Meet the Trusts and Foundations that support Rainforest Rescue

At Rainforest Rescue we believe that together, we can achieve so much more. Below is a list of the trusts and foundations that have supported our work – these wonderful organisations are helping us Protect Rainforests Forever.

Bendigo and Adelaide Bank / Community Enterprise Foundation

Bendigo and Adelaide Bank’s vision is to be Australia’s bank of choice. They believe their success is driven by our purpose – to feed into the prosperity of their customers and the communities in which they operate. Bendigo and Adelaide Bank are committed to building the prosperity of their communities, customers, shareholders, and partners.

Community Enterprise Foundation™ offers communities and not-for-profit organisations across Australia the opportunity to raise and distribute tax-effective donations to benefit their own communities. Community Enterprise Foundation is committed to providing the expertise, tools, and resources to respond to the current and future needs of your community.

Please visit the Bendigo and Adelaide Bank website and/or the Community Enterprise Foundation website to learn more.

The Ian Potter Foundation

The Ian Potter Foundation is a major Australian philanthropic foundation that supports and promotes excellence and innovation. The Foundation was established in 1964 by Australian financier, businessman, and philanthropist, Sir Ian Potter (1902 – 1994).

The Foundation makes grants nationally to support charitable organisations working to benefit the community across a wide range of sectors including the arts, medical research, public health research, early childhood development, community wellbeing, and environmental science. The Ian Potter Foundation aims to support and promote a fair, healthy, sustainable, and vibrant Australia.

Please visit their website to learn more.

James N. Kirby Foundation

The James N Kirby Foundation, since its inception in 1967, has donated nearly $21 million across a broad charitable spectrum and is committed to distributing approximately $1m in grants each year.

As the Foundation enters its fifth decade, the third generation of Kirby’s are proudly embracing Sir James’ philanthropic philosophies. Together with the board, they oversee a breadth of grants that impact not only towards the future educational and technical development of young Australians but also on the health and welfare of many Australians in need as well as The Arts and The Environment.

Please visit their website to learn more.

Macpac Fund for Good

Macpac is passionate about creating long-term change for the good of people and the planet. The Macpac Fund for Good (FFG) is their way of giving back – helping  organisations committed to protecting the environment and its wildlife, and having a lasting positive impact on people’s lives through the outdoors. Macpac recently updated their selection process, by targeting non-profit organisations referred by Macpac Team Members and their local communities, while also placing more focus on those areas of Australia and New Zealand that previously have not received FFG support.

Please visit their website to learn more.

Morris Family Foundation

The Morris Family Foundation invests in projects and organisations with meaningful social, economic, and environmental impact both at home in Australia, and internationally. They support innovative organisations that shape real and systemic change at the heart of the complex problems facing our world. In 2019, the Foundation implemented a ‘climate lens’ onto new grants, to ensure that all giving is working towards safeguarding a liveable climate for all. This means that all Morris Family Foundation grantees are working towards a zero-carbon future through their projects. The Morris Family Foundation is a private charitable foundation and was established in 2009 as the philanthropic arm of the Morris Group.

Please visit their website to learn more.

North Queensland Wildlife Trust

The North Queensland Wildlife Trust (NQWT) was established in 2004 by the Freeman family, who own and operate Hartley’s Crocodile Adventures, Kuranda Koala Gardens, and Birdworld Kuranda. The Trust provides an easy mechanism for visitors to make an active contribution to the conservation of native species and local habitats.

Since its establishment, the North Queensland Wildlife Trust has collected, researched, and distributed funds to a wide range of wildlife causes including habitat restoration, wildlife care, rare and endangered species research. More recently the Trust provided a significant level of funding, resources, and support for the wildlife carers in bushfire affected areas in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, and South Australia.

Please visit their website to learn more.

Wild Country Environmental Fund

Georgina and Michael have been long standing givers to environmental and animal welfare groups. The Wild Country Environmental Fund, established in 2022, represents a more substantial and structured approach to their giving. A life long affinity for wilderness sees them provide funding to support the protection of the wild places, flora and fauna of Australia, looking for smart people doing good science-based work.

The Wild Country Environmental fund distributes $10,000 a quarter, with individual grants between $1,000 and $5,000 per project.

Please visit their website to learn more.

WIRES Australian Wildlife Rescue – National Grants Program

WIRES is Australia’s largest wildlife rescue organisation. WIRES has been rescuing and caring for sick, injured and orphaned native animals for over 35 years, and their mission is to actively rehabilitate and preserve Australian wildlife while inspiring others to do the same.

WIRES has committed to a $5 million dollar National Grant Program to be rolled out over the next five years. The WIRES National Grant Program (WIRES NGP) has been designed to support best practice rescue and rehabilitation of wildlife, an increase in emergency preparedness in the sector, along with native species recovery projects to improve long-term outcomes in Australia.

Please visit their website to learn more.

Other Trusts & Foundations that support Rainforest Rescue

The Bowden Marstan Foundation

Perpetual Foundation – The Scoparia Endowment

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