Macquarie Group Foundation 2018 Annual Review

Emma Austin and Arunthethy Thevaraja, Winners of Fundraiser of the Year, 2018 Macquarie Staff in the Community Awards

$A28.3 million

money given this year

60,000 hours1

time volunteered during the year


non-profits supported


employees on non-profit boards

Chair's message

Message from Shemara Wikramanayake – Chair, Macquarie Group Foundation

Our focus on the communities where Macquarie staff live and work helps to maximise our social impact by leveraging our staff time, expertise and networks as well as providing funding together with our staff. Since our inception in 1985, together with our staff, we have contributed $A330 million to community organisations around the world.

Our people

How staff in Australia have supported the community over the year:

We volunteered our time and skills to support children’s education and those affected by cancer. We’ve supported people living on or around the streets of Kings Cross and those suffering from the loss of a loved one.

We matched our Australian staff’s fundraising efforts in support of abandoned and disadvantaged kids in China and underprivileged women and children in Sri Lanka.

Image caption: Artur Kaluza (sixth from right), Winner of Pro Bono Adviser of the Year, 2018 Macquarie Staff in the Community Awards, pictured with the School for Life team in Uganda.

How staff in the Americas have supported the community over the year:

We responded to relief efforts following unprecedented natural disasters. We matched fundraising efforts to help feed New York’s homeless, support sick children and their families and rehabilitate incarcerated people through the power of music.

Our staff took the pledge to mentor young people and celebrated that 100 young people have graduated from the LEADs mentoring program, a long time grant partner.

Image caption: Calgary staff hosted over 400 people at the Annual Shuck off and Seafood Feast held during Foundation Week 2017.

How staff in Asia have supported the community over the year:

We funded shelters for abused and underprivileged children in Korea.  We matched fundraising efforts in aid of a home for at-risk girls in Mumbai and organisations working to support vulnerable communities across Asia.

We volunteered our time at after school education centres in Japan, on community radio programs for job seekers in Gurugram and as role models for young girls considering a career in technology in Singapore.

Image caption: During 2017 Foundation Week, Manila staff held a fundraising event for the Make a Wish Foundation.

How staff in EMEA have supported the community over the year:

We volunteered our time to mentor students in London and helped build capacity for eight non-profits using staff skills on six-month-long projects. Staff in our European offices and in South Africa volunteer their time to support homeless shelters and orphanages.

We matched fundraising efforts to enable more children to get a good education in Romania, to train a new assistance guide dog in Ireland and responded to relief efforts following fires in both the UK and South Africa.

Image caption: During 2017 Foundation Week, London staff held a cycling challenge with Helen Richardson-Walsh, Olympic gold medal hockey player.

Staff champions

Each year, outstanding staff contributions to the community are recognised through our Macquarie Staff in the Community Awards. Individual winners and team awardees receive $A10,000 to donate to the non-profit organisations they support while the office winner receives $A20,000. Highly Commended awards of $A2,000 are also given.

Grant making focus area

At the Macquarie Group Foundation, we want to achieve the most significant social impact possible, using not only our financial resources but also the skills and networks of Macquarie employees.

