AMP Foundation

A better tomorrow for everyone

Investing in the community

The AMP Foundation’s goal is to help create a better tomorrow for everyone - especially those facing challenges accessing education and employment opportunities. 

The AMP Foundation strives to achieve this in two ways.

We help people to help themselves by supporting non-profit organisations that give disadvantaged Australians life-changing learning and work opportunities.

We also help people to help others. We support AMP employees and financial advisers to share their time, skills and resources with those in need, and back amazing Australians doing great things in the community through our AMP Tomorrow Fund grants. 

To learn more read our latest AMP Community Report and AMP Foundation: how we are governed and operate.

The AMP Community Report (pages 2 and 3) also provide an overview of how AMP helps people to enjoy greater financial wellbeing, through pension and insurance payments, home loans and superannuation. 

Also see our Key Trends and Best Practices in Philanthropy: An AMP Foundation and SVA perspective, a scan of the global and national giving landscape.

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For more information on the work of the foundation please email us at amp_foundation@amp.com.au or call
02 9257 5334 during business hours.

We do not accept unsolicited submissions for funding. The AMP Foundation proactively researches and seeks out
long-term partnerships.

How we make a difference

The AMP Foundation has two focus areas:

  • community involvement—We help people to help others. We run a volunteering program for AMP employees and support a Cancer Council Pro Bono Program with AMP financial advisers. We also manage AMP's Tomorrow Fund, which provides individual grants to people of all ages, interests and abilities.
  • capacity building—We help people to help themselves. We focus on organisations that enhance the educational and employment outcomes of disadvantaged Australians and on building the capacity of the non-profit sector.

Our strategy for positive change

The AMP Foundation aims to bring about positive change in the community by:

  • building our knowledge in the areas we are interested in funding by commissioning research and meeting with experts and non-profit organisations
  • investing in the infrastructure of the organisations we are supporting, so they have robust structures that allow them to grow, operate more effectively and deliver better programs
  • funding multi-year partnerships with community partners
  • sharing the outcomes that our partners achieve with the community.

Learn more about how we:

AMP’s Tomorrow Fund is our annual grants program that helps amazing Australians who are doing great things. Launched in 2014, it supports inspiring and talented people of all ages, walks of life and fields of endeavour with up to $1 million in grants.

Grants of between $10,000 and $100,000 are available to Australian citizens and permanent residents, who have been working towards a goal but need financial support to take it to the next level. To learn more or to apply for a grant, visit AMP's Tomorrow Fund website.

AMP employees support the community in several ways.

Team volunteering

Being able to give back to the community is an important part of what our employees value about working at AMP. Each year, our employees take part in a variety of team volunteering activities, including:

  • providing meals for the disadvantaged
  • buddying with people who have intellectual disabilities
  • bushland regeneration projects 

Mentoring

AMP employees have the chance to mentor disadvantaged students through The Smith Family's iTrack program. Over 19 weeks, employees help students make the school-to-work transition. Employees can also participate in a 12-month community mentoring program in partnership with United Way. This program enables senior leaders from AMP and the non-profit sector to work together on a community project.

Payroll giving program

Employees can choose to donate to a wide range of charities from their pre-tax salary, with the AMP Foundation matching their donation.

Volunteering

The AMP Foundation supports employees who volunteer more than 80 hours of their own time each year by making a $3,000 donation to the organisation they support.

Fundraising

Employees can fundraise for a non-profit organisation and the AMP Foundation matches their efforts up to $1,000 per employee.

Get on board

Where AMP employees serve on the board of a charity, the AMP Foundation also makes a $3,000 donation to that charity in recognition of the employee's commitment.

The AMP Foundation invests in selected programs that focus on encouraging and supporting people to help themselves. We support a number of organisations that work to build the capacity of disadvantaged Australians, specifically those facing challenges accessing education and employment opportunities.

Through our partnership with Social Ventures Australia, the AMP Foundation funds mentoring, training and leadership programs to improve the sustainability of the non-profit sector.

Find out more about our community partners

The AMP Foundation is proud to support the following organisations—our community partners:

AIME (Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience)

AMP Foundation partner since: 2010
2015 funding:
$75,000

AIME is a proven, low-cost, non-selective, six-year education-based mentoring program for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander high school students.

AIME's goal is to increase high school progression and university admission rates, so that by 2020, AIME students will be completing high school at the same rate as their non-Indigenous peers.

