Our Funding Focus
CAGES Foundation funds organisations working to improve the lives of Aboriginal people and create an environment that enables every Aboriginal child to reach their potential. Having a focused approach to our giving enables us to be more knowledgeable about the issue and creates an opportunity for us to be more influential. We have three grant streams that support our funding focus; our primary stream which supports long-term, community-led initiatives; our community grants scheme that supports the discrete needs of Aboriginal controlled organisations; and our social impact investing stream that supports initiatives that are focused on the economic sustainability of communities.
We direct our funding towards organisations that are locally owned and are focused on providing services to children from pre-natal to 5 years old. To Learn more about our grant programmes please refer to Apply For Funding.
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We support locally owned initiatives providing Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children access to the best pathways to reach their full potential.
In 2014 CAGES Foundation implemented a family funding stream to encourage intergenerational engagement with the Foundation and the philanthropic community. The family funding stream allocates a nominal amount to family members and allows them to nominate a DGR1 recipient of their choosing. This funding stream provides the family with an opportunity to give to organisations operating outside of the Foundations focus area and is a lovely way for the family to come together to discuss their different passions.
Gifts derived from the family funding stream are unsolicited. Organisations will receive a gift and letter at the time of the funding round. CAGES Foundation does not apply its funding principles to this giving stream.
CAGES Foundation made its first impact investment in 2014 and by 2018 had moved 40% of its portfolio into impact investing. Investing capital in for purpose and for profit businesses is a valuable tool that can be used to help drive positive social and environmental change and we are committed to building the impact investing sector. We also recognise that there are some social issues that can not be addressed by social enterprise and this makes it important for the foundation to maximise financial returns so we can maximise our grants to organisations working in community to provide Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children with pathways to meet their full potential.
The intention of CAGES Foundation is to move as much of its portfolio to impact investments without compromising its overall financial performance, we believe as the sector grows we will be able to be 100% invested for impact. The Foundation has an allocation of funds available to invest in Indigenous Businesses that may not fit within the risk/return parameters that we have set as part of our investment strategy for our entire corpus.
CAGES Foundation thanks Australian Impact Investments, a financial advisory group, which specialises in designing, implementing and managing impact investment portfolios for wholesale investors for their advice in designing our impact investment strategy.
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Tel: (02) 9051 2411
Address: 50 Holt Street, Surry Hills. 2010