We are passionate about investing in both Australian & Global markets. Our Philanthropy Fund is also passionately focused on supporting better outcomes both at home and in our global community. We believe the best investment any of us can make is in the lives of others.

Established in 2008, the Philanthropy & Community Engagement activities of the Group has delivered:

  • Since inception more than $2 million distributed in grants to more than 90 Charitable Organisations around the world.

  • $1.2 million pro-bono investment management services provided (annually).

  • The Philanthropy Fund provides $250,000 annually in a Small Grants Program, we seek to leverage an additional $3 of value for every $1 of support we contribute to each organisation.

  • Approximately $1 million to support Mental Health & Clinical Neuroscience Research (annually).

Organisations we support

Brain & Mind Centre

Brain & Mind Centre

Centre for Human Psychopharmacology

Centre for Human Psychopharmacology

Orygen

Orygen

Backtrack Team

Backtrack Team

History

The Board of Cooper Investors established the Cooper Investors Philanthropy Fund ("the Philanthropy Fund") in 2008. In 2018 we celebrate '10 years of Giving'. To commemorate this event, we have conducted an extensive review of the impact of our work and spent some time reflecting on what our partner Organisations have achieved and how we can improve our support.

We are very proud to have distributed over $2 million AUD for communities around the world.

Support inspiring community leaders & empower the implementation of practical initiatives to reduce the symptoms of poverty and disadvantage.

International Focus
  1. Improve access to quality, relevant and supportive education & health initiatives that provide people with the opportunity to reach their full potential.
Domestic Focus
  1. Build capacity within Organisations to tackle entrenched poverty & extreme disadvantage.

A Committee of employees administers the Philanthropy Fund. We adopt a "portfolio" approach to grant making, seeking value, good operating trends and outstanding leadership (in line with our approach to picking stocks).

Initial grants are generally around $5,000 increasing as we get to know the organisation and the problem they are trying to solve. Subsequent grants of up to $30,000 have been made to "high conviction" projects.

Committee members have visited projects and potential projects in and around Melbourne, indigenous communities in Australia and projects in Kenya, Cambodia, Vietnam, Madagascar, Thailand, Tanzania, Nepal and Burma.

We have had the privilege of listening to over 150 presentations in our boardroom from the inspirational Founders of the projects we support.

Australia: International:
Africa Vietnam Nepal & Thailand
  • Onni House, Nepal (access to education for orphanage children)
  • Seven Women, Nepal (access to education for children & assistance helping disabled women access employment)
  • Adara Group, Nepal (access to healthcare by support the travelling Tibetan Medicine Practitioner in Western Nepal)
  • Sob Moei School, Thailand (access to education for remote hill tribe students)
Cambodia

Get in touch with Cooper Investors