Australian Ethical Investment opens 2018 community grants program

Australian Ethical Investment has opened its 2018 community grants program and is inviting organisations to apply for a portion of the $300,000 in total to be awarded.

Phil Vernon, managing director, Australian Ethical

Australian Ethical donates 10% of its annual after-tax profits to charitable organisations and social impact initiatives thatdo tangible good for the planet, people, and animals.” Since 2000, Australian Ethical has donated almost $2.5 million to organisations locally and internationally.

”We believe business can and should make a positive impact on the world,” says Phil Vernon, Australian Ethical managing director. “That’s why we support grass roots efforts that make the world a better place. Our continued growth means we have more money available for grants this year than ever before.”

The 2017 winners included Wildlife Asia, which works to protect critically endangered rhinos in Sumatra from extinction. It is estimated that just 75 of these rhinos remain in the wild. The grant from Australian Ethical supported the creation of a dedicated protection team to patrol the forests, dismantle snares, facilitate law enforcement, and train the local community to help protect the rhinos, Australian Ethical says.

Free to Feed was also awarded a grant in 2017. Free to Feed provides real jobs to refugees in Australia through its hands-on cooking classes, spice trade, and events.  The grant was used to train women in the cooking school, and to help them secure employment.

“It’s great to see cooks build their confidence,” says Loretta Bolotin, co-founder of Free to Feed. “Many of the cooks we started working with 12 to 18 months ago are now ready to move into the business incubator. Out of this incubator, we have had different business ventures develop, from food trucks to an Iranian travel company. These are people who couldn’t even get employment as a kitchen-hand and are now transitioning to becoming business owners.”

Applications are now open until Thursday, 7 June 2018, 5pm AEST.

“We’re so proud of the work our grant recipients are doing and so pleased to support them,” Phil says. “We’re looking forward to partnering with more organisations this year, to making a positive impact.”