St.George Foundation -
supporting Australian children

St.George Foundation focuses on helping smaller community organisations that work to provide a brighter future for socially, economically or physically disadvantaged children. The charities we fund attract little assistance from the government and are not able to generate significant fundraising income of their own. We want to support the AWESOME work they do for children in our community.

A little goes a long way, and with your support we can continue to help even more little dragons. Importantly, St.George Bank covers all our administration costs so all donations go straight to improving the lives of children in Australia.

$28,000,000

in funding grants has been awarded

800,000

little dragons have been provided with a brighter future

27

27 years

we have been supporting Australian children since 1990

800

charities and community organisations have been supported

Community Grants

St.George Foundation has two Community Grant funding rounds per year. Our next funding round opens on Monday 14 August and will close on Friday 29 September 2017.

Please review our Funding Guidelines to determine your organisation’s eligibility prior to commencing your application.


In round one 2017, we’re delighted to award grants of up to $50,000 to eight small community organisations:

Inspire Grant

St.George Foundation’s Inspire grant is a large, multi-year funding grant of up to $600,000 over three years for the purpose of providing innovative interventions that will change the course of a child’s life and inspire their future prosperity.

In its’ inaugural year Australian children’s charity Missing School is the winner of the Inspire grant to help keep seriously sick or injured kids connected to their regular schools. Over the course of three years the grant will fund telepresence robots into schools across the nation to demonstrate a technology to keep seriously sick or injured kids connected to their regular classrooms.

Expressions of interest will open in early 2018.

Megan’s Story

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When Megan Donnell’s children, Isla (7) and Jude (5), were diagnosed with the rare and fatal childhood condition, Sanfilippo Syndrome, Megan and her husband Allan were handed a photocopy of an outdated brochure by an overseas foundation and told there was nothing they could do.There was no treatment, no cure and no hope.

Like many parents of children with a rare genetic disease, Megan desperately wanted to understand more and began searching for answers via any means she could find.

What she found was the research was far more advanced than she had anticipated and soon she began making contact with a global network of researchers, pharmaceutical companies and patient groups and families raising funds for scientific research into the condition.

Megan identified an opportunity to start the Sanfilippo Children’s Foundation and negotiated bringing a targeted medical research program to Australia.

Megan said, “the life expectancy for children living with Sanfilippo Syndrome is just 12-20 years. There is no treatment available, so a child diagnosed with this condition is faced with many challenges. One of the major challenges for rare conditions is isolation and a lack of information. Because we are rare, we don’t have a ready-made support base.”

St.George Foundation is partnering with the Sanfilippo Children’s Foundation to provide much needed resources to other Australian children diagnosed with this fatal childhood condition, providing $42,500 to the Sanfilippo Children’s Foundation.

The funds provided will be used to implement an “Identify, Inform and Involve” program which aims to identify and engage with children battling Sanfilippo and provide them and their families’ updated scientific progress in the field, emerging treatments and clinical trials.

Since 1990, St.George Foundation has partnered with more than 800 community organisations to invest more than $28 million to provide a brighter future for children in need.

Our Team

Vanessa Barry

Vanessa Barry

Executive Officer

Brendan McGufficke

Brendan McGufficke

Marketing and Communications Manager

Melissa Jacka

Melissa Jacka

Finance Manager

Gabrielle Ferguson

Gabrielle Ferguson

St.George Foundation Coordinator

Abbey Moore

Abbey Moore

St.George Foundation Coordinator

Our Governors

John Thame

John Thame

Chairman of St.George Foundation

George Frazis

George Frazis

Chief Executive, Consumer Bank,
Westpac Group

Christine Parker

Christine Parker

Group Executive, Human Resources, Corporate Affairs & Sustainability, Westpac Group

Martine Jager

Martine Jager

Chief Marketing Officer, Westpac Group

Danny Robinson

Danny Robinson

General Manager, St.George Leagues Club

Jo Horgan

Jo Horgan

Founder and CEO of Mecca Brands

Our Upcoming Events

St.George Foundation Golf Classic

Date: Thursday, 11 May 2017
Enjoy a fantastic day on the green, network with senior business leaders and come together to support small Australian children’s charities.

Women in Leadership Luncheon

Date: Thursday, 8 June 2017
Hear from one of Australia’s leading women in business. In previous years this event has attracted keynote speakers such as Gail Kelly, Lucy Turnbull AO, and Ita Buttrose AO OBE.

Foundation Ball

Date: Thursday, 26 October 2017
A black-tie event complete with quality entertainment and lively fundraising activities. The St.George Foundation Ball is truly a night of magic, sparkle and glamour.

Thank you to our AWESOME supporters!

Supporters

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For enquiries about grants in Victoria contact

For enquiries about grants in South Australia and Northern Territory please contact

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