisis: a COVID-19 case study on The Ballarat Foundation

In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic and public health response that included lockdowns led to an economic crisis that has played out throughout our communities. Community foundations have been at the forefront of the response.