The Inner North Community Foundation is an independent community foundation based in Melbourne’s Inner North, established in 2007. Since 2007, we have awarded more than $4.5 million in grants to 180 community organisations across 30 suburbs in the municipalities of Darebin, Moreland and Yarra.

The Foundation partners with donors and community groups to facilitate grants and provide services that enable people to make a difference to the community we all share. Much of our focus is on building pathways to employment and economic participation. We recognise that engaging in meaningful work promotes personal and family wellbeing, strengthens social bonds and empowers people to actively contribute to community life.

To achieve our vision, we:

  • invest in local nonprofit organisations through grants and other support
  • connect donors to local community groups by managing a donor network for people to contribute small and large donations
  • build partnerships to expand community leadership across our region.

Find out more about our history here.

What is a community foundation?

A community foundation is an independent philanthropic organisation that enables local donors to contribute cash, trusts, gift-in-wills or property to create endowments that benefit the community in perpetuity.

A Community Foundation is an not-for-profit incorporated body with the following characteristics:

  1. it is charitable (ie is registered with the Australian Charities and Not for Profit Commission);
  2. it engages in community building activities and makes grants, usually for a defined geographic region
  3. the directors and members are connected to the relevant geographic region ;
  4. it is able to support a broad range of charitable purposes;
  5. and it is supported by a number of donors.

The Inner North Community Foundation is among almost 40 community foundations across Australia, and we’re a proud member of both Australian Community Philanthropy and Philanthropy Australia.

We’re a registered charity with the Australian Charities and Not for Profit Commission. (an amazing resource to understand the impact of charities in Australia – we use their site daily to meet our own fiduciary requirements)