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$A520+ million1

contributed since inception

$A44 million2

contributed in FY22


community organisations supported

$A5+ million4

in value donated through skilled volunteering

Who we are

The Macquarie Group Foundation drives social impact work for Macquarie Group. We support our people, businesses, and communities to build a better future, and engagement with our people is at the heart of everything we do. We aim to leverage both financial and non-financial resources to achieve the greatest social impact possible.

Recognising that many people around the world face systemic barriers to employment, the majority of our funding focuses on breaking down these barriers and building effective pathways to economic security.  

Macquarie Group Foundation: Empowering people to build a better future.

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Supporting the communities in which we live and work through the Macquarie Group Foundation

In this episode, we explore the work and impact of the Macquarie Group Foundation – the philanthropic arm of Macquarie Group.

Our host Lisa George, Global Head of the Macquarie Group Foundation is joined by Erin Shakespeare, the Global Head of Philanthropy for the Foundation. Together, they discuss some of the initiatives and causes recently supported by the Foundation and how they encourage our people to give back by contributing their service, leadership and financial support to the causes and community serving organisations they feel passionately about.

Humanitarian support for Ukraine

In support of communities and families across Ukraine, our people and the Macquarie Group Foundation have to date1 donated a total of $A3.5 million to organisations working to provide vital humanitarian support. Recipients included International Medical Corps and Razom.
We stand with the people of Ukraine and recognise the considerable suffering they are facing. We hope that these funds will provide practical help to those who need it most during this extremely challenging time.

Employee engagement

We have an employee-led approach to giving, supporting our passionate people to contribute service, financial support and leadership to community organisations they choose, in the communities where they live and work. This means we leverage their time, expertise and networks for greater social impact.

We provide funding in a number of ways, including:

  • matching staff donations and fundraising
  • providing grants to a community organisation with a Macquarie staff member on its board
  • donating to a staff-nominated organisation for 10 and 25 year employee anniversaries
  • financial awards to community organisations recognising outstanding Macquarie staff contributions
  • making grants to organisations which meet our grants criteria (a small number of grants outside of these criteria may also be made at the Foundation’s discretion).

We’re strategic in our grant making

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 on issues with local relevance. We do this so we can achieve the most significant social impact.

We’re strategic in our impact investing 

The Foundation is expanding the impact and sustainability of our community efforts by making a small number of social impact investments. Using alternative forms of capital is another way we're working to support social and economic opportunities.

Broader community

The Macquarie Group Collection and Macquarie Sports sit within the Macquarie Group Foundation. 

  1. As at 31 March 2022
  2. Contribution figures comprise Macquarie employees’ donations and fundraising; Foundation matching support for employees’ donations and fundraising; Foundation donations to commemorate employees attaining 10-year and 25-year anniversaries at Macquarie; Foundation grants to non-profit organisations to recognise 12 months of board service by a Macquarie employee; and Macquarie and Foundation grants to community organisations in the 12 months to 31 March 2022.
  3. In the 12 months to 31 March 2022.
  4. In the 12 months to 31 March 2022. Figure calculated using Taproot Foundation’s average hourly value of pro bono service ($US195 per hour converted to $A259.24 as per exchange rate on 31 March 2022) multiplied by Macquarie employees’ skilled volunteering hours (19,180 hours).