Our impact


America Needs You




Modern slavery project

Europe, the Middle East and Africa


Our grant partners2

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America Needs You America Needs You supports economic mobility for ambitious, low-income college students by providing intensive career development, mentorship, networking and holistic support. Our grant is supporting ANY's national expansion in the US.
Cristo Rey Cristo Rey is one of the few private schools in Greater Houston that exclusively serve low-income students. Our grant supported a work-study partnership with the school that helps offset tuition fees for promising students.
Double Discovery Center The Double Discovery Center at Columbia College works with low-income and first-generation college-bound Manhattan area youth to ensure high school graduation, college enrolment and completion and responsible adulthood. Our grants fund college tours for low-income students and the Macquarie LEADS program for high school interns.
Opportunity Network The Opportunity Network works to equal the playing field for highly motivated students from low-income and historically underrepresented backgrounds by facilitating access to colleges, career opportunities, and professional networks. Our grant supports a fellowship program that supports students from grade 10 through to college graduation and into a career.
Philadelphia Futures The mission of Philadelphia Futures (PF) is to provide Philadelphia's low-income, first-generation-to-college students with the tools, resources and opportunities necessary for admission to and success in college. Our grant helps PF run programs aimed at reducing the institutional, academic, social and financial barriers to college and career success.
The Hay Center The HAY Center is a public/private organization that empowers current and former foster youth in the Houston area to be successful, productive adults through training and mentorship in education, employment and personal achievement. Our grant is funding a pilot of a bridge housing program for youth who are leaving foster care, and need additional supports and experiences before moving into a more independent living arrangement.
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Dallaglio RugbyWorks Dallaglio RugbyWorks is a long-term skills development programme based on rugby, which aims to help teenagers outside of mainstream education into sustained education, employment or training. Our grant supports the RugbyWorks programme in London-based schools.
Islington Giving Islington Giving is an independent group of funders, businesses, residents and voluntary organisations working together to tackle poverty and inequality in Islington. Macquarie is the founding funder of the BIG Alliance (Businesses for Islington Giving).
Leadership Through Sport and Business LTSB provides school leavers from disadvantaged backgrounds access to careers in accounting, business and finance. Our grant forms LTSB's principal corporate funding. 
ReachOut ReachOut helps change the lives of young people from disadvantaged communities in London and Manchester through one-to-one mentoring. Our grant supports ReachOut's academy and mentoring programme.
The Prince's Trust The Prince's Trust is a youth charity that helps young people aged 13 to 30 get into jobs, education and training. Our grant funds the Prince's Trust Macquarie Youth Index and most recently supporting the implementation of a new technological infrastructure platform.
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A Better Chance Foundation ABC provides financial assistance to economically challenged but motivated children to receive schooling. Our grant covers ongoing high school education for 45 students.
Agrasar Agrasar implements high-impact skill programs that help disadvantaged, migrant youth lead more meaningful and dignified lives. Our grant supports one centre in Kapersera, Gurgaon, as well as a community radio program that connects to youth in hamlets within 10 kms around Gurgaon City.
Enrich Personal Development Ltd (Enrich HK) Enrich provides financial and empowerment education for migrant domestic workers. Our grant is funding the provision of online, user-friendly and engaging educational resources on financial literacy and economic issues
Fair Employment Foundation FEF seeks to positively change the system of recruitment and hiring of migrant labour throughout Asia. Our grant is funding awareness raising around ethical hiring of domestic workers. 
Hagar International Hagar works with women and children who have suffered severe human rights abuses. Our grant is supporting the transition and reintegration of its clients back into family and community life.
Justice Centre Hong Kong Justice Centre works to protect the rights of Hong Kong's most vulnerable migrants through advocacy and direct legal and social assistance. Our grant is helping Justice Centre focus its efforts on human trafficking and forced labour. 
Kherwadi Social Welfare Association  KSWA focuses on vocational training for people who have not finished high school. Our grant supports one centre in Adilabad, a remote town city near Hyderabad. 
Lend A Hand India LAHI's program complements existing secondary school curricula with employment-related skills. Our grant is supporting a three-year pilot to enhance its program for students across 20 schools in Mumbai and Pune).
Magic Bus India Foundation MB builds life-skills in adolescents both in and outside of the education system to assist with educational attainment and employment. Our grant supports one community centre and 20 schools in Bhiwandi, a semi-rural area near Mumbai. 
Mitra Technology Foundation MTF facilitates individuals and corporate employees to volunteer in different ways with NGOs across India. Our grant is supporting its iVolunteer initiative to identify emerging and best-practice models of volunteering. 
Mother's Choice Mother’s Choice serves children without families and pregnant teenagers in Hong Kong. Out grant is funding the creation of a holistic L&D Framework, incorporating both core and job competencies, skills and attributes required for both staff and volunteers, so they can provide best in class care.
New Resolution India NRI runs livelihood programs in community centres (called Bright Future) with youth in Mumbai slums. Our grant supports two Bright Future centres in Mumbai. Bright Futures is also supported by another Macquarie partner, Princes Trust International, which is piloting its 'Get Into' model in Mumbai.
Safe Water Network India SWN works alongside communities in Ghana and India, providing people with daily access to safe water. Our grant is supporting SWNI's set-up of three solar water treatment facilities in India.
Seefar Seefar works to facilitate more opportunities for vulnerable people to advance themselves. Our grant is funding an information campaign for prospective first time migrant domestic workers in rural Indonesia 
Suryoday Trust Suryoday Trust provides education to children with mental disabilities and provides counselling services to parents. Our grant funding supports the organisation to run an occupational therapy centre, by purchasing equipment and hiring a specialist to operate it.  
Voice of the Free  Voice of the Free (formally Visayan Forum) works to address human trafficking, particularly the exploitation of domestic workers. Our grant supports community education and business programs to help mitigate the risk of this form of modern slavery. 
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Akina Foundation Ākina supports ideas driving positive social or environmental change through social enterprise. Our grant is helping grow Akina's impact investing. 
Ardoch Foundation Ardoch provides education support for children and young people in disadvantaged communities. Our grant supports staff to take part in Ardoch's Literacy Buddies volunteering program where they exchange letters with young people.
Aurora Project Aurora supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples' academic aspirations. Our grant is supporting Aurora's high school outreach program which aims to inspire young people to achieve their educational goals by hearing from Indigenous role models. 