Brotherhood of St Laurence

AMP Foundation partner since: 2005
2015 funding: $125,000

The Brotherhood of St Laurence runs a broad range of programs to tackle poverty and assist disadvantaged people. They help people get into work, care for older people, support communities, help families through early childhood programs, and carry out research and advocacy for change in services and government policies.

The AMP Foundation supports Stepping Stones—an innovative micro-business program, which works with migrant and refugee women, who are amongst the most disadvantaged people in our community.

Stepping Stones offers mentoring, training and support to help women develop new skills and increase their participation in business and the community.

CentaCare Wilcannia-Forbes

AMP Foundation partner since: 2004
2015 funding: $149,000

CentaCare Wilcannia-Forbes provides a broad range of social services to disadvantaged people in Central and Far West New South Wales (NSW). CentaCare's services cover a vast area of the state (52%), including many rural and remote communities of NSW.

In 2013, the AMP Foundation is funding CentaCare's Manage Your Income, Manage Your Life financial literacy program, which is designed to empower Aboriginal communities with the knowledge and confidence they need to make informed financial and life decisions.

People who take part in the course learn essential financial skills, such as how to formulate and use a budget plan, manage debt, shop smarter and access bank products that best suit their needs.

Visit the CentaCare Wilcannia-Forbes website

Clontarf Foundation

AMP Foundation partner since: 2008
2015 funding: $340,000

Clontarf Foundation uses football to attract young Indigenous men to school and keep them there. Clontarf's Football Academies operate in schools and colleges, supporting young Indigenous men to engage with education, complete school and transition to further education and employment.

Academy students must attend school regularly, apply themselves to their studies and embrace the academy's requirements for behaviour and self-discipline. Clontarf staff live and work in the students' local community, so they are better able to develop strong relationships with the students and mentor them on behavioural and lifestyle issues, which helps the students develop their life skills. Clontarf also provides intensive employment assistance when students finish their schooling and beyond.

Visit the Clontarf Foundation website

CREATE Foundation

AMP Foundation partner since: 2006
2015 funding: $445,000

CREATE Foundation is the only national organisation of its kind, which provides a voice for children and young people in foster care. CREATE works with all state governments to help improve children's care experience—as they enter the system as children, to when they transition into independent living at just 18 years of age.

CREATE forms an important connection with kids in care, lessening their sense of isolation and providing an important source of information on rights, issues and life skills.

Visit the CREATE Foundation website

Ganbina

AMP Foundation partner since: 2006
2015 funding: $125,000

Ganbina helps Indigenous young people under the age of 25 improve their economic and social wellbeing through school-to-work transition programs in the Goulburn Valley, Shepparton, Victoria.

Ganbina's programs support up to 250 Indigenous young people annually to understand the relevance of education and training, and to equip them with life and employment skills.

Visit the Ganbina website

The Graham (Polly) Farmer Foundation

AMP Foundation partner since: 2008
2015 funding: $300,000

Education is the catalyst, which will allow Indigenous people to achieve their proper place in Australia, according to The Graham (Polly) Farmer Foundation. That's why this non-profit organisation focuses on providing a pathway for young Indigenous people to complete Year 12 and then enter university, TAFE, an apprenticeship or employment.

Through a series of after-school educational support programs, students are provided with intensive and targeted study assistance, so they can finish Year 12 and achieve their dreams.

Visit the Graham (Polly) Farmer Polly Foundation

The Funding Network

AMP Foundation partner since: 2013
2015 funding: $50,000 for infrastructure

The Funding Network raises money for innovative social change projects through collaborative giving events. People who attend, listen to short presentations from four projects. Attendees can choose to make a donation to any of the initiatives. The goal is to raise at least $10,000 for each project and the funding can serve any number of community issues, but must make a tangible difference.

The Salvation Army

AMP Foundation partner since: 2005
2015 funding: $200,000

The Salvation Army runs community programs to provide housing, clothing and food to assist people in need.

The AMP Foundation supports The Salvation Army's 614 youth outreach bus in Melbourne.

The 614 Bus houses computers, Xboxes, an LCD screen and other equipment is targeted towards adolescents. The intention is for adolescents to view the bus as a safe space where they can interact with others, use the internet to contact family members, search employment sites for job opportunities and access free services, including counselling, medical, legal and financial advice.

Social Ventures Australia

AMP Foundation partner since: 2001
2015 funding: $250,000

Social Ventures Australia (SVA) invests in social change by helping to increase the impact and build the sustainability of those in the social sector. It provides funding and strategic support to carefully selected non-profit partners, as well as offering consulting services to the social sector more broadly, including to philanthropists who are endeavouring to be more strategic in their giving.

