Macquarie Group Foundation

Global grant making focus

A common outlook across the globe

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. 

Across the world, there are young people who need greater support to overcome the social barriers they face. Our global grant making focus aims to break down these barriers and provide social and economic opportunities to those who will benefit most. 

The majority of the Foundation’s grant funding is directed to organisations supporting social and economic opportunities for young people in the communities where we live and operate, with each region concentrating its efforts on issues with local relevance. 

Each of our four regions – the Americas, Asia, Australia and EMEA (Europe, the Middle East and Africa) – faces distinct challenges and priorities, which is why we have selected the following regional approaches to create the greatest social impact. 

Through both the giving of grants and by creating opportunities for staff engagement, including mentoring, training and employability programs, we are helping to support young people as they enter education and employment.

Empowering young people to build a better future


In Australia we support organisations providing economic engagement for young people through education, employment and training. 

Find out more about the Australian focus area by reading research we commissioned by the Centre for Social Impact and worked on with McKinsey & Company and AlphaBeta. We have also commissioned research through the Centre for Evidence and Implementation that reviewed the effectiveness of interventions in educational and employment outcomes for young people.

Read about current grant partners, Melbourne Indigenous Transition School (MITS), Shoreline and CareerSeekers or watch the video about the Raise Foundation.



In the Americas, we support organisations promoting college access, success and career attainment for underrepresented youth.

Here you can find out more about our annual Mentoring Week and our Leadership, Education, Advancement, Development and Support (LEADS) internship program.

Read more about our grant partner Philadelphia Futures and hear more about our strategic grant partnership with The Opportunity Network in our following video.


In Asia we support organisations providing better migration outcomes for migrant workers as a means to combat modern slavery.

Since late 2014, we have been directing efforts towards preventing and responding to modern slavery, including a focus on issues affecting migrant domestic workers. You can find out more about this in our most recent regional research report or by reading our grant-making framework.

Read more about our grant partners the Aidha and Agrasar, Fair Employment Foundation and Voice of the Free, and hear more about our regional focus in our video below.



Europe, the Middle East and Africa

In Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) we support people (16 years and over) to achieve their social mobility aspirations through employment by offering training and reskilling opportunities throughout their lifetime. 

In 2020, we ran our inaugural Social Mobility Week, celebrating our grant partners and recognising our organisation as a Top 75 employer in the UK Social Mobility Index. You can read our grant partner, the Social Mobility Foundation here.

As a founding funder and member of the BIG Alliance (Businesses for Islington Giving), we have sought to play an integral role in our local community supporting Islington Giving and the BIG Alliance team to run initiatives such as Mentoring Works and the CoRe (Community Resourcing) programme.

Our current grant partners1

In focus: supporting organisations providing economic engagement for young people through education, employment and training.

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Aurora Education Foundation
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.
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Campbell Page Limited
Campbell Page supports people on the journey to  employment. Our grant  supports work with sole parent women to gain sustainable employment and help their children achieve their educational potential.
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CareerSeekers connects newly settled humanitarian entrants (refugees) with corporate Australia to increase workforce participation. Our grant enables CareerSeekers to recruit, support and place 50 students into workplace internships.
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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.
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Creating Chances
Creating Chances uses sport as a delivery mechanism and incentive for learning. Our grant supports its work with year 10,11 and 12 students to help them explore further education and employment opportunities.
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Generation: You, Employed, Inc
Generation is a global organisation which recruits, trains and places young people into career-launching jobs. Our grant is contributing funding towards the two year pilot launch of Generation in Australia.
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Melbourne Indigenous Transition School (MITS)
MITS provides educational choice to Indigenous students from remote and regional communities across Australia. Our grant supports the employment of a program manager who works with MITS students in a range of ways to enable their success.
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Making Waves Foundation Inc

Making Waves Foundation auspices the Shoreline program (formerly Junior Indigenous Marine and Environmental Cadet program). Our grant is directed towards senior secondary college Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students, helping them to undertake traineeships and providing a pathway to employment.
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PCYC NSW works with young people to help them reach their potential through police and community partnerships. Our grant funds Fit For Work programs in western Sydney, helping young people transition from vocational training into work experience and then full-time employment or apprenticeships.
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Raise Foundation
Raise Foundation aims to improve the wellbeing of young people in Australia at risk of disengaging, by delivering best-practice mentoring programs. Our grant supports Raise in its goal of making its mentoring program available in every public high school by improving its technology offering.
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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 supports the Pathways to Skilled Employment Program, which seeks to gather evidence to help government, employers and young people design and deliver programs to address employment issues.
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Together 4 Youth
Together 4 Youth is a collaboration of 11 non-profit organisations, which have united to amplify the voice of young people and effectively support them through their education to improve life-long outcomes. Our funding is part of a funders collaboration which will support Together 4 Youth to undertake research and development work.

