Established in 2002 by the Group, the Bennelong Foundation aims to enhance community wellbeing and provide opportunities for positive and lasting change in our community. The Foundation also aims to provide opportunities for people within the Bangarra Family Office to personally get involved in the activities of the organisations it supports.
In June 2020, Bennelong Foundation UK was established as a charitable incorporated organisation.
As a sister organisation to its Australian counterpart, Bennelong Foundation UK extends Bangarra Family Office’s philanthropic reach and our model of caring, creating real-world opportunities for our UK based subsidiaries to be able to provide philanthropic support across the communities in which we work.
Our impact for 2021-22:
Bangarra sustainability & community
All of the Bangarra Family Office commercial activities are engaged in various sustainability programmes ranging from the management of ethical investing in the public equity and debt markets to the designing of highly integrated multi-generational living communities. In each of these activities the Group is conscious of the use not only of economic capital, but also social capital, intellectual capital and human capital and employs a number of data driven techniques to calculate its target and actual returns on these classes of capital.
Bangarra is currently building its approach to developing positive returns for the natural capital upon which we all depend and completing this task is a priority for the Group.
our reconciliation action plan
Our Vision for Reconciliation
At the heart of the Bennelong Foundation and Bangarra Family Office is community and caring.
Since inception the Bennelong Foundation and Bangarra Family Office have had a deep respect for First Nations peoples, our names inspired to celebrate and recognise strong and bold Aboriginal leadership. In 2019 the Group made a commitment to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Awareness Training to improve our knowledge and increase our capacity to work safely, respectfully, and effectively with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, families, and communities. We were introduced to the world of Indigenous histories and cultures ways of being, the impacts of colonisation, and the local communities where we work on a deeper level than we had before.
Through this journey we have been moved and inspired, we have learned the importance of truth-telling and acknowledged the shared histories of First Nations peoples of Australia and other Australians as well as the necessity to heal past and ongoing injustices. It has deepened our commitment to an Australia that embraces unity and a shared vision of the future and opened opportunities for the Group of businesses to participate in the reconciliation journey beyond grant-making.
In 2022, the Bennelong Foundation and Bangarra Family Office decided to make a formal and structured commitment to our vision of reconciliation through the development of our first Reconciliation Action Plan.