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.
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.
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.
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.