Findex Community Fund Names Additional Partners for International Charity Initiative

These organisations join existing partners across Health, Education and Entrepreneurship sectors for charitable support from the FCF

Melbourne, AUSTRALIA — 30 April, 2018 — The Findex Community Fund (FCF), a charitable initiative founded to support programs focusing on health, education and entrepreneurship, has today announced three additional partners in Australia — Ronald McDonald House Charities Australia, Country Education Foundation and the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal.

The FCF is committed to raising millions of dollars over the course of a long term program. with all proceeds going towards the funding of initiatives across Australia and New Zealand. With a unique approach to dispersing charitable funds, members of Findex’s network across Australia and New Zealand assist with driving donations to regional charitable projects. Since the launch of the Findex Community Fund in February we have been able to provide support to over 30 charitable organisations.

These new partnerships will see increased investment, across health, education and entrepreneurship, in ongoing programs being managed nationally.

Ronald McDonald House Charities Australia – provides a ‘home away from home’ for families of seriously ill children being treated at nearby hospitals ensuring they are better placed to cope and help their children heal.

  • In 2018, the FCF will cover the cost of 289 nights’ worth of accommodation to support Australian families having to travel long distances for the treatment of their child’s serious illness.

Country Education Foundation – helps rural and regional youth access education, training and jobs through grants, scholarships, support services and resources.

  • In 2018, the FCF will provide up to 43 individual grants to help school leavers to attend university across rural and regional Australia.

Foundation for Rural and Regional Development (FRRR) – an organisation established to stimulate rural and regional renewal in Australia. FRRR collaborates with ABC to run the annual Heywire Youth innovation grants program. This helps communities take action on the ideas generated by young Australians.

  • In 2018, the FCF will partner with the FRRR to help fund four grants within the ABC Heywire program including: ‘Bridging the divide between city and rural’ and ‘Enhancing engagement with medical professionals’.

Discussing the newest partners of the Findex Community Fund ecosystem, Chief Financial Officer at Findex and FCF Director, Matt Games said: “The FCF has galvanised our whole team, encouraging a philanthropic appetite throughout our capital city and regional offices. Selecting these charities as partners is important for us in terms of giving back to local communities. Not only has the FCF chosen to support these charities, but our local team members have also donated funds to help these programs individually. With these additional partners, it means we are doing more to support regional communities every day and I am very proud to be a part of that.”

Barbara Ryan, CEO Ronald McDonald House Charities Australia, said: “The generosity from FINDEX and it’s recently launched Community Fund will see over $60,000 donated to Ronald McDonald House Charities Australia (RMHC) since 2017. This amount will support over 400 nights of accommodation costs for our families travelling long distances for the treatment of their child’s serious illness. We really appreciate that the Findex Community Fund is taking the partnership and relationship with RMHC so seriously and with such passion. We are very fortunate and grateful to have wonderful supporters.”

All charity partners will receive ongoing financial support from Findex in the form of repeating grants, as well as having access to a range of professional services to support organisational growth.

About Findex Community Fund

The Findex Community Fund (FCF) partners with charities across Australia and New Zealand to create equal access to opportunity for people isolated by location or circumstances, focusing on initiatives covering Health, Education and Entrepreneurship.

The Findex Community Fund also provides support through community donating, and matched gifting, supported by Findex’s network of more than 110 locations across Australasia. To learn more about the Fund please visit www.findex.com.au/community

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