FAQs

Why was Hands Across Canberra formed?

Hands Across Canberra was formed is response to a growing recognition that while Canberrans are generally very generous, many local donations were supporting national and international causes and there was need for an emphasis on Canberrans helping Canberrans. Learn more here.

What is a Community Foundation?

Now the fastest growing form of philanthropy, there are more than 1600 community Foundations around the world. Notable examples in Australia include the Melbourne Lord Mayor’s Fund, the Fremantle Foundation in Western Australia and similar foundations in Sydney and Brisbane. Community foundations are designed to provide permanent financial support through a perpetual endowment fund, which provides grants and other assistance to organisations working with people in most need. Funds  are invested to generate maximum interest to support the causes and organisations donors care about. It’s a simple way to encourage local philanthropy and it effectively extends the value of donations.

What does Hands Across Canberra do?

We exist to support, build capacity and empower the 160 local charities and community organisations associated with us to enhance their ability to support Canberra’s most vulnerable people. We are deeply familiar with their need and opportunities because we work with them on a regular basis. We focus on creating sustainable organisations and we build relationships between charities and community organisations, with the community at large as well as with Government.

Isn't Canberra fairly wealthy? Why do we need to donate locally?

While Canberra is a relatively well-off community, there are many individuals and families in our city who have a real need. The statistics are very alarming. Learn more here.

Is Hands Across Canberra run by government?

A voluntary Board of Directors with a wealth of experience in the community, business and government oversee the Hands Across Canberra Foundation. Learn more here.

What are the aims of Hands Across Canberra?

When Hands Across Canberra was launched in November 2010, it was about providing a simple way for Canberrans to develop more regular habits about giving to our local community.  Since that time the Foundation has worked to fill a range of gaps with respect to fundraising for our community sector.  Learn more here.

Who is on the Board of the Foundation?

Details on the membership of the Hands Across Canberra Foundation can be found here

Is there a minimum donation to the Foundation?

No, all donations to the Foundation are welcome.  Learn more here.

How much of my donation goes to community groups?

The online portal that processes all donations to Hands Across Canberra and the organisations registered with us has been designed to minimise the ongoing administrative costs. 

Funds donated to nominated charities are processed with no transaction fees.

Funds donated to the Foundation specifically are held in trust and then distributed via our regular grant rounds. On the creation of corpus – most of that money will be invested to create a perpetual fund for the community; the revenue from this and other donations are distributed through the grant-giving process.  As donations increase and the corpus becomes more significant, both the size and frequency of grant rounds will increase.

In the near future we will also be seeking wills and bequests and will have a facility to provide giving-while-you-are-living through named funds. These investments will significantly increase our grant-giving capacity over time.

We contain aministritave costs to a minimum.