Empowered people and communities.

Creating opportunities for social and financial participation.

Inspired by the ambition that every person has the opportunity to shape their future and chase their goals.

Founded by the Bangarra Family Office, the Bennelong Foundation and Bennelong Foundation UK are the philanthropic arms of the Bangarra Group.

In addition to financial grants and investments, we leverage the assets, time and expertise of the Group to connect business and philanthropy, build social impact leadership and cultivate a culture of giving.

Ambition

Every person has the opportunity to shape their future and chase their goals.

Aim

To increase pathways to economic empowerment and social cohesion.

Image Credit: The Australian Food Network

What our Foundation funds.

Initiatives that open education and employment pathways for those facing ingrained barriers to participation.
The development of community sport as a pathway to social cohesion and cultural connection for those facing ingrained barriers to participation.

What our Foundation invests in.

Building capabilities of social sector leaders

Cultivating giving among Bangarra Group employees

Responsible and impact investments from our corpus

Networking to deepen links between business and philanthropy

Photo Credit: Think+Do Tank Foundation

Inspired by the ambition that every person has the opportunity to shape their future and chase their goals.

Founded by the Bangarra Family Office, the Bennelong Foundation UK and Bennelong Foundation are the philanthropic arms of the Bangarra Group.

In addition to financial grants and investments, we leverage the assets, time and expertise of the Group to connect business and philanthropy, build social impact leadership and cultivate a culture of giving.

Ambition

Every person has the opportunity to shape their future and chase their goals.

Aim

Increase pathways to social inclusion.

Photo Credit: Bennelong Foundation

What our UK Foundation funds.

We fund initiatives that open pathways to social inclusion.

Creating opportunities for new arrivals to the UK experiencing hardship.
Creating opportunities for families facing barriers to accessing food and education.

What our UK Foundation invests in.

Networking to deepen links between business and philanthropy

Cultivating giving among the Bangarra Group

Responsible investments

Impact investments

Photo Credit: Think+Do Tank Foundation
History

A journey of impact.

A historical timeline of the Foundation over the years.

May 2002

Bennelong Foundation (Australia) is established as a Prescribed Private Foundation by Jeff Chapman AM and Carena Shankar, founders of the Bangarra Family Office.

2002

First round of grants distributed in Victoria, Australia supporting medical and crisis support.

2003

Medical Research, Community Health, Youth, Crisis Support and Migrant Welfare confirmed as focus areas.

2004

First paid employee – Susan Frances - appointed as General Manager; Malcolm Gray joins the board; Bruce Reid and Phil Honeywood join as advisers; The first website launched; Bangarra Group staff volunteering and engagement commences.

2005

Inspired by the Foundation’s support for the Victorian Arabic Social Services’ Anti-Racism Action Band; Directors adopt a philosophy of supporting grassroots work that is ‘obviously making a difference for the people involved’; First granting framework is developed.

2006

More than $1 million distributed for the first time; The first grant supporting a First Nations-led program is made to Ganbina; The Concept of ethical investing is introduced.

2007

A Youth Committee is formed; focusing on Education; Chris Cunningham; Peter Polson and Alison Watkins appointed as directors.

2008

Geographic focus expanded to funding projects across all of Australia.

2009

The Foundation transitions to a Private Ancillary Fund; becoming the 35th registered ‘PAF’ in Australia.

2010

Education and employment focus areas introduced; Greater support for indigenous wellbeing projects adopted; Medical Research removed from focus areas; First annual report published.

2011

Mike Pratt appointed as a Director; The first Bennelong Foundation Tan Track Clocks gifted to the City of Melbourne; the first Tan Track Challenge was held; The Youth Committee expands to include employees across the Group.

2012

First Bennelong Foundation scholarships and internships awarded; Focus areas consolidated to Education; Training & Employment; Community Health; and Migrant & Indigenous Community Welfare.

2013

Carena Shankar appointed as Deputy Chair; Fiona Rowland appointed as General Manager.

2014

First Pitch In events held in Melbourne and Sydney; Craig Bingham appointed as Director.

2015

Gary Toomey joins as CEO of Bangarra Group and is appointed as a Director; Sandra Jacobs appointed as inaugural CEO.

2017

Phil Honeywood appointed as a Director; Alice Wong joins the Bennelong Foundation as an adviser.

2019

Omar Al Kassab joins the Bennelong Foundation as a lived-experience adviser; First non-financial grant distributed by way of pro-bono rent at Bennelong House; Rapid response grant distributed in support of Black Summer bushfires and the COVID-19 pandemic; Kelly Chapman and Christine Fleer appointed as Directors; Bennelong Foundation UK established in June 2020.

2020

First Impact Investment from the Foundation’s corpus; Employee committee renamed the Philanthropy & Engagement Committee; Sandra Jacobs appointed as Executive Director; Bennelong Foundation Investment Culture published; First grants distributed in the UK to organisations supporting welfare and young people in London and Cornwall.

201

Foundation celebrates 20 year anniversary; The UK Foundation introduces migrant welfare as a focus area; hosts it first Pitch In event and establishes a UK Philanthropy & Engagement Committee for employees.

2022

The Foundation submits its first ‘Reflect’ Reconciliation Action Plan; Liem Nguyen appointed Grants & Administration Manager; The Bangarra Group launches Bennelong BetterWorld to increase focus on responsible investments.

2003

Laura Cochrane appointed CEO and Managing Director; New Investment Committee formed; Strategic aim established to increase pathways to economic empowerment and social cohesion; with a focus on (a) opening education; training and employment pathways to those facing ingrained barriers to participation; and (b) developing community sport as a pathway to inclusion and cultural connection for those facing ingrained barriers to participation.

History

A journey of impact.

May 2002

Bennelong Foundation (Australia) is established as a Prescribed Private Foundation by Jeff Chapman AM and Carena Shankar, founders of the Bangarra Family Office.

2002

First round of grants distributed in Victoria, Australia supporting medical and crisis support.

2003

Medical Research, Community Health, Youth, Crisis Support and Migrant Welfare confirmed as focus areas.

2004

First paid employee - Susan Frances - appointed as General Manager. The first website launched; Bangarra Group staff volunteering and engagement commences.

2005

Inspired by the Foundation’s support for the Victorian Arabic Social Services’ Anti-Racism Action Band, directors adopt a philosophy of supporting grassroots work that is obviously making a difference for the people involved. First granting framework is developed.

2006

More than $1 million distributed for the first time. The first grant supporting a First Nations-led program is made to Ganbina. The concept of ethical investing is introduced.

2007

A Youth Committee is formed focusing on education.