About Us

Australian Community Philanthropy (ACP) is the peak organisation and network for community foundations in Australia, assisting them to establish, grow and achieve their objectives.  We believe community foundations are an excellent vehicle to harness local energy and assets for local community benefit.

Why do community foundations need a peak body?  As the community philanthropy movement grows, we recognized the value of collective effort, collaborative practices, and shared resources. Together we can be more than the sum of our parts, pooling our expertise and uniting our voices.

ACP exists to connect, support, represent, and guide the community foundation movement to strengthen its resources and impact.  ACP’s objectives are to:

  • Build the capacity of community foundations through providing networking opportunities, tools and resources, links and connections, advice and assistance.
  • Raise the profile and increase understanding of community foundations within the community, the broader philanthropic sector, business and government.
  • Advocate for structural and tax reforms to clear the path to a stronger community foundation movement.
  • Act as a central point of contact, information and communication for the community foundations both in Australia and overseas.
  • Help identify and create the optimum operating environment for the growth of community foundations in Australia

Our History

Australian Community Philanthropy (ACP) was established in 2007 by a group of community foundation experts to offer support to the voluntary boards and professional staff of new and established community foundations.

The Founding Directors were:

  • Sue Charlton – Stand Like Stone
  • Wayne Weaire – Tomorrow:Today Foundation
  • Catherine Brown – Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation
  • Chris Horton – Border Trust

We were incorporated in late 2007 and endorsed as a Charitable Organisation by the ATO in March 2008.  We are registered charity with the ACNC

Australian Community Philanthropy is a company limited by guarantee
ABN 11 128 866 419.