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Vincent Fairfax Ethics in Leadership Foundation

‘Let us remember that the power and wealth of a democracy is measured not only by the number and quality of its eminent leaders but by thousands of ‘little’ leaders who provide its real strength.’

Vincent Fairfax address at the opening of the Birthright Conference, 8 October 1983.

VFFF Ethics in Leadership

The Vincent Fairfax Ethics in Leadership Foundation (VFELF) was established by the Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation and Fairfax family members with the particular aim of developing ‘ethical leadership’ in Australia. Through funding a number of programs in leadership development, VFELF seeks to support the development of high standards of ethics in leadership so that outstanding Australians can expand their capacity to make a significant impact for the good of the community.

During the latter part of his life, Sir Vincent was particularly keen to encourage the development of good leadership. He envisaged that the landscape of leadership in Australia would be shaped by people who would lead their communities and organisations with their thoughts, beliefs, decisions and actions grounded in a sound ethical framework.

VFELF-funded programs aim to equip participants with the insights, conviction, behaviours, skills and knowledge to make considered ethical decisions and actions, having regard to those affected and treating others as they themselves would wish to be treated.

 

The Wisdom Project

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The Wisdom Project is a collection of stories from the inaugural cohort of the Vincent Fairfax Fellows that completed the programme more than 20 years ago. Drawing on the balance of time and experience, these stories document the paths taken by the Fellows since the conclusion of their first programme. The Wisdom Project provides a candid snapshot of the challenges inherent in ethical leadership, and how the Fellowship continues to inform the professional and personal lives of the Fellows long after its conclusion. Our sincere thanks to author John Landmark and all the inaugural Fellows for their generosity in sharing their stories.

 

Board of Directors

Angus D. White
VFELF Director from 9 December 2009
VFELF Chairman from November 2013

The Honourable Robert N. Cartwright
VFELF Chairman 1 December 2007- 14 October 2013
VFELF Director from 24 September 2006

James M. Millar AM
VFELF Director from October 2016

Ruth Armytage AM
VFELF Director from October 2016

Timothy V. Fairfax AC
VFELF Director from October 2016

Annabel F. Dulhunty
VFELF Director from October 2016

Suzanne Cridge
VFELF Director from October 2016

Joseph O’Brien
VFELF Director from October 2016

For Director biographies, please see VFFF Board of Directors

Organisations supported

VFELF currently supports:

Latest Grants

  • Aboriginal Legal Service (NSW/ACT) & Just Reinvest NSW
    $388,263 to explore expansion of justice reinvestment in NSW.
  • Mirabel Foundation
    $300,000 towards the expansion of the Mirabel team to the Hunter region, to support children who have been orphaned or abandoned due to parental ilicit drug use and their kinship carers.
  • Youthworks
    $338,000 towards Youth Ministry expansion in Western Sydney and deployment of the Ministry Survey.
  • Country Universities Centre
    $520,049 towards employment of academic mentors across the network - Cooma, Broken Hill, Goulburn, Narrabri, Moree, Grafton, Griffith and Leeton - to support students in academic success.
  • The Royal Hospital for Women Foundation
    $50,000 towards Malabar Midwives, a culturally appropriate service contributing to maternal health outcomes for Indigenous women in Malabar, Maroubra and La Perouse.
  • Twin Rivers Centre
    $42,718 towards the Hand Up program in Eagleby, supporting a community experiencing intergenerational poverty by creating employment opportunities.
  • Burraga Foundation
    $50,000 towards the Storylines School Based Trainee program, an opportunity for Indigenous students to gain valuable work skills and experience through paid employment.
  • Arts North West
    $25,000 towards the North West Film Festival, engaging young people in rural communities in creative digital and analogue screen media.
  • Chester Hill Anglican Church
    $31,644 towards supporting the Children's Ministry in a rapidly growing community.
  • Sports Chaplaincy Australia
    $49,483 towards the Sports Chaplaincy in junior sport netball pilot.
  • Abbeyfield Australia
    $40,452 towards the successful establishment of new independent housing for young people with disabilities in Wagga Wagga.