Macquarie Group Foundation

Global grantmaking focus

Each of our four regions face distinct challenges and priorities, which is why each region concentrates on issues with local relevance and aims to create the greatest social impact.

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

Empowering young people to build a better future


In Australia, we support organisations helping young people to participate in jobs that prepare them for a better future. Our grantmaking focuses on:

  • encouraging employers to take an active role in creating opportunities
  • employment pathways for the future of work
  • increasing entry points to employment

Find out more about the Australian focus area by reading our grantmaking framework and the evidence compiled by Social Ventures Australia (2021).

Supporting youth employment programs for a better future


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

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 Heights Philadelphia and hear more about our strategic grant partnership with Instituto Four in our video.

Instituto Four, Macquarie Group Foundation partnership


In Asia, we support organisations enabling better migration outcomes for migrant domestic workers and young people.

Since late 2014, we have been directing efforts towards preventing and responding to modern slavery, with a focus on issues affecting migrant domestic workers. You can find out how we are helping migrants build a better future in our recent International Migrants Day article, in our regional research report or by reading our grantmaking framework.

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

Improving the livelihoods of migrant workers

Europe, the Middle East and Africa

In Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA), we support people (16-80yrs+) to achieve their social mobility aspirations through employment, with an emphasis on enduring jobs and meaningful work. 

In 2020, we launched 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 about our grant partner, the Social Mobility Foundation.

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.

Social Mobility Foundation strategic partnership

Our current grant partners

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Generation is a non-profit with a mission to transform education-to-employment systems to support adults achieve economic opportunity and mobility through a career. Our funding will support over 2,000 people into jobs in the green, technology and health sectors that would otherwise be inaccessible to them. It will also support Generation develop a digital mentorship platform to improve learner outcomes across their programs.

In focus: supporting young people to participate in jobs that prepare them for a better future.

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Brotherhood of St Laurence (BSL)

The Brotherhood of St Laurence is a social justice organisation working to prevent and alleviate poverty across Australia. Our funding will help drive more effective and community-led solutions to youth unemployment by expanding the Compass tool developed by BSL, that puts place-specific data into the hands of local stakeholders and decision-makers.
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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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Foundation for Young Australians

The Foundation for Young Australians’ mission is to back young people aged 12-30 years to transform the future. FYA invests money and time into young people's ideas, skills gaps and networks, reflecting its belief that young people should be the central agents of change. Our funding will enable YLab (a social enterprise arm of FYA) to directly employ young people to co-design improved services and systems in the areas of health, education and employment.
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Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation

The Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation (LMCF) inspires philanthropy to create positive social change. Our funding is contributing to the establishment of a pooled philanthropic fund, managed by LMCF, that will support work integrated social enterprises employing young people who face barriers to mainstream jobs.
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Shoreline connects schools with training organisations and employers, helping senior secondary college Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students obtain a vocational qualification and secure a pathway to employment. Our grant supports Shoreline’s capacity to undertake this.
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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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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 has supported Together 4 Youth to undertake research and development work and will now support the implementation of a pilot program.
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White Box Enterprises

White Box Enterprises builds, supports, and advocates for jobs-focused social enterprises. Our funding will build on the implementation of the Federal Government’s Payment by Outcomes trial led by White Box Enterprises, with the aim of supporting up to 750 participants to access entry level jobs and transition pathways by 2025.

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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College Advising Corps

College Advising Corps works to increase the number of low-income, first-generation college, and underrepresented high school students who enter and complete higher education. Our funding will support a new pilot program focused on professional development opportunities for College Advising Corps advisers – recent college graduates with lived experiences similar to the high school students they support.
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Heights Philadelphia

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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Instituto Four

Instituto Four seeks to select, train, and develop young people who think about ways to solve Brazil's biggest problems and aim to be in the main decision-making spaces in the country. Our funding will create scholarships for two students to complete the ProLider program, fund an award (in honour of the late Mr. Hitoshi Castro) and contribute to Instituto Four’s seed funding deposit for an endowment.
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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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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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United Negro College Fund

The United Negro College Fund empowers students to get to and through college each year. Our funding will support the Institute for Capacity Building (ICB) pilot program that will target the re-enrolment of students at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HCBUs) whose educational studies have been interrupted because of COVID-19. The program will impact eight universities and engage 3,600 students.

Racial Equity Fund

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Bullard Center for Environmental & Climate Justice

The Robert D. Bullard Center for Environmental and Climate Justice at Texas Southern University was launched to address longstanding issues of systemic inequality and structural racism that cause disproportionate pain, suffering and death in Black and other people of color communities. Our funding will be used to fund a new historically black college or university (HSBU) EJ Climate Corps at Texas Southern University. The program will equip young people with the tools they need to become the next generation of leaders and educate them on climate change and its impact on communities of color.
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 enabling access to decent work opportunities for migrant workers, so they can achieve better migration outcomes.

