The Flannery Foundation

Our mission is to support Australian charities that are making a difference.

The Flannery Foundation was established by Brian and Peggy Flannery to put back into the community, primarily by helping our most vulnerable, the homeless and hungry, domestic violence victims, abused children, and the education sector.

The Foundation was established in 2010 as an Australian Private Ancillary Fund, which means the Foundation may only distribute to charitable causes in Australia known as Deductible Gift Recipients.

We are passionate about the causes we support and do our own work in finding our partners. As such we are not looking for inbound requests.

Our Partners

Orange Sky

Orange Sky Laundry is a charity based in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia that offers a free mobile laundry service for the homeless. Orange Sky operates shifts from 27 vehicles in 23 cities every week around Australia.

Act for Kids

Act for Kids is an Australian charity providing free therapy and support services to children and families who have experienced or are at risk of child abuse and neglect. They have helped thousands of children and families for over 30 years.

Act for Kids operates over 26 centres with a team of over 400 staff from Adelaide all the way up to the Cape York Peninsula. Their services have expanded to include integrated therapy, support for vulnerable families, special workshops to empower kids and safe houses in remote Aboriginal communities.

Birth for Humankind

Birth for Humankind's mission is to foster healthy families and communities by providing mother-centred support, education and holistic care throughout pregnancy, birth and after the baby comes.

Mater Foundation

In 1906 the Sisters of Mercy opened the first Mater Private Hospital in Brisbane’s North Quay and, thanks to a large donation. Since then, the Queensland community has been with the Sisters of Mercy and that tradition continues today through the public's support of Mater Foundation Brisbane.

More than 100 years later Mater comprises seven hospitals, a number of health centres, a world-class medical research institute and pathology and pharmacy businesses—all with one aim—to provide exceptional care to everyone who walks through its doors.


As the official community service agency of the Catholic Archdiocese of Adelaide, Centacare delivers responsive, flexible and effective services to the South Australian community without regard to religion, race, culture, sexuality, gender, or economic circumstance.

They offer programs in a range of sectors, including disability, family, youth and children, health and well-being, employment, education and training, homelessness and domestic violence.

Centacare services are delivered across metropolitan Adelaide, and regional South Australia.

MS Queensland

MS Queensland provides support and care, offer information, fund research for a cure and raise awareness for multiple sclerosis and other neurological diseases in Queensland.

The Buttery

The Buttery is a not-for-profit, charitable rehab organisation located near Bangalow in Northern NSW, Australia.

As a rehab, The Buttery specialises in the treatment of alcohol and other drug misuse, problem gambling and mental health issues. It is guided by the philosophy – Addiction is not a consequence of choice: rehabilitation is.

As well as residential programs, it also operates community outreach programs throughout the NSW Northern Rivers Region.

Human Nature Adventure Therapy

There’s a massive gap in effective mental health supports for at-risk young people. One in four are living with serious mental health issues, and many aren’t receiving the help they need.

Frequently the young people who most need support are unable to access, afford or benefit from mainstream counselling. Although a young person is identified early on as being at-risk, there are few opportunities between the ‘soft option’ of counselling, and the ‘hard approaches’ of institutionalised care: psychiatric units, juvenile detention, drug and alcohol rehabilitation centres.

Human Nature Adventure Therapy gets mental health interventions out of clinical settings and into nature. They exist to bridge the gap in mental health services for young people who are most in need of support, and believe that all young people deserve to be supported to thrive in the face of adversity.

St. Vincents de Paul

The St Vincent de Paul Society was founded by a 20 year old student named Frederic Ozanam in 1833. It was established by like-minded individuals who wished to put their faith into action.

This compassionate outlook, enthusiasm and vision continues today in Australia. The first Australian conference was founded in Victoria by Fr Gerald Ward at St Francis' Church, Melbourne on 5 March 1854, just 21 years after the founding of the first conference in Paris.

The St Vincent de Paul Society in Australia has more than 60,000 members and volunteers, who work hard to assist people in need and combat social injustice across Australia. Internationally, the Society operates in 153 countries and has over 800,000 members.


In Australia, domestic and family violence is the biggest social injustice that we are confronted with. It affects everyone - all races, religions and social classes.

