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Lord Mayor's Charitable Foundation

Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation is a leading philanthropic organisation and the largest community foundation in Australia. Established in 1923, the Foundation has a long and proud history supporting the community through philanthropy, and today we continue this heritage as a contemporary, independent organisation by inspiring philanthropy in Melbourne.

The Foundation aims to increase life opportunities and promote social inclusion through a combination of grants, research, partnerships, communications and investment tools to grow and build strong communities, and measure its impact. Program areas include Homelessness, Youth, Ageing, Food Security, Environment, Community and Preventative Health, and Arts and Heritage.

In 2013, the Foundation provided grants of $9.27 million to over 500 charities including very small local charities working at the frontline providing health, accommodation and food services to people in need, to larger charitable organisations working towards positive social change.

The Foundation’s Strategic Initiatives include the Youth Initiative and Youth in Philanthropy; Affordable Housing; Food Security supporting the Feed Melbourne Appeal; and Ageing in a Multicultural Community.

The Foundation also offers a range of philanthropic services including gifts in wills, charitable fund accounts, giving circles and fundraising appeals.

The Conversation received a philanthropic grant from the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation to enable our editors to work with academics and researchers interested in cities between July 2018 and June 2021.