A private philanthropic organisation dedicated to

Creating a better Australia

Lillian Banks for Terrain - Bangarra Dance Theatre. Photo by Daniel Boud

The Balnaves Foundation is a private philanthropic organisation established in 2006 by Neil Balnaves AO.  Dispersing $5 million annually to eligible organisations that aim to create a better Australia through education, medicine and the arts with a focus on young people, the disadvantaged and Indigenous Australia.

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Latest News

The Balnaves Foundation March 2024 Newsletter

Our March Newsletter has arrived, with news from Foundation and updates from some of our Grants. Please click here to read and to subscribe to our mailing list.  

The Balnaves Foundation Annual Report 2023

We are delighted to share with you The Balnaves Foundation Annual Report for 2023 celebrating the hard work and accomplishments achieved by our grantees this financial year.

Vale Marc Besen AC

Australia has lost a beloved member of the arts community with the sad passing of Marcus (Marc) Besen AC.

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