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Australian Ethical Foundation

Australian Ethical Foundation


Our 10% difference

Every year, we donate 10% of profits (after tax and before bonus) to the Australian Ethical Foundation to unearth and fund the most effective charities and solutions addressing climate change. Since 2000, we’ve donated over $6 million, driving positive outcomes for people, animals and the planet in Australia and overseas.

View FY20 Impact Report


Discover the planet’s wish list

Giving Green & our Foundation are making it easier for you to give back to the planet.

We’ve funded Australia’s first extensive research into the most impactful climate change charities, so you can donate with complete confidence.

A snapshot

By utilising and funding leading research, we aim to be the pioneer in effective climate philanthropy in Australia, leading the way for other funders to follow.


donated since 2000


provisioned for donations in FY21


charities supported to fight climate change


Our approach

The Foundation’s vision is to direct as much philanthropy to the most effective solutions addressing the climate emergency. This is because we believe a sustainable planet - free from climate disaster – underpins all of Earth’s systems (from ecosystems to capital markets) and allows for people and animals to thrive.

We do this by utilising and funding leading research and analysis to unearth the most effective charities addressing climate change. We aim to be the pioneer in effective climate philanthropy in Australia, leading the way for other funders to follow.

See Theory of Change

Focus areas

Using our 'Visionary Grants' to fund innovative new projects, and our 'Strategic Grants' to fund proven and scalable projects, we seek to create grassroots and systemic impact in line with these three themes.


Stopping sources of carbon

Australia is a global leader in the export of fossil fuels and livestock agriculture, so it’s important we shift domestic energy policies, energy creation and food supply towards cleaner solutions - while ensuring this process is equitable and empowering for all.


Supporting carbon sinks

Temperate and tropical forests, seagrass meadows, tidal marshes and mangrove forests sequester large amounts of atmospheric carbon. They also provide vast biodiversity benefits for the planet, supporting most ecosystems that underpin life on earth.


Educating and empowering women and girls

Securing gender equality, providing women with greater access to education, and advancing women’s wellbeing is one of the leading solutions to addressing climate change.

Grant winners

The Foundation distributes grants through two funding streams:

Visionary Grants
Visionary Grants

A public grant round targeted at innovative climate solutions. See the 2021 winners.

Strategic Grants
Strategic Grants

Private by-invitation funding directed at effective climate charities.


The Australian Ethical Foundation is a registered charity.

Australian Ethical acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the country on which we work, the Gadigal people of the Eora Nation, and recognise and celebrate their continuing connection to land, waters and culture. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging and thank them for protecting Country since time immemorial.