Australian Wildlife Conservancy AWC conserves native animal species and the habitats in which they live through land sanctuaries and land management. Our grant is helping increase the ecological return on investment in national park management.
BackTrack (through Social Ventures Australia) BackTrack supports high-risk young people in country New South Wales through work and personal skills development. Our grant supports BackTrack, in partnership with Social Ventures Australia, to increase its efficiency and provide community mentoring to other regional organisations working with similar young people. 
Batyr Batyr focuses on preventative education in the area of youth mental health. Our grant supports Batyr's mental health awareness programme at the University of South Australia.
Can Too Foundation Can Too Foundation supports the research, prevention, care and control of cancer. Our grant provides capacity building support for Can Too Foundation in its establishment phase as a new, independent entity.
Cancer Australia Cancer Australia is a national government agency working to reduce the impact of cancer on all Australians. Our grant supports the Pink Ribbon Breakfast which is held on Pink Ribbon Day during Breast Cancer Awareness Month each year.
Centre for Independent Studies CIS issues fact-based practical research and encourages/provokes debate on liberty, the rule of law, free enterprise and an efficient democratic government. Our grants support 'The Prosperity Project' (an Indigenous research program) and 'Five from Five' (a literacy research program).
Centre for Social Impact (UNSW) CSI works to improve the delivery of social impact programs in Australia through research, teaching, measurement and public debate. Our grant is supporting an update of 'The Compass', CSI’s guide to navigating social outcomes and impact measurement; as well as a research project looking at the role of youth mentoring in  wellbeing, economic engagement and supportive communities for young people.
Cerebral Palsy Alliance  Cerebral Palsy Alliance provides services to people with a physical or neurological disability. CPA won Macquarie's Social Innovation Award in 2017; our funding is supporting its ‘Remarkable Accelerator Program’, which provides seed funding and support to early stage start-ups using technology to facilitate improvements for people with a disability. 
Clontarf Foundation Clontarf Foundation aims to improve the education, discipline, self-esteem, life skills and employment prospects of young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men. Our grant supports the Clontarf program at Chifley College’s Bidwell Campus in western Sydney.
FAUNA Research Alliance FAUNA RA draws together the skills and capacity of individuals, communities and organisations to future-proof Australasia’s unique native animals. Our grant is providing seed funding to support FAUNA Research Alliance to establish itself as the backbone organisation for the wildlife biodiversity sector.
Financial Markets Foundation for Children   FMFC works to improve the health, welfare and well-being of Australian children. Our grant is used to fund research programs and other projects to support this work.
Good to Great Schools Good to Great Schools supports schools in rural and remote communities across Western Australia, the Northern Territory and Queensland to improve educational outcomes. Our grant is providing capacity building funding to help scale Good to Great Schools' work.
Hayden Reynolds Tiwi Garden Project Tiwi College offers quality secondary education to all Tiwi young people. Our grant is funding work experience and employment opportunities and healthy eating for College students.
Hello Sunday Morning Hello Sunday Morning encourages a healthier drinking culture in Australia. Our funding is helping HSM achieve long-term sustainability by adopting a scalable, integrated and preventative alcohol treatment model that integrates with the private health insurance sector. 
Jawun Jawun forms partnerships to benefit corporate, government and Indigenous Australia. Our grant provides capacity building support for Jawun's activities in the East Kimberly region of Australia.
JDRF Australia JDRF Australia's funds research to find a cure for type 1 diabetes and its complications. Our grant supports the JDRF Macquarie Group Foundation Future Research Leaders Program which is developing type 1 diabetes research leaders for the next generation. 
KidsXpress KidsXpress helps children impacted by trauma through the use of expressive therapy. Our grant is supporting KidsXpress to translate what was once only a targeted (to children) therapy program into a comprehensive whole-school support program.
Multiple Sclerosis Research Australia  Multiple Sclerosis Research Australia funds and coordinates MS research in Australia. Our grant supports a Senior Researcher and Practitioner Fellowship who will collaborate on research and the translation of this research into direct clinical practice. 
National Indigenous Culinary Institute NICI offers training and experience for aspiring Indigenous chefs under the culinary guardianship of some of Australia’s top restauranteurs. Our grant supports an Indigenous trainee chef gain experience and qualifications.
Opportunity International Australia OIA provides socially focused microfinance for families in more than 20 countries around the world. Our grant supports 'Social Performance Management', a tool which assists with data collection, analysis and reporting to help ensure funding is going where it is needed most.
SEFA Partnerships SEFA Partnerships works with social purpose organisations to improve their capacity and work amongst disadvantaged communities and people in Australia.  Our grant supports Kick Starter, a business planning mentoring and small grants program for early stage social ventures.
Social Ventures Australia  SVA works to improve the lives of people in need by offering funding, investment, and advice to support organisations to increase their social impact. Our grant is supporting SVA to strengthen the social impact bond market in Australia.
SYC SYC connects community services to people in need. Our funding is supporting the expansion of the Get Into Program, which prepares disengaged young people for the labour market and helps them retain employment. 
The Big Issue The Big Issue magazine is a fortnightly magazine sold on the streets by homeless, marginalised and disadvantaged people. Our grant supports The Big Issue to host a Big Shift event in support of the Women’s Subscription Enterprise, creating work opportunities for vulnerable women who do not feel safe selling the magazine on the streets.
The Funding Network Australia TFN facilitates giving through live crowdfunding events. Our capacity building grant is employing a pitch coaching manager who will increase the number of non-profits accessing TFN’s services.
The Song Room The Song Room uses a range of programs to help give children across Australia access to music and creative arts education. Our grant is seed funding The Song Room's ARTS:LIVE social enterprise initiative, which aims to improve education outcomes for disadvantaged Australian children.
Thomas Kelly Youth Foundation  TKYF works to foster a responsible drinking culture, reducing alcohol and drug-related violence and anti-social behaviour. Our grant is helping expand TKYF's Safe Space and TAKE Care Ambassadors program, assisting vulnerable youth to get home safely.
Women’s Community Shelters In partnership with local communities, Women's Community Shelters provides shelters for women and children in need of accommodation and other social services. Our funding supports the employment of a Shelter Network Manager who ensures the smooth operation and best-practice service delivery of each shelter. 
From left to right: Shemara Wikramanayake (Macquarie Group Foundation), Professor Nadia Badawi, Rob White, Peter Horsley, Tracey Jordan (Cerebral Palsy Alliance) and Lisa George (Macquarie Group Foundation).

