Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation

Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation was established as an independent public foundation in 1923 by the Lord Lord Mayor of the day, Sir John Swanson. The Foundation is a community foundation that holds funds from bequests and donations. 75% of our granting is focused on four impact areas: Homelessness & Affordable housing, Education and Employment (youth and older people focus); Sustainable Melbourne (food, water and sustainable energy focus) and Healthy and Cohesive Community. 25 % of granting is donor advised, some within the impact areas. The corpus of the Foundation is Aus $220 million. The Foundation supports not for profit social enterprise in our four impact areas and has a partnership with Social Traders Australia to support social enterprise development. The Foundation has an allocation of 1.5 – 2.5% to social impact investing within its investment policy and has established an affordable housing loan fund with SEFA of AUD 3 million and invested in another equity impact investment. The Foundation applies and Ethical Investment Policy to its investments.



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  • Catherine Brown

    Catherine Brown

    Chief Executive Officer at Lord Mayors Charitable Foundation

  • Mark Rochford

    Mark Rochford

    Charitable Fund Holder at Lord Mayor's Charitable Foundation

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