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 provides grants to eligible charities to help reduce their environmental footprint.

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 deposit of $20,000 or more.

The best part is that ACF has committed to entirely divest its $90 million corpus investment portfolio from fossil fuels and focus on investments with positive environmental outcomes.

Support the fund

20% of the proceeds from the sale of Entertainment Memberships will be donated to the Illuminate Fund. Get discounts on restaurants, accommodation and activities all year round and support a great cause at the same time. Find out more and get yours here.

Donations over $2 are tax deductible within Australia. You can donate here to help charities become more environmentally sustainable.

Vision

Environmentally sustainable charities.

Mission

The Illuminate Fund aims to enable charities to implement sustainable operating practices without diverting vital funds away from their core mission.

Grants

The Illuminate Fund was proud to award its first grant in December 2018 to Burnet Institute for the purchase of a TerraCycle office supplies zero waste box.