Bennelong Foundation acknowledges Australia’s First Nations Peoples as the custodians of Country on which we live, learn and work.

We recognise their continuing connection to the lands throughout Australia, culture and communities. We pay our respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, and to Elders past, present and emerging.

Change, not charity.

Collaborating to increase economic and social opportunity. Because when we work hand in hand and live with purpose, we all win.

Talent Beyond Boundaries

A new solution for refugees: based on skills, backed by business and enabled by technology.

Funding & investments

Discover how we fund community organisations and invest our resources.

News & insights

Read the latest updates from the Foundation and our partners.

Stories of impact

Be inspired by the tales of changemakers and positive community action.

About us

Learn more about our people, our ambition and our history.

380+

organisations supported by Bennelong Foundation.

20+

years partnering with community changemakers across Australia.

About the Bennelong Foundation

Making meaningful change.

Founded by the Bangarra Family Office, the Bennelong Foundation and Bennelong Foundation UK are the philanthropic arms of the Bangarra Group. In addition to grantmaking and investments, the Foundations leverage the assets, time and expertise of the Group to connect business and philanthropy, build social impact leadership and cultivate a culture of giving.

20+

charities funded in Cornwall, London, Kent and Surrey.

5

years funding programs that tackle childhood poverty and promote social inclusion in the UK.

About the Bennelong Foundation UK

Making meaningful change.

Founded by the Bangarra Family Office, the Bennelong Foundation UK and Bennelong Foundation Australia are the philanthropic arms of the Bangarra Group. In addition to grantmaking and investments, the Foundations leverage the assets, time and expertise of the Group to connect business and philanthropy, build social impact leadership and cultivate a culture of giving.

Stories of impact

Read how changemakers supported by the Bennelong Foundations create positive change.

Confit Pathways

A journal developed by a former prisoner is empowering incarcerated youth to have a positive mindset towards education and employment.

Talent Beyond Boundaries

A new solution for refugees: based on skills, backed by business and enabled by technology.

TeamSports4All

A grassroots charity is breaking barriers to sports participation and disrupting cycles of disadvantage.

AYI Centres

African youth in Sydney are finding reasons to stay in school, thanks to a program that gives them cultural belonging.

Worthwhile Ventures

Worthwhile Ventures’ impact stems from listening deeply to the indigenous business owners it was created to support.

Grandcarers SA

A fund assisting ‘grandcarers’ is relieving financial burdens for multi-generational families and helping children stay engaged with school and their peers.
Funding Insights

Making Meaningful Change.

Founded by the Bangarra Family Office, the Bennelong Foundation and Bennelong Foundation UK are the philanthropic arms of the Bangarra Group. In addition to grantmaking and investments, the Foundations leverage the assets, time and expertise of the Group to connect business and philanthropy, build social impact leadership and cultivate a culture of giving.

22

Years partnering with community changemakers across Australia.

380+

Organisations supported by the Foundation.

Partnerships

Working hand in hand.

Confit Pathways
I used to run a criminal enterprise, now I run a social enterprise.

Joe Kown

Founder and CEO, Confit Pathways
Talent Beyond Boundaries
Bennelong Foundation came in on the ground floor and took a calculated risk. They were our second major funder...they backed the program when we were just forming as an organisation

Jemma Bailey

ANZ Co-director, Talent Beyond Boundaries
TeamSports4All
When families are in a cycle of disadvantage, it’s hard to break, but this charity has the potential to break that cycle.

Simon Davie

CEO, TeamSports4All
AYI Centres
The key difference AYI Centres intends to make is to support these students to feel safe at school.

Bishop Lareya

Founder, African Youth Initiative Centres
News & insights

The latest from the Foundation and our partners.

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Pitch In Turns 21

A recap of the recent Bennelong Foundation Pitch In event in Melbourne, showcasing the impactful work of three not-for-profit organizations supporting refugee and lower socio-economic communities.
Oct 2023
2
min read

Bennelong Foundation CEO Update

The Bennelong Foundation undergoes a leadership transition as Sandra Jacobs steps down and Laura Cochrane takes on the role of CEO.
Sep 2023
1
min read

Pitch In UK 2023

A heartwarming event brought together the Crown Golf community and local charities to raise awareness and funds for vulnerable families and individuals in need.
Aug 2023
2
min read

Women's record broken at Run the Tan 2023

Exciting news from the Run the Tan event in Melbourne, where Jessica Hull and Jye Edwards set impressive new records and the Bennelong Foundation continues to support community health and wellbeing.
May 2023
1
min read

Sharing the spirit of philanthropy - Pitch In Sydney 2023

A heartwarming celebration of community and generosity at our annual Pitch In event.
May 2023
2
min read

Supporting women and building community: The Beautiful Bunch

A heartwarming story of empowerment and support through a floristry workshop organized by the Bennelong Foundation for their staff and grant partners at The Beautiful Bunch.
Apr 2023
1
min read
"We are thrilled with the opportunities provided to our organisation and communities through becoming a Bennelong Foundation grant recipient. The partnership has given us a new platform to raise awareness of our work. This relationship is so much more than a financial transaction."

Georgie McGrillen

Partnership and Relationship Manager, Refugee Council of Australia

Working hand in hand with organisations to support participation, empower individuals and strengthen their communities.

FAQs

What type of Foundation are you?

Bennelong Foundaton Australia is a Private Ancillary Fund operating under the regulations of the Australian Charities and Not-for-profit Commission (ACNC) and the Australian Tax Office (ATO). It grants to organisations that carry a deductible gift recipient 1 (DGR1) status.

Bennelong Foundation UK is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation operating under the regulations of the Charity Commission for England and Wales. It grants to registered charitable organisations or organisations whose work benefit the community.

What does the Foundation fund?

Our ambition is to give every person the opportunity to shape their future and chase their goals.
Our aim is to increase pathways to economic empowerment and social cohesion and inclusion.
You can find more information about specific funding areas here.

Do you fund capacity-building initiatives for not-for-profits?

Yes.

Who can apply for funding and when?

Australia Foundation
Australia-based not-for-profits with DGR1 status can apply for a 12-month, Community Grant of up to $30,000 in our annual, open grant round. The round typically opens in July each year. Periodically, we invite expressions of interest for multi-year Catalyst Grants or Learning for Life Grants, or to take part in Pitch In events that are led by our Philanthropy & Engagement Committee.
Learn more in Funding & Investments.

UK Foundation
A small number of UK-based charitable organisations are invited to apply for a 12-month Social Inclusion Grant every year or take part in our annual UK Pitch In event. Learn more here.  

What is the application process?

When a grant round opens, organisations can submit an expression of interest via the website. The Foundation team will then invite a small number of these organsations to submit a full application. Visit our funding and investments page to check eligibility criteria and read our supporting resources. Follow us on social media to stay up to date on funding opportunities.

Still have questions?

Contact our management team for further information.