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Aligning our investments with our vision and values 

The Reichstein Foundation is pleased to share that we’re revamping our approach to investing.   As a foundation dedicated to supporting social change, we recognise that our responsibility as capital holders…

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Save the Maugean Skate from extinction!

Australia is facing a conservation crisis as the Maugean Skate, a ray species that has existed since dinosaurs roamed the earth, battles to survive against the impacts of industrial salmon…

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Jill Reichstein and Lucy Larkins featured on AEGN's 'Giving Their All' podcast

In the lead up to the Reichstein Foundation's 50th anniversary in December 2023, Jill Reichstein and Lucy Larkins sat down with Amanda Martin, CEO of Australian Environmental Grantmakers Network (AEGN), to…

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Meet the advocates: spotlighting our recent grant partners

In the months leading up to 2024, the Reichstein Foundation awarded six grants to trailblazing organisations working to catalyse positive social change cross Australia —from addressing the climate crisis and…

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Adapting for the future: our new strategy    

As we witness escalating threats to democracies worldwide, deepening economic inequality, and an existential climate crisis, support for dedicated systems change advocacy and movement building is more crucial than ever.  …

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Eight insights into effective social change philanthropy

As Chair of the Reichstein Foundation, I've had the privilege of standing with, supporting, and learning from dedicated and passionate advocates from across Australia for over four decades. In this…

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Remarkable moments over 50 years 

As we celebrate five decades of catalysing social change, we’ve been reflecting on some of the achievements and moments that have stood out on our path towards creating a more…

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Celebrating 50 years of impact and our vision for the future

The Reichstein Foundation is thrilled to mark its 50th anniversary with the release of our updated organisational strategy and new website!   Reaching this half-century milestone is a remarkable achievement, made…

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Interconnected problems call for interconnected solutions

The problems we face as a society are interconnected. Excessive and exploitative resource extraction isn’t solely an environmental concern, it also fuels economic inequality through unfair revenue distribution, land dispossession,…

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An afternoon with Sydney Peace Prize winner, Nazanin Boniadi

On October 31st the Reichstein Foundation had the privilege of hosting an event with this year's Sydney Peace Prize winner, Nazanin Boniadi. Nazanin is a passionate women’s rights activist who…

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Meet our latest grant partners

Over the past two months, we proudly supported seven trailblazing organisations and initiatives committed to driving positive social change across Australia. From bolstering campaigning efforts around the upcoming referendum to…

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Welcome to Robin Pierro, our new Director of Engagement and Partnerships

We are thrilled to welcome Robin Pierro as our Director of Engagement and Partnerships! Robin will be taking on a dual role, dedicating her time and expertise to both the…

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Our Grant Partners 2019–2023

Click here to view our grant partners for the period between 2019-2023.

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Welcome to our new CEO

We are excited to announce that not-for-profit leader and social change advocate, Rachel Ball, will be our new Chief Executive Officer. Rachel is moving into the role as we celebrate…

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Law & Justice Funders Network: Legal Sector Response to Bushfire Crisis

A very present and deeply saddening concern for all of us are the bushfires. While our thoughts are with those affected by the devastating bushfires across Australia, there are without…

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We are looking for a new CEO

We are looking for a new CEO at the Reichstein Foundation after announcing that John Spierings will step down as Executive Officer in early 2020. John has shown a deep…

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Australian Financial Review Women of Influence Awards

We would like to congratulate Anna Rose and Nyadol Nyuon for being recognised as Australian Women of Influence in 2019. The award acknowledges Australian women who have fought for change…

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Philanthropy in service of democracy

This week sees the launch of a powerful new toolkit for Australian philanthropy about the how and why of investing in policy advocacy and influence building. Produced by Leslie Falkiner-Rose…

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Queen’s Birthday Honours List 2019

Leading environmental grantmaker Amanda Martin has been awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM) in the General Division for her services to conservation and the environment. In 2009,…

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Welcome to our new Trustees

In May & June 2019, the Reichstein Foundation welcomed three new trustees: Sue-Anne Hunter, an accomplished clinical healing specialist and advocate for the rights of Aboriginal young people and families;…

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The defining challenges of our time

Professor Joseph Stiglitz met with philanthropists and local changemakers during a visit to Melbourne supported by the Reichstein Foundation in November 2018. He was interviewed by Reichstein Foundation trustee Karen…

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Our Grant Partners 2017–2018

Click here to view our grant partners for the period between 2017-2018.

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Our new home in East Melbourne

We’ve recently moved into a sensational new home that we share with a diverse range of philanthropic organisations, including: the Australian Communities Foundation (ACF), the Australian Environmental Grantmakers Network, Ten20…

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Our Annual Report 2017-2018

Click here to view our Annual Report 2017-18

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The power of advocacy

As the Australian Parliament considers legislation which many charities fear will restrict their advocacy activities, Philanthropy Australia has released a powerful defence of funding advocacy in a report called The Power…

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Philanthropy Australia’s “Power of Advocacy” report

We are proud to have co-funded The Power of Advocacy report with the Myer Foundation which, along with the Sidney Myer Fund, has always funded across so many great causes…

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We all got this done!

15 November 2017 was an important day in the history of this country. On that day the ABS announced the results of the Australian Marriage Law Postal Survey. 61.6% of…

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Black Lives Matter

We partnered with the Sydney Peace Foundation to bring key members of Black Lives Matter to Australia in November 2017. While they were here, Patrisse Cullors (Co-Founder, Black Lives Matter),…

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Our Grant Partners 2013-2016

Click here to view our grant partners for the period between 2013-2016.

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Our Annual Report 2013–2016

Click here to view our Annual Report 2013–16

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Real wages for real work: success!

Around the country there are more than 300 Australian Disability Enterprises (ADEs) – formerly known as sheltered workshops – employing around 20,000 people with disability. Some employers chose to calculate…

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Designed to addict?

Ka-ching! Pokie Nation – the documentary that exposes the addictive features of poker machines – premiered on ABC TV in October 2015. Since then, concerned community groups have begun holding…

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Exploring democracy and philanthropy

Over the years I have noted the tendency of some governments to restrain the effectiveness of civil society and the advocacy of groups working to improve our society – Jill…

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Money, its value and its mysteries

Jill Reichstein spoke with ABC Radio’s Fenella Souter recently, providing a philanthropist’s perspective on money. The program was Episode 3 in a four part series on money, which presented the voices of…

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The activist Jill Reichstein

Social justice, the environment, leadership, taking risks, impact investing and philanthropy as the R&D arm of the nonprofit sector: The leading Australian philanthropist in her own words. This is a short…

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How can philanthropy tackle poverty and inequality?

Reducing inequality is one of the Reichstein Foundation’s strategic priories. We highlight here some of the approaches we believe will be effective. Tracking inequality and building the case for change…

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Collaboration and impact the big challenges for philanthropy in 2015

2014 was the year of the ‘mega gift’, with some of the biggest philanthropic donations ever seen in Australia’s history being made. These generous gifts are to be applauded. These donations are…

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Leading anti-poverty advocate visits Australia

Julia Unwin, the distinguished CEO of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) visited Australia in May 2014 as a guest of the Reichstein Foundation and our partners the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation and Jobs…

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An important time for Australia's Environment

It’s an important time for Australia’s environment, with several recent developments a huge cause for concern. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change has provided further warnings and evidence of the…

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A new era for the Environment Defender’s Office – now Environmental Justice Australia

The Environment Defender’s Office (Victoria) has re-launched as Environmental Justice Australia (EJA) with an increased focus on legal action and divestment campaigns. CEO Brendan Sydes says EJA is committed to…

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