At a glance

View the Foundation's Strategic Plan 2022 - 2025 »


Accountable: We are accountable to our donors.

Brave: We believe in philanthropy’s role in supporting the testing of new ideas and demonstrating innovative solutions.

Collaborative: We work as a team internally and understand the added value of working collaboratively with diverse partners.

Creative: We learn from what we do and fund.

Ethical: We apply an ethical lens to our granting and investments.

Relevant: We use research and learning to make sure we are funding and working on issues that are relevant to the community today.

Respectful: We respect difference within our team and our community.

As Australia’s largest independent community foundation, Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation inspires philanthropy to create positive social change.

Annually, the Foundation provides grants of $12 million to not-for-profit organisations throughout Melbourne to increase life opportunities and promote social inclusion.
Our grants program supports four Impact Areas including Homelessness & Affordable Housing; Inclusive, Sustainable Economy & Jobs; Healthy & Climate Resilient Communities; Generous Melbourne.
At Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation we encourage engagement and participation in community philanthropy. Our donor opportunities include gifts in wills, charitable fund accounts, giving circles and giving accounts, as well as donating to fundraising appeals.



Inspiring philanthropy. Sustained social impact.


As a community foundation, we work in partnership with our stakeholders to lead positive change. We do this through innovative and inspired philanthropy. This includes granting, community engagement, partnerships, research, sharing knowledge, influencing policy and impact investment.