David Clarke Social Innovation Fellowships

Our David Clarke Social Innovation Fellowships recognise, promote and reward innovative ideas that address social needs, and encourage lateral thinking on community issues.

About the Fellowships

The Macquarie Group Foundation’s David Clarke Social Innovation Fellowships are presented biennially to leaders of non-profit organisations in Australia, Hong Kong, the United Kingdom and selected US cities (New York, Chicago, Houston and Philadelphia).

Recipients of the Fellowships receive a grant payable to their non-profit organisation ($A20,000, $HK150,000, £10,000 or $US20,000, depending on their location) to cover airfares, accommodation and other costs associated with an international trip/s (proposed by each applicant) to visit and research best practice social innovation in their field. The next application period will open in mid-2018.

Details of the most recent 2016 David Clarke Fellows can be found here.

Ann Lansberry, CEO, Community Foundation of Central Victoria and winner of the 2016 David Clarke Social Innovation Fellowship in Australia, flanked by Head of the Macquarie Group Foundation Lisa George on the left and Chair of the Macquarie Group Foundation Committee Shemara Wikramanayake on the right.

Why apply?

David Clarke Social Innovation Fellowship winner (Hong Kong), 2014

06 Jun 2016
Macquarie Group

Hear from one of Macquarie’s David Clarke Social Innovation Fellowship winners in 2014, Alia Eyres, CEO of Mother’s Choice, which cares for children without families and young women facing crisis pregnancies.

Alia used her grant to meet with research institutions, child care agencies and child development experts in the United States to learn about their best practices in caring for children and young women.

About David Clarke AO

The David Clarke Social Innovation Fellowship was established in 2012 in memory of Macquarie Group Foundation’s founding Chairman, David Clarke AO.

David left a substantial philanthropic legacy and had major personal involvement with a range of community organisations, including the Salvation Army, Opera Australia and Social Ventures Australia.

One of his greatest contributions to the non-profit sector was his model of ‘engaged philanthropy’. This innovative idea enabled community organisations to harness a company’s expertise, strategic advice, networks and staff resources, as well as its financial support.

We recognise that innovation and lateral thinking is essential for successfully addressing long-term and complex community problems.
Lisa George, Global Head, Macquarie Group Foundation