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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.
For Purpose Investment Partners
For Purpose Investment Partners (FPIP) is Australia's first dedicated, large scale social impact investment manager. FPIP has an explicit focus on five social sectors of significant social need and where capital investment can create meaningful change outcomes: skills education, aged care, mental health, disability, and social affordable housing.2 
SEFA Partnerships
SEFA Partnerships works with social purpose organisations to improve their capacity.  Our funding supports Kick Starter, a business planning mentoring and small grants program for early stage social ventures.

In focus: supporting organisations promoting college access, success and career attainment for underrepresented youth.

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America Needs You (ANY)
America Needs You supports economic mobility for ambitious, low-income college students by providing intensive career development, mentorship, networking and holistic support. Our funding supports and sustains the Chicago Fellows program, support the launch of a Los Angeles based Fellows Program, and a new digital curriculum that will support ANY students nationally.
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Breakthrough NY
BTNY is a tuition-free, ten-year college success program committed to getting high-potential, low-income middle school students to and through four-year colleges. Our grant supports the college and career coaching and program support for students
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Double Discovery Center at Columbia University (DDC)
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 funds support new financial literacy and career readiness programs to help students map their college to career success.
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Girls Inc New York City (GINYC)
Girls Inc NYC delivers vital educational programs that inspire girls to be strong, smart, and bold. Our grant supports Project Reach, which seeks to expand existing program offerings to gain a better understand the factors involved college attrition, and to address them with the ultimate goal of increasing graduation rates.
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Graduate NYC
Graduate NYC (GNYC) is dedicated to increasing college readiness and completion rates throughout New York City for low-income and first generation college students. Our grant contributes to the College Completion Innovation Fund which supports innovative projects that impact college access and completion for underrepresented youth.
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OneGoal Houston
OneGoal’s mission is to close the degree divide in America. Its vision is that every young person will have an equitable opportunity to achieve their greatest postsecondary aspirations. Our funding supports a college persistence program pilot that involves peer mentoring and online support.
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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.
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Take Stock in Children
Take Stock in Children is a non-profit in Jacksonville supporting underrepresented youth to achieve college completion. Our funds will establish a college division and support college persistence programming for low income students.
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The 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.

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The HOPE Program
HOPE works with New Yorkers to lift themselves out of poverty through training, jobs and career advancement. Our capacity building grant supports HOPE to assist more job seeksers into employment.

Racial Equity Fund

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Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)
LISC invests in people and places to address longstanding deficits and disparities in housing, employment, education, safety and justice, and health.  Our funding will support neighbourhoods in Philadelphia and Jacksonville to implement community-centered strategies to advance racial equity by reducing crime, improving neighbourhood safety, and increasing opportunity.  
Robin Hood Foundation
The Robin Hood Foundation is NYC’s largest poverty-fighting organization, with a 30-year record of improving the living standards of low-income New Yorkers and dismantling barriers to opportunity. Our funding supports Robin Hood’s POWER FUND, a new initiative to fund and elevate non-profit leaders of colour who share the organisation’s mission of increasing mobility from poverty, while addressing the interplay of racial and economic injustice through their work. 
YWCA USA works to eliminate racism, empower women, stand up for social justice, help families, and strengthen communities. Our funding will support the WE 360° Program which provides women of color entrepreneurs in Houston with access to key tools to start their own businesses and create jobs in their communities.

In focus: supporting organisations providing better migration outcomes for migrant workers as a means to combat modern slavery.