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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 helps migrant domestic workers and low-income women achieve economic independence through financial education. Our funding will support Aidha to significantly scale, from directly benefiting 850 beneficiaries in FY2022 to close to 10,500 beneficiaries annually by the end of the grant period in FY2026.
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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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Asia Pacific Mission for Migrants (APMM) 

APMM is committed to supporting the migrant movement through advocacy, organising and building linkages for the advancement of migrants’ rights. Our grant supports the Women’s Encounters program, which aims to build and enhance the grassroots community movement of women migrants across Asia, to advance rights, promote collective wellbeing and enable mutual support and learning.
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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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EmpowerU (Migrasia)

EmpowerU provide high-quality education to those on the margins, so they can use their voice to create a better future. Our grant will support the development and execution of the upgraded Migrant Domestic Worker Curriculum in collaboration with The University of Hong Kong.
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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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Jan Sahas

Jan Sahas has been working with migrant workers and vulnerable communities in India for the past two decades. Our funding will support district migration resource centres in Gurugram.
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Lotus Petal Foundation

Lotus Petal Foundation provides education, nutritious meals, healthcare facilities and skill development to the children and young adults in India. Our funding supports unemployed young adults from low-income backgrounds to participate in a programs specifically designed to make them career-ready and employable. This program enables their entry into the job market and supports secure, sustainable livelihood both at their source and destination country.
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NavGurukul offers free higher education and software programming training for girls from diverse, marginalised and low-income backgrounds. Our funding is preparing students with education, job-ready skills and building the capability of the NavGurukul team.
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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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Seefar has a mission to find a way towards a world in which vulnerable people have more opportunities to advance themselves. Our grant supports the expansion of the Safer Migration Project, which equips returned Filipino migrant domestic workers with knowledge and skills to increase access to decent work in their home country.
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Special Olympics

Special Olympics is a global movement driving inclusion for people with intellectual disabilities through the transformative power of sports. Through Special Olympics Asia Pacific, our funding supports country programs in the Philippines and Singapore by increasing quality sports training opportunities, unified sport competitions, and the development and training of coaches. In India, our funding towards the Inclusive Youth Leadership Project, will train youth in leadership and soft skills, and contribute to their personal development and employability.
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Uplifters’ mission is to uplift migrant domestic workers (MDWs) lives, by providing them with access to digital education and community support. Our grant will support Uplifters’ work in enabling MDWs to access education at scale and achieve behavioural change in money management.

Out of focus

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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.

In focus: supporting people (16-80yrs+) to achieve their social mobility aspirations through employment, with an emphasis on enduring jobs and meaningful work.

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Fundacion Tomillo

Fundacion Tomillo generates opportunities for young people (aged 12-35 years) in vulnerable situations to develop their full personal and professional potential. Our funding will support an enhanced job placement pilot programme which is aimed at supporting up to 600 young people in Madrid, with 350 people gaining employment.
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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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LTSB is a social mobility charity that prepares and supports bright young people from under-represented communities into meaningful roles with major firms. Our funding will support 120 young people aged 16-24 years to achieve their social mobility aspirations, with a target of over 75 gaining employment.
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Socialbee was founded in 2016 with a mission of facilitating sustainable integration for refugees, migrants, and their families building a life in Germany. Socialbee connects people to enduring jobs and provide the hard and soft skills training to prepare them for work. Our grant supports the expansion of Socialbee’s existing program to Frankfurt and the surrounding the Rhein-Main Metropolitan area.
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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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Street League

Street League uses the power of sport to tackle poverty and give young people the opportunities they need to succeed in life and the workplace. Our grant funds organisation and program support in Scotland.
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Telemaque aims to support social mobility in France by supporting underprivileged motivated and involved young people to reveal their full potential. Our funding will support the Telemaque Pro programme, providing mentoring, collective workshops, and financial support to over 500 young people. It will also fund the employment of a full-time mentoring officer.
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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.

Out of focus

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Baobab Foundation

The Baobab Foundation supports, grows and strengthens Black and Ethnic Minority communities in the UK. Our grant directly contributes to building solidarity, sustainability, and impact by creating an unprecedented ‘by and for’ led funding organisation with communities at the heart of decision making.

Our grants criteria

The Foundation currently has a strong pipeline of potential grants in place and as such we are not accepting unsolicited proposals.

At a minimum, our requirements are:

  • registered non-profit organisation
  • alignment to the Macquarie Group Foundation’s grantmaking focus area in the relevant region
  • ability to demonstrate current or potential opportunities for Macquarie staff involvement.

Social impact investing

Our social impact investments are focused on breaking down barriers to employment. If your organisation is seeking an impact investment visit our dedicated page to find out more.