Our Story, Our People

Who is VFFF?

VFFF is a thriving family foundation, with family members spanning three generations active in its current work. Founded in 1962, we have distributed more than $185 million to Australian communities. Honouring our Founders’ legacy, we strive to play the most useful role we can, joining the efforts of so many working for a better Australia.

We see our best role as enabling communities and people impacted by social issues to lead change.

This means – especially with our larger grants - we look to take bold and thoughtful risks on high potential organisations that are forging new ways of working and reaching for catalytic impact.

We aim for 60% of our funds to reach rural and regional communities. We also aim for 75% of our funds to meet operational costs and capacity building, especially to enable organisations through critical times of transition or development.

We fund registered charities in NSW and QLD whose work aligns with our two funding areas.

Our Thriving People and Places grants are about people and communities reaching their educational, social and economic potential and about working together to find better ways to confront persistent issues. Our Christianity grants focus on young people having positive experiences of Christianity.

VFFF also occasionally supports initiatives that are of special interest to the Fairfax family, such as ethics and leadership.

Vision

In honouring our founders’ beliefs and intentions, VFFF seeks opportunities to benefit and care for Australians and our country.

Mission

VFFF aspires to a stronger and brighter future for people and places experiencing disadvantage, enabling them to reach their educational, social and economic potential and build thriving communities.

We support a spiritually rich society that values Christian faith in action.

"This action was taken on the basis that my children are well provided for, and hopefully, in their turn will contribute further assets to this Family pot of gratitude for all the benefits we have received since landing in Australia in 1838."

Vincent Fairfax,1973

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"We want to be effective in our giving, leave an impression, a lasting legacy. We have to be strategic in our giving, we have to collaborate with others and take ownership of our learnings on what has and has not worked. Good philanthropy is leading by example, particularly as the new wealth of young entrepreneurs is increasing. Our role is also to encourage others to give."

Fairfax family member, 3rd generation

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