Annual Foundation festival sparks global support

02 Dec 2016

Macquarie staff and the Macquarie Group Foundation contributed more than $A2 million to community organisations globally as part of its annual Foundation Week held in October.

From puzzle-solving in Manila to head massages in Mumbai, Bollywood Zumba lessons in London to an excursion with refugees in Frankfurt, a ping pong tournament in Houston and sales of Macquarie rooftop honey in Sydney, thousands of Macquarie staff were involved in more than 240 activities benefiting approximately 175 non-profits.

Staff made the most of the special ‘2 for 1’ matching for team fundraising events, with amounts up to A$5,000 double matched by the Foundation.

The impacts made from the work around the world were many and varied, with highlights including:

In the Americas

  • 300 youth athletes supported
  • 200 meals prepared and served
  • 34 job readiness mock interviews conducted
  • 4 Habitat for Humanity home builds
  • 1 health fair

In Asia

  • 1,150 meals prepared and served
  • 300 school supplies backpacks delivered
  • 200 dogs and 20 cats cared for
  • 172 trees planted
  • 54 blood donations made
  • 35 mini-acts of kindness completed
  • 1 wall mural painted

In Australia

  • 125 students mentored
  • 590 meals prepared
  • 48 blood donations
  • 10.5 tonnes food collected
  • 1 cat adopted


  • 1,500 food parcels created
  • 70 refugees supported
  • 60 toys donated to an Eastern Europe orphanage
  • 10 seniors shown how to use social media
  • 6 pallets of dried food packed
  • 1 trip to the zoo for refugee children and their families
  • 1 homelessness shelter repainted
  • 1 Syrian supper club organised

View our photo gallery for a snapshot of the diverse Foundation Week activities held across 39 Macquarie offices between 8-23 October 2016.

Main image caption: Thousands of staff were involved in more than 240 community activities during Macquarie's 2016 Foundation Week - shown here are Houston employees volunteering at a Habitat for Humanity house build.