When Australian Ethical first began in 1986 it was written into our constitution that we would give 10% of our profits* back to the community. So giving back to the community is core to who we are.
The Australian Ethical Foundation embodies our belief that business can and should make a positive impact on the world. We give to long-term, large scale projects creating social end ecological change in our world. But we also believe in giving to the local community through smaller impact grants.
Since our Community Grants program began, we have given over $3 million to support organisations and people building strong and vibrant communities across Australia and overseas.
“Over the years we have worked with so many great organisations who are improving social and environmental outcomes in Australia and overseas,” says Australian Ethical Managing Director Phil Vernon. “With our Community Grants program we can help organisations have a unique impact at a local level.”
Our impact over the years
Since 2016, we have been supporting The Orangutan Project with their Wildlife Protection Units, safeguarding key swathes of ecologically and environmentally important rainforests in Indonesia from deforestation. The Orangutan Project employs 80 local rangers to protect 38,000 hectares of rainforest and the 1,600 orangutans that live there.
In 2017 we supported The Wilderness Society as it ran community campaigns across South Australia to oppose deepwater drilling in the Great Australia Bight by BP and Chevron. And now they’re gearing up to prevent Equinor from drilling the same pristine waters with their campaign Fight for the Bight.
In 2018 we supported some more great community programs, from training and employment programs for migrants and refugees, legal support for asylum seekers, Aboriginal language programs in the Kimberly and girls’ education in Northern Uganda.
We want to make a greater impact
As we continue our focus on grassroots organisations, we have made some key changes to the Community Grants program. This year our approach will only allow organisations with an operating revenue of less than $1.5 million. This change and other requirements are outlined in our Application Guidelines.
We want to effectively fund smaller, locally based groups who work closely in their community.
Do you know an organisation who should apply for a Community Grant? Let them know now.
Applications close 31 May 2019.
* After tax and before bonuses.