Social innovation

In 2017, Macquarie’s biannual Social Innovation Award was awarded to the Cerebral Palsy Alliance (CPA), an organisation providing services to thousands of people with a physical or neurological disability and their families. CPA is using the $100,000 Award to fund its ‘Remarkable Accelerator Program’, which provides seed funding and support to early stage start-ups using technology to facilitate social and economic inclusion for people with disabilities.

Rob White, CPA's CEO, says the charity's vision is to maximise independence for people with disabilities through access to the latest technologies, specialised equipment and products that can enrich their lives.

"This Award will enable us to provide four $20,000 grants over two years to disability tech focused start-ups. Additional funds will be used to engage user testers (people with disabilities) to help with product validation of start-up products and services, and for mentor facilitation and recognition."

Previous Macquarie Social Innovation recipients are Hello Sunday Morning (2015) and The Fogarty Foundation (2014).

James Tylor, Un-resettling (A frame hut), 2013, hand coloured digital print edition of 5, 50 x 50cm © the artist.

Macquarie Group Collection Year in review

A part of the Macquarie Group Foundation, the Macquarie Group Collection acquires art by emerging Australian artists, in all media, around the theme of The Land and Its Psyche.

Established in 1987, the Collection is on display in more than 40 Macquarie offices worldwide and includes more than 800 works, which are selected by a volunteer committee of Macquarie Group staff and a curatorial expert. The Macquarie Group Collection has a 30-year heritage of supporting emerging Australian artists.

Now in its sixth year, the Macquarie Group Emerging Artist Prize supports and recognises a new generation of Australian visual artists.

The Macquarie Group First Nations Emerging Curator Award was established by Macquarie Group Foundation and the Australia Council for the Arts to celebrate the 30th Anniversary of the Macquarie Group Collection and mark the 50th Anniversary year of the 1967 Referendum.

Macquarie Sports Year in review

Participation in sport plays an important role in strengthening and developing children and communities. The social, health and lifestyle benefits associated with sport shouldn’t be limited to those who can afford to participate. Macquarie Sports removes this barrier to participation in sport by providing free clinics to a wide range of communities around the country.

Utilising high profile sports people as ambassadors for the program, the aim is to inspire and motivate those participating. Macquarie Sports has directly reached over 200,000 children since 1999 with 5,318 children participating in the last calendar year.

  1. Contribution figures comprise Macquarie Group Foundation matching support for staff donations and fundraising; Foundation donations to commemorate staff attaining 10-year and 25-year anniversaries at Macquarie; Foundation grants to not-for-profit organisations to recognise 12 months of board service by a Macquarie employee; and Macquarie Group and Foundation grants to community organisations. In the 12 months to 31 March 2019.
  2. Grant funds either paid in full or utilised during the 12 months to 31 March 2019.