SVA's investments, which have a bias towards education and employment, are focused on high potential organisations that are fostering solutions to some of the most pressing community challenges.

Leveraging the commercial skills of its team, SVA played a pivotal role in the GoodStart childcare syndicate. By developing a new social capital investment model, the syndicate successfully bid for 650 ABC Learning Centres. Through the careful application of surplus funds generated by the centres' operations, GoodStart Childcare is making quality education and care more accessible to a number of disadvantaged families.

Visit the Social Ventures Australia website

The team behind AMP Foundation

The AMP Foundation team is based in Sydney. The team is responsible for driving the Foundation's strategic development, as well as its overall management and administration. The team looks after community partnerships and the AMP Volunteering program for employees.

AMP Foundation Manager
Helen Liondos

Communications Manager
Emma Turnbull

Program Manager
Anna Dear

Program and Communications Coordinator (Sydney)
Nelly Tong

Program and Communications Coordinator (Melbourne)
Lucy Watson

AMP Foundation Coordinator
Aimee Garsuta

Find out more about the AMP Foundation Board

The AMP Foundation Board approves the strategic direction of the Foundation's community investments. It also ensures the Foundation's asset base is wisely invested in order to meet its community investment responsibilities.

Richard Grellman AM - Chairman

Richard Grellman was appointed to the AMP Foundation Board in June 2012. He has over 34 years of experience in the accounting profession. He was a partner of KPMG from 1982-2000 and a member of KPMG's National Board from 1995-97. Richard was a Non-Executive Director of AMP Limited from March 2000 to May 2011 and of AMP Life Limited from November 2001 to May 2011. Richard is Chairman of the Genworth Mortgage Insurance, WHK Group Limited and a Director of Bisalloy Steel Group Limited. He is also Chairman of The Association of Surfing Professionals (International) Limited, the Bible Society Australia, the Centre for Public Christianity, the Sargood Centre and an Advisory Member of the Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing. Richard was appointed a member of the Order to Australia in 2007 for services to community, particularly through leadership roles with Mission Australia and fundraising with Variety, The Children's Charity, and to the finance and insurance sectors.

Paul Leaming

Paul Leaming was appointed to the AMP Foundation Board in June 2012. He was the Chief Financial Officer of AMP Limited from October 2002 to December 2011, having held senior finance positions in the AMP group since 1998. Prior to joining AMP, Mr Leaming was the Chief Financial Officer of Macquarie Bank, having worked in various senior finance positions within the bank, and its predecessor Hill Samuel, for 14 years. Mr Leaming is a Fellow of CPA Australia (FCPA). He is also a Non-executive Director of Newcastle Jockey Club.

Prue Milne

Prue joined the AMP Foundation Board in November 2015, after a long career at AMP. Having joined the business in 1998, Prue served as Executive Legal Counsel/Deputy General Counsel for AMP Limited, Board Executive and Company Secretary, and was Executive Legal Counsel at AMP Capital until 2015. Prior to AMP, Prue spent seven years with Blake Dawson Waldron in Sydney as an associate in their corporate and commercial group, having begun her legal career in private practice and at Freehills in Melbourne and Sydney. 

Matthew Percival

Matthew joined AMP in October 2000 and has group-wide responsibility for AMP's communication and relationships with a broad variety of stakeholders. Matthew was previously Group General Manager, Public Affairs at Colonial Limited. Prior to this, he was General Manager, Public Affairs at Carlton & United Breweries, and General Manager, Group Public Affairs at the ANZ Banking Group. He also has experience as a ministerial adviser. Matthew joined the AMP Foundation Board in May 2004.

Fiona Wardlaw

Fiona Wardlaw joined AMP as General Manager Human Resources in August 2008 from ANZ, where as head of Leadership and Talent she was responsible for recruitment strategy, talent management, succession planning and senior executive development. Prior to joining ANZ Fiona worked in the Australian banking operations at NAB, where her roles included heading up the bank's unsecured lending and credit card businesses and leading the HR function. Her background also includes executive HR experience in the resources and telecommunications sectors, including Cable and Wireless's cable TV start-up Optus Vision and BHP. Fiona has a Bachelor of Arts (Hons in Psychology) from the University of Melbourne. Fiona joined the AMP Foundation Board in March 2011

 

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