Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation

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Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation (the Foundation) aims to improve the lives of Melbournians and promote positive social change. It is Australia’s largest independent community foundation. The Foundation is also a leader in developing a climate lens approach to its granting, maximising social and environmental impact across four Impact Areas:

  • Environment & Sustainability
  • Education & Employment
  • Healthy & Resilient Communities
  • Homelessness & Affordable Housing

Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation promotes solutions to environmental challenges. It supports research, communications, knowledge exchange including through networks, and practical projects that address specific outcomes such as:

  1. Increased energy efficiency and climate resilience of vulnerable households.
  2. Increased public understanding of the climate challenge.
  3. Secure, healthy and sustainable food systems.
  4. Protected and rehabilitated aquatic eco-systems.

The Foundation recognises the links between climate change and other social issues and responds in a multidimensional way.

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“We recognise that addressing the climate challenge is not just an environmental problem. While we work on mitigation and adaptation strategies in our Environment & Sustainability Impact Area, we are also addressing the climate challenge in other areas of our philanthropic work – including energy efficient, affordable housing, reducing the health impacts of heatwaves and disasters by preparing at a local community level, and supporting employment projects that are part of our low carbon future. It is about aligning a vision for a sustainable future with every aspect of our granting and impact work.”

Dr Catherine Brown, CEO, Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation

For funders

We’re building a climate lens toolkit and we’d love your input. Perspectives from a wide variety of foundations with different focus areas will make the toolkit a dynamic game changer.

If you are from a foundation and would like to participate in our working group, or just share your views and needs, we want to hear from you.