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A Living and Lasting Legacy

  • 1962

    1962

    A pioneer of NSW philanthropy, Sir Vincent Fairfax established a family charitable trust in 1962. Although small to begin with, he hoped it would become a mighty fund for charitable distribution.

  • 2007

    2007

    Lady Nancy Fairfax bequeathed a large amount of her estate to VFFF on her death in 2007, transforming its potential to benefit generations of Australians.

  • Now

    Now

    Sir Vincent and Lady Fairfax’s children, grandchildren and great grandchildren continue to build on the philanthropic foundations they laid. Family members play an active role in VFFF’s work, bringing their ideas and experiences to the table to honour the legacy of their predecessors and continue the family’s tradition of giving back to the country that gave them so much.

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It takes a town

It Takes a Town arose from recognition that while many years of child-centred service delivery has made a positive impact in the lives of many families, it has not been enough to arrest deepening disadvantage in the Murwillumbah region.


Australian Futures Project

$263,000 to facilitate agriculture sector engagement to identify and design three actions or innovations to support the viability of agriculture in NSW.


Primary Ethics

Primary Ethics was founded by St James Ethics Centre in 2010 after the NSW Government tasked it with delivering ethics education in primary schools.


Jesuit Social Services

$60,000 towards ‘Dropping off the Edge’, a research initiative mapping social disadvantage across Australia.


Australian Museum Trust

$108,472 over two years towards a pilot education program providing positive cultural experiences to indigenous young people in custody.


Birrang

Getting a licence is a game-changer – and for some more than others. This grant established the Maranguka Driving Licensing Initiative, as part of the Justice Reinvestment work in Bourke.


Human Rights Law Centre

VFFF supported HRLC’s efforts with Indigenous partner organisations to address the over-imprisonment of Indigenous children.


Humanitarian Hub

$340,000 to coordinate volunteer management to better meet the needs of people seeking asylum in NSW.


Hastings District Respite Care

$261,214 over three years to develop and implement a new dementia service model using Montessori principles.


Careerseekers

$200,000 over three years to establish the CareerSeekers New Australian Internship Program.


The Social Outfit

The Social Outfit is a social enterprise based in Newtown, Sydney. It uses fashion to provide training and employment for people from refugee and new migrant communities in the greater Sydney area.


Story Factory

$106,666 to employ a grant writer, building fundraising capacity to enable the establishment of a new centre in Parramatta, Western Sydney.


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Supporting the vision and hard yakka of inspiring Australians

Who is VFFF?

VFFF is a thriving family foundation, spanning three generations of the Vincent Fairfax family. 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 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.

What do we fund?

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.

We often fund operational costs and capacity building, especially to enable organisations through critical times of transition or development.

How do we work?

Every grant starts with a conversation with one of our team, to learn about what you do, and what you see as your opportunities and hurdles. We’ll take time to see if our priorities align and if they do, we will try to construct our support around what is most important to you.

Annually, we aim for 75% of our funds to support core operations and capacity building, and 60% for work in rural and regional communities. We’ll ask you to share your learnings to help inform and strengthen our future work.

What have we supported lately?

Grants are approved quarterly by the VFFF Board and Grants Committee. Find out more about new grants approved this quarter.

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towards ‘Dropping off the Edge’, a research initiative mapping social disadvantage across Australia.

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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."

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A Living and Lasting Legacy

  • 1962

    1962

    A pioneer of NSW philanthropy, Sir Vincent Fairfax established a family charitable trust in 1962. Although small to begin with, he hoped it would become a mighty fund for charitable distribution.

  • 2007

    2007

    Lady Nancy Fairfax bequeathed a large amount of her estate to VFFF on her death in 2007, transforming its potential to benefit generations of Australians.

  • Now

    Now

    Sir Vincent and Lady Fairfax’s children, grandchildren and great grandchildren continue to build on the philanthropic foundations they laid. Family members play an active role in VFFF’s work, bringing their ideas and experiences to the table to honour the legacy of their predecessors and continue the family’s tradition of giving back to the country that gave them so much.

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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.

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