RizeUp’s programmes promote women’s independence and decision-making in public life and relationships, which is a key outcome to preventing domestic violence. RizeUp works to shift attitudes, perceptions and challenge societal norms in Australia which have as a by-product created a toxic and unhealthy environment.

The RizeUp mission is to drive awareness of domestic and family violence within society by generating life-changing, practical support for the families affected, giving them the hope and empowerment to move on to a life free from violence.

To do this, they bring communities together, facilitate volunteers, and make real, far-reaching and practical contributions to these families.

Food Bank QLD

Foodbank is Australia’s largest food relief organisation, operating on a scale that makes it crucial to the work of the front line charities who are feeding vulnerable Australians. Foodbank provides more than 70% of the food rescued for food relief organisations nation-wide.

Byron Youth Services

Byron Youth Service (BYS) is a not-for-profit charity incorporated association committed to providing services for young people between the ages of 12 -24 years. Since 1987, they have been the primary provider of youth services in Byron Shire. Their services are based on a sound understanding of young peoples’ needs and experiences.

AEIOU Foundation

AEIOU Foundation for Children with Autism has a simple yet sincere goal: to provide life-changing early intervention.

AEIOU is a profit-for-purpose organisation, which was established in 2005 to deliver high-quality therapy and care. Their family-centred program meets the Guidelines for Good Practice (Roberts & Prior 2012) and supports children with autism to develop essential life skills, independence, confidence and inclusion.

Along with providing early intervention, AEIOU is also committed to both research as well as providing strong advocacy at both State and Federal Government levels to raise awareness and increase the financial support for children with autism and their families.

The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army Australia is an international Christian movement, united by faith and giving hope where it’s needed most.

Across Australia – in cities, country towns and rural communities – their work touches every demographic and age group. They're involved in national issues while also bringing hope to people who may be experiencing hardship or injustice.

Royal Flying Doctor Service

The Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia (RFDS, informally known as The Flying Doctor) is one of the largest and most comprehensive aeromedical organisations in the world.

It provides emergency and primary health care services for those living in rural, remote and regional areas of Australia. It is a non-profit organisation which provides health care to people who cannot access a hospital or general practice due to the vast distances of the Outback.

Vision Australia

Vision Australia is a leading national provider of blindness and low vision services in Australia.

They work in partnership with Australians who are blind or have low vision to help them achieve the possibilities they choose in life.

They support more than 25,500 people through 35 Vision Australia centres in Australia.

They are a not-for-profit organisation and a major participant and partner in the international blindness community.

Micah Projects

Micah Projects is a not-for-profit organisation committed to providing services and opportunities in the community to create justice and respond to injustice.

They believe that every child and adult has the right to a home, an income, healthcare, education, safety, dignity and connection with their community of choice.

Micah Projects provides a range of support and advocacy services to individuals and families according to their needs and capacity.

Micah Projects works to break down barriers that exclude people from housing, healthcare, employment, meaningful connections, and to give people a voice. They ensure the immediate needs of individuals and families are met, in a supportive, informed and respectful manner.


RACQ LifeFlight Rescue has been Queensland’s leading community helicopter service for the past 40 years.

They bring emergency, lifesaving medical treatment to seriously ill and injured people. Their purpose has always been the same – to save lives and support Queenslanders during their time of need.

Every day, RACQ LifeFlight Rescue crews treat seriously ill and critically injured patients, whilst providing rapid-response airlifts to hospitals around the state.

With a fleet of 10 rotary-wing aircraft operating from seven Queensland bases, this vital rescue service provides the people of Queensland with the assurance that emergency medical care is available 24/7, 365 days a year.

From the outback to the ocean, LifeFlight’s helicopter network provides a blanket of care for Queensland families. Queensland’s rural and remote communities, in particular, rely on the RACQ LifeFlight Rescue community helicopters to bring the hospital to them in their hour of need.

Starlight Children's Foundation

Starlight's mission is "To brighten the lives of seriously ill children and their families".

Because sick kids are still kids at heart...

When a once-bright life becomes dulled by needles, hospital visits and painful treatments, Starlight helps sick kids forget their illness and re-discover the joy of childhood.

Since 1988, they've partnered with Australian health professionals to develop programs based on positive psychology principles that support the 'total care' of our children and teens.

They know what kids and their families are facing when serious illness or injury consumes their lives, and aim to disrupt the relentless cycle of pain and trauma by offering a welcome break so that sick kids can simply be kids.

