Featured Stories

Featured Stories

  • Within the Community Wellbeing program, five multi-year grants (totalling $984k) were awarded aiming to prevent homelessness, improve employment opportunities for at-risk individuals and provide wrap-around support for people experiencing mental illness.

    Five grants (totalling $2.21m) were awarded to organisations seeking to improve early childhood education and services to ensure all young Australians are provided with the essential building blocks for later life.


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    In the September 2020 funding round the Board awarded 10 grants totalling $3,284,000 across the Community Wellbeing and Early Childhood Development funding areas.


    Main image courtesy of SNAICC – National Voice for our Children.
    Second image courtesy of Smiling Mind.

  • This year, the philanthropic sector has rallied to assist the not-for-profit sector to provide additional support for service providers whose work assists those communities experiencing increasing economic stress.

    For our part, the Foundation held an additional special Board meeting in July at which several grants were awarded to some of our existing not-for-profit partners. These grants provided timely funding to support these organisations to pivot activities in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the unfolding economic crisis.

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    Despite the challenges 2020 has thrown at us, here at the Foundation we remain committed to our mission to encourage excellence, enable innovation, facilitate positive social change, and develop Australia’s creativity and capacity as a nation. We achieve this by supporting outstanding charitable organisations that are leaders in their sectors.

    Images courtesy of Smiling Mind

  • As previously announced in April 2020, the Board of The Ian Potter Foundation agreed to change its approach to grantmaking for the remainder of 2020 due to the unfolding health and economic crises caused by the combination of Australia’s devastating bushfires and the COVID-19 pandemic.  

    In July 2020, the Board of The Ian Potter Foundation held an additional special meeting at which several by-invitation grant applications were considered. Most of the grants awarded were to not-for-profit organisations in order to provide timely funding in light of the current COVID-19 pandemic. 

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    In mid-May 2020, The Ian Potter Foundation was advised that it will receive a bequest valued at approximately $22.5m.  This bequest, to be known as the Margaret Reid “Kingston” bequest, will be the largest ever donation received by the Foundation, aside from Sir Ian’s contributions during his life and the bequest from his estate after his passing in 1994.

  • Due to the COVID-19 virus, The Ian Potter Foundation has instituted a series of operational protocols for the coming weeks and months to ensure the health and wellbeing of our staff and the organisations and individuals with which we work. These protocols will remain in place until further notice.

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    We encourage all our colleagues in the not-for-profit and philanthropic sectors to stay safe, follow all government advice and ensure you continue to practice safe hygiene at all times. 

  • This past year has been one of reflection and renewal at the Foundation.  The Board’s decision, at its planning day in October 2018, to add ‘sustainable’ as a fourth element in the Foundation’s vision informed this renewal.

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    'We seek a partnership with our grantees, to pursue a strategic relationship built on mutual respect, trust and an environment that promotes transparency and open, honest conversation.'

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