The Illuminate Fund

The Illuminate Fund (an Australian Communities Foundation sub-fund) was established in 2018 by The Thrifty Philanthropist Founder, Erin Davidson. The fund exists to support not-for-profit organisations that recognise the inextricable link between our health and the environment. This is done through awarding grants either to specific projects, or to helping the organisation improve their own environmental sustainability.

The Illuminate Fund logo. A light bulb with a plant growing inside and a heart shaped leaf.

From little things, big things grow

The Illuminate Fund is currently in the form of a Gumnut Account. This program is a wonderful option for budding philanthropists, available through the Australian Communities Foundation (ACF).

Gumnut Accounts enable people to build their fund balance gradually over time. You’ll find that many similar foundations require a minimum upfront contribution of $20,000 or more.

The best part is that ACF has committed to entirely divest its corpus investment portfolio from fossil fuels and focus on investments with positive environmental outcomes.

Support the fund

Donations over $2 are tax deductible within Australia and you can donate here.


The Illuminate Fund is proud to have awarded three grants to date, to the following organisations:

  1. Burnet Institute;
  2. The Royal Children’s Hospital (Garden Program); and
  3. Doctors for the Environment Australia.