The SHIFT Project Byron

The SHIFT Project Byron supports women through the challenges from homelessness to independence. SHIFT addresses the gap following a crisis and empowers women to reconnect with their life.

Their focus is on recognising vulnerability, and the importance of addressing wellbeing from a holistic perspective. They strive to create a long-term sustainable SHIFT towards stability and re-connection with the community.

Rosies – Friends on the Street

Rosies is a community of people sharing the Oblate spirit of daring. Inspired by the Gospel, Rosies reaches out to those most abandoned, to be present with them, offering them the experience of community and belonging.

Redkite Queensland

Providing essential support to children and young people with cancer, and their families, has been Redkite's focus for over 30 years. They are present throughout the whole cancer journey, from the moment of diagnosis until after treatment finishes.


Multicap's purpose is to improve the life of people with disabilities and ensure their families are supported. They strive to be the leading source of creative and sustainable support options for people with disabilities, particularly those with high and complex needs and their families.

Surf Life Saving QLD

Surf Life Saving Queensland (SLSQ) is the state's peak aquatic rescue authority and one of the largest volunteer-based community service organisations in Australia.

From humble beginnings when the first recorded rescue on a Queensland beach was made in 1909, SLSQ is now an efficient and vibrant organisation servicing 30,500 members.

It was formally established in 1930 and is the governing body for surf lifesaving in Queensland, comprising 58 affiliated surf life saving clubs in six regional branches. The organisation also includes supporters’ clubs and a range of programs that involve more than 462,000 participants.

SLSQ is directly affiliated with, and is part of, Surf Life Saving Australia (SLSA) and the International Life Saving Federation (ILF).

Hear and Say

Hear and Say is a world-leading Paediatric Auditory-Verbal and cochlear implant centre. They have been teaching deaf children to listen and speak since 6 July, 1992.

Hear and Say now employs more than 70 staff across five centres around Queensland, and via a Telepractice Program servicing rural, remote and international children and families.

They work with more than 900 children enrolled in their targeted Early Intervention Program, providing specialist support through their Cochlear Implant Program, and delivering their school hearing screening Program, Hear to Learn, to more than 10,000 school students each year.

Their clinical services encompass Audiology, Speech Pathology, Occupational Therapy, Social Skills Programs, and Listening and Spoken Language Therapy. Hear and Say is also the only centre in Australia to run a Program dedicated to the rare conditions Microtia and Atresia.

They are proud to partner with local Auditory-Verbal centres through our First Voice Alliance. Hear and Say also collaborates internationally through our Research and Innovation division. They also offer professional development accreditation courses which are facilitated through Hear and Say Worldwide.

Gregory Terrace Foundation / E Rice Scholarship Bursary

Run in conjunction with the Gregory Terrace Old Boys' Association, this fund provides the wider Terrace Family with the opportunity to contribute an annual, tax-deductible gift in support of this needs-based bursary.

The ERBF currently fully funds 23 students who would not otherwise be able to receive a Terrace education.

Endeavour Foundation

Far far away, behind the word mountains, far from the countries Vokalia and Consonantia, there live the blind texts. Separated they live in Bookmarksgrove right at the coast of the Semantics, a large language ocean. A small river named Duden flows by their place and supplies it with the necessary regelialia. It is a paradisematic country, in which roasted parts of sentences fly into your mouth.

Catholic Foundation (Mary McKillop Fund)

The MacKillop Catholic School Access Fund (MacKillop Fund) provides access to Catholic education for families who live within the Archdiocese of Brisbane and are experiencing significant financial hardship. The Fund was created in 2014 and accepts a small number of new applicants each year. Current bursary recipients include families with major ill-health, disability, trauma, extreme poverty or family breakdown.

Hopewell Hospice

Hopewell Hospice provides excellence in Hospice and Palliative Care.

Residential and Respite hospitality in a peaceful home-style environment for those who need compassionate palliative care and holistic symptom management.

“The Flannery Foundation's investment doesn't just support Australia's most needy; it gives charities the reassurance and stability needed to scale their operations effectively each year."

“The Flannery Foundation's investment doesn't just support Australia's most needy; it gives charities the reassurance and stability needed to scale their operations effectively each year."

Quentin Flannery, Flannery Foundation Director

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