Who we are

We build Stronger Sydney Communities


Photo: Liverpool Champion coverage of the Abel-Dunn Court opening in Warwick Farm (June 2016). 

Sydney Community Foundation, founded 13 years ago, is Sydney’s first public community foundation. We encourage donors to invest in charitable projects where the need is greatest. By using an evidence-based approach we can provide responsible advice to donors on how best to share and invest their wealth to improve the lives of others. We measure and report on outcomes. Some of our donors want to give for immediate impact 'now', others want to build an endowment so their gift goes on 'forever'. 

We invest funds given to the Sydney Community Foundation with prudence and make grants with care. Our board are volunteers and donors, they are prominent Sydney professionals and community leaders giving back to Sydney.

Our Mission

We are an independent not for profit fund that actively encourages philanthropic investment from individuals, government and business for Sydney and its people now and for the long term. We exist to help every Sydneysider thrive. 

Our Work

We are well respected for our Place-Based Philanthropy program ProjectWOW! in south western and western Sydney.  Through our Place-Based Philanthropy we give to grassroots organisations and change lives one-by-one and in turn strengthen whole communities. 

Building a Fund for Sydney's Future

We are focused on building an endowment for Sydney and its people, enabling the trustees to make more annual grants to needy organisations. Our mission is to help close the increasing gap between those who enjoy all the advantages of a great city and a growing number of people in poverty.

By giving to Sydney Community Foundation Endowment Fund your gift will last forever, with a core fund building while grants are given from interest. If you want to see the change you are making now you can support our current priority projects to meet the needs of Sydneysiders now and the grassroots organisations that support them.

Our Sydney Women’s Fund


Sydney Women's Fund's Annual Saluting Sydney Women Lunch event at the MCA (2014 event honoured former SCF Patron, The Honourable Dame Marie Bashir AD, CVO).

We are well known for the work of our Sydney Women’s Fund that has had great impact in transforming the lives of women and girls across Sydney.

“Sydney Women’s Fund works for a community where all women and girls can achieve their potential to live safely without fear of discrimination or disadvantage, and enjoy the full benefits of life in Sydney.”

- Rosalind Strong AM, Vice Patron Sydney Community Foundation

What is Sydney Women’s Fund?

Sydney Women’s Fund is supported by a network of inspired women who give as a force for change. Their generosity helps women and children in Sydney to thrive, with the aim of making Sydney a strong, safe, vibrant community with opportunity for everyone.

By bringing people, ideas and funding together these informed donors play a part in ensuring that Sydney is a place where all women and girls can achieve their full potential.

Support for women’s education, learning and training is a key goal, and for talented women to achieve their goals as artists enriching Sydney’s cultural life.

Through strategic giving from Sydney Women’s Fund the Sydney Community Foundation’s wider work is supported.

Sydney Women’s Fund’s focus on community building is for the long haul and grants from it enable the board of Sydney Community Foundation to:

  • Give to projects that change the lives of women and girls
  • Gather evidence on issues impacting on women’s lives to inform giving
  • Advocate for women’s safety, shelter, education, employment and independence