From the gifts of time and money, the Foundation runs a number of programs that support disadvantaged people throughout Australia and internationally that help access remote communities as well as supporting, training and developing youth and disadvantaged people.
The Living Culture Program
Cultural Infusion’s Living Culture program works to preserve cultural diversity in impoverished communities in Africa and Asia. We recognise that community cultural practices imbue members with a sense of identity and belonging.
This program supports science and engineering-qualified migrants who have struggled to find appropriate work in Australia, and train them as science presenters for school environments.
The FReeZA program
A youth development program that provides opportunities for young Victorians aged 12-25 across metropolitan, regional and rural Victoria to access live music events and other cultural, recreational and artistic events that are drug, alcohol and smoke-free in supervised and safe venues.
Dr. Colin Benjamin has had a long and varied career in the public sector and appointments in the not‐for‐profit community sector, including Director of the Victorian Council of Social Service. He has been involved with the ‘Life. Be in it.’ campaign since its inception in 1975 and been the Director General ofLife. Be in it. International since 1993 and is a Director of the Victorian Branch of the Australian Association of Social Workers.
Elizabeth Gertsakis was born in Florina Greece. She has a degree in Fine Art and English from Melbourne University and studied for a Masters Degree in Comparative Critical Theory from Monash University.
From the age of 18, Quincy Hall has immersed himself into the world of live performance in Melbourne and Victoria, and has played a formidable and important role as a consultant, designer and manager of countless events. He remains a highly sought-after event designer, stage manager, show director and content writer.
Wurundjeri Community Elder, Chairperson Australian Indigenous Consultative Assembly, Trustee of the National Gallery of Victoria, honorary Professor of Swinburne University.
Ian Roberts is Managing Director of ID Roberts Pty Ltd, a consulting and event management company with clients including Harold Mitchell Foundation, Mitchell and Partners, Museum Victoria, Strange Fruit, the Australia Council, and many more.
International United Nations (UN) United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) Friends of the Earth Harvard World Model United Nations (WorldMUN) AIA Group
State Government Arts Victoria Australian Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development Department of Premier and Cabinet Lotterywest (WA) Office for Youth (Victoria) Commission for Children and Young People (WA) Office of Crime Prevention (WA) Office of Multicultural Interests (WA) VicHealth
Education Deakin University Department of Education and Training (VIC) Education Week 2007 Propel Youth Arts (WA) RMIT University School Focused Youth Service (VIC) Swinburne University of Technology Western Edge Youth Arts (VIC) La Trobe University
Community Australian Multicultural Foundation (AMF) Besen Family Foundation Beyondblue Busta Groove Dance Studio CELAS – Spanish Latin American Welfare Centre Coca-Cola Australia Foundation The Fred Hollows Foundation Friends of the Earth – Australia Healthway (WA) Heart Foundation Helen Macpherson Smith Trust (formerly Helen M Schutt Trust) The Ian Potter Foundation Koorie Heritage Trust Make-A-Wish Australia Pratt Foundation Council for a Parliament of the World’s Religions Smarter than Smoking
Federal Government Austrade (Australian Trade Commission) Australia Council for the Arts Australian Electoral Commission Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFTA) Department of Immigration and Border Protection (formerly Department of Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs) Australian Government Initiative – Playing Australia Committee
Local Government City of Melbourne City of Moonee Valley Parramatta City Council City of Perth City of Port Phillip Strathfield Council City of Subiaco City of Yarra Darwin City Council Maribyrnong City Council
Corporate Arts Centre Melbourne FreeZa National Press Club Melbourne Museum Australia Post Australian Open 2013 Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) Football Federation Australia (FFA) – Soccer Australia Federation Square Life. Be in it Sydney Royal Easter Show Royal Melbourne Show Perth Zoo (WA) Special Broadcasting Service (SBS) SYN International Customer Management Institute (ICMI) Telstra Optus Samsung Electronics Australia Pty Ltd K-Swiss Westfield Shopping Centre Crown Melbourne Allegro Online – Auction Beat Magazine