How it works
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.

unique LGAs served by a local community foundation
granted since the 2015 financial year
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
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.
Research Roundup is a regular Community Foundations Australia feature created to give you an insight into the work academics are undertaking around community philanthropy.
Policy and Advocacy
In November 2019, Community Foundations Australia and a delegation of community foundation practitioners gave evidence to Federal Parliament. Now the resulting report can be read online.
CFAustralia Update
​Community foundations - and the community based organisations they support - have had a win in the 29 March Federal Budget, with the announcement that a special listing process will provide access to DGR1 (Deductible Gift Recipient) endorsement for these foundations.
CFAustralia Update
One of the hallmarks of community foundations is their place-based nature and often hyper-local focus. But community foundations also exist as a global movement. National peak bodies for community foundations regularly exchange information and collaborate where appropriate, for instance during the COVID-19 pandemic. Australian community foundations received international support during the Black Summer fires. Now, the humanitarian crisis created by the war in the Ukraine is galvanising community foundations to coordinate their responses across borders.
Member Update
The Mumbulla Foundation and Upper Murray Innovation Foundation, two of seven community foundations that were directly impacted by the Black Summer fires, have secured more than $300,000 between them from the Federal Government’s Black Summer Bushfire Recovery Grant Program. A total of 524 projects were funded in this grant round with more than $390 million allocated to support organisations in all the affected regions.
Member Update
On 17 March 2022, the Mackay Community Foundation in Queensland announced a new milestone gift and unveiled an honour wall of local donors who have made a significant contribution to the community.
Member Update
The Northern Rivers Community Foundation (NRCF) operates in a region currently impacted by devastating flooding. This is how you can support them today.
Member Update
Community Foundations Australia member Bass Coast Community Foundation (BCCF) is seeking to recruit a part-time Executive Officer (EO) to work from its Wonthaggi Office.
CFAustralia Update
When Western Australian Project Coordinator Clare Gregory joined Community Foundations Australia two years ago, little did we know what challenges would lay ahead. With successive COVID-19 waves impacting Australia’s eastern states, the West has never felt so far away.
31.05.202212-1pm AEDTOnline
May Member Meeting: DGR reform with Alice Macdougall
This is a member-only event. Members will receive a reminder email with more information and the relevant link to join online.
Philanthropy Australia National Conference 2022
Save the date! The Philanthropy Australia National Conference 2022 will be held from 6-8 September in Sydney. More details will be released in the coming months - stay tuned!
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National Community Foundations Forum 2022
After a two-year pandemic-induced hiatus, NCFF - our national conference - will be back 23 - 25 October this year for community foundation practitioners to come together to share, learn, reflect, and celebrate. We will meet in Geelong, VIC. More details to follow. Save the dates!
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."
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.