Sydney Community Foundation, established in 2004, has almost over two decades of experience connecting philanthropy with Sydney communities in most need. SCF has overseen the distribution of almost $12 million to innovative, grassroots charities who design and run projects that support people at greatest risk in the Greater Sydney area. Grants ranging between $5,000 to $200,000 have supported projects that create belonging and wellbeing; education and employment pathways; build safety and independence; and transform communities and place. As Sydney’s only independent community foundation with a local geographic focus, SCF has the granting expertise to guide giving from Private Ancillary Funds; Corporates; and Individuals; to local high-impact projects that are community led, sustainable social investments.

SCF projects recognise the barriers faced by those struggling in our city, alleviating poverty and suffering by encouraging the strengths of the individual in their journey to independence. Supporting people one-by-one, we build stronger communities.

Established in 2008 as a sub-fund of Sydney Community Foundation, Sydney Women’s Fund (SWF) is changing lives for women and families, growing financial independence and opportunity to determine their own future. SWF has a 15 year history of applying a gender lens to grantmaking in the Greater Sydney area. ‘SWF Portrait research’ forms an evidence base to inform Government; Private Ancillary Funds; Corporates; and Individuals; on resource gaps in social investment in women and girls and guide their granting to greater equality and impact.

With Sydney Women’s Fund support, one social enterprise has become five, providing employment to people in need; a business skills class a retail shop; at-risk youth the first in three generations to finish school; young girls saved from prostitution and empowered to make better life choices; long-term unemployed re-skilled and job ready; domestic violence survivors counselled and supported; refugee women, tortured and traumatised, are gently supported to recovery and a new life with their families in Sydney.

Led and supported by a community of Sydney’s leading professional and business women in philanthropy, SWF invests, inspires and supports opportunities for local women and families to thrive.

Working with local Sydney charities and grassroots champions, Be Kind Sydney co-designs programs to help those struggling in our city. Together, we innovate to give people experiencing poverty and suffering the chance to create their own futures.

A Public Benevolent Institution, this DGR1 structure enables us to accept donations from Private Ancillary Funds (PAFs) for the first time.

Using our local knowledge, we can now better support the trustees of established charitable trusts and foundations to grant for impact to Sydney's many grassroots charities, helping them make a difference to Sydneysiders most in need.

Be Kind Sydney exists to leave no-one behind.