Global grant making focus

Supporting social and economic opportunities for young people in the communities where we live and operate

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.


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

Here you can read about our annual Mentoring Week and our LEADS internship program, or find out more about our grant partner Philadelphia Futures.


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. Find out more about in this regional research report, which identified key recommendations and insights about how we can create better migration outcomes.

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


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, SYC Limited and Aurora Education Foundation, CareerTrackers or watch the video below about the Raise Foundation.

Europe, the Middle East and Africa

In Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) we are committed to supporting organisations that promote social mobility for young people, through education and employment opportunities. 

In 2019, Macquarie celebrated a decade of involvement in the Community Resourcing programme (commonly known as CoRe) in partnership with Slaughter and May and Islington Giving. 

As a founding funder and member of the BIG Alliance (Businesses for Islington Giving), we have sought to play an integral role in the borough, supporting Islington Giving and the BIG Alliance team to run their education programme, Mentoring Works.

Our FY19 grant partners1