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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.
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Aidha works to empower and provide opportunities for foreign domestic workers and lower-income women to transform their lives through sustainable wealth creation. Our grant supports Aidha to create short financial courses for foreign domestic workers, so as to empower them to make better, more informed financial decisions.
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Asha India Foundation
ASHA is dedicated to improving the lives of Delhi’s urban poor through programs covering health, education, empowerment, financial inclusion and environmental improvements. Our grant is supporting a program to increase the number of young people attending college, by assisting young people in slums to reach higher education and in turn break out of the intergenerational cycle of poverty.
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Bright Future
Bright Future works with youth in urban slums of Mumbai to provide life skills and improve employability through their livelihood training centres. Our grant funds two livelihood centres in Mumbai and supports capacity-building within the organisation.
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Bosconet works to improve lives of marginalised and migrant youth. Our grant is helping build a unique platform which integrates various support services available to migrants.
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Enrich empowers migrant domestic workers in Hong Kong to transform their lives through financial education and personal development programmes. Our grant supports the growth of Enrich’s core financial education program, as well as working to identify and explore ways to better reach and retain the migrant domestic worker community.
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Fair Employment Foundation
Fair Employment Foundation believe forced labour is a solvable world problem and develops business solutions to make the market work better for workers and employers alike. Our funding supports Fair to significantly scale its impact to help build and grow ethical employment agencies across Asia.
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Hagar Singapore
Hagar works with women and children who have suffered severe human rights abuses. Our grant supports the transition and reintegration of its clients back into family and community life, through the creation of lifeskills courses for trafficked migrants in Singapore.
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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.
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Magic Bus
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.
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Navgurukul offers low-cost, higher education and software programming training for girls from diverse, marginalised and low-income backgrounds. Our funding supports the higher education program of 14 girls in India for one year, using a local language curriculum with a strong focus on providing practical exposure to solve real-world problems, professional growth and employability.
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Naz Foundation
The vision of Naz is to create a just and equitable society by transforming individuals from socially and economically excluded communities into agents of change. Our grant supports Naz's One Nation Netball Cup, which brings together 13-16 year olds from economically disadvantaged backgrounds, and provides opportunities to develop skills and build a sense of social inclusion and community.
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Oasis India work to improve the lives of victims of human trafficking as well as children and youth in disadvantaged circumstances. Our grant is supporting skills training of trafficked women in four locations across India.
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Samhita - Collective Good Foundation
Collective Good Foundation is implementing a project to improve the lives of sanitation workers in Maharastra through training, awareness and protective gear distribution and usage.
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Splash Foundation Limited
Splash Foundation promotes safety, empowerment and connection for under-resourced communities in Hong Kong through swimming. Our funding supports Splash’s Development Program, extending the reach of the program, while creating a group of community organisers to deliver programs, support events and share knowledge.
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Voice of the Free
Voice of the Free works to address human trafficking, including the exploitation of domestic workers. Our grant supports community education, training and alternative business programs to help mitigate the risk of this form of modern slavery..

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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 college education for 45 students in Manila.
Mother's Choice
Mother’s Choice serves children without families and pregnant teenagers in Hong Kong. Our 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.
Olympic Gold Quest (OGQ)
OGQ supports the training and preparation of India's top athletes. Our grant supports 24 athletes in their journey to win an Olympic medal.
OM Foundation
Om Foundation envisions bringing a change in the lives of the underprivileged children by ensuring all-round development and providing them with quality education, healthcare, and balanced nutrition. Our grant supports the primary section of the school
Sheows is a facility offering residential care services to homeless senior citizens in Delhi NCR. Our grant funds the running costs as well as the setting up of a special care unit for senior citizens
United Way Mumbai
UWM endeavours to address problems that are too large or complex for any one agency to solve. It plays the role of a catalyst in the development sector, to drive social change. Our grant is helping the local hospital for police personel with a Dialysis unit. 
Voluntary Organization in Community Enterprises (VOICE) - by Sanjeevani 
VOICE works with neglected, vulnerable and deprived children of Mumbai. Our grant helps with nutrition, skills training and income generation.

In focus: supporting organisations that promote social mobility for young people through education and employment opportunities.

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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.
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Duke of Edinburgh International Award (Germany)
The Award aims to inspire, guide and support young people through self-development, recognise their achievements, and increase social and economic mobility. Our funding will support a project to bring the Award to schools with high percentages of at-risk students in the eastern part of Germany.
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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).
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Leadership Through Sport and Business
The BIG Alliance enables employee volunteering and engagement in community, voluntary and not-for profit organisations, employability projects and schools, colleges and universities across Islington.
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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.
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Social Mobility Foundation (SMF)
Social Mobility Foundations supports high-achieving young people from disadvantaged backgrounds into top universities and professions. Our grant is funding the Aspiring Professionals Programme to provide students with an insight into banking and finance (Birmingham Cohort)
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Universify is addressing educational inequality in the UK by supporting young people experiencing disadvantage to study at university. Our funds are building the capacity of Universify to continue expanding its programs.

Our grants criteria:

  • ability to demonstrate current or potential opportunities for Macquarie staff involvement
  • ability to demonstrate the organisation is promoting economic and social opportunity
  • working in collaboration with other organisations in the sector to deliver the proposed program or project

The Foundation doesn’t accept unsolicited grant proposals.

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  1. Grant funds either paid in full, utilised or committed between 1 April 2019 and 1 July 2020.
  2. The Macquarie Group Foundation has provided core operational funding to For Purpose Investment Partners.