The Nature Conservancy Australia established the Murray-Darling Basin Balanced Water Fund to provide water security for Australian farming families while protecting culturally significant wetlands that support threatened species. Operating in the world’s largest water market, the Murray-Darling Basin Balanced Water Fund will be the first water investment fund in Australia to address balanced environmental, agricultural, social and financial outcomes.
The Melbourne Montessori School Community Fund (MMS Community Finance Fund) was established to provide financial support for the Melbourne Montessori School, a not-for-profit charitable entity that provides education using the Maria Montessori method.
Hireup harnesses the power of technology to revolutionise the way Australians with disability find, hire and manage their own support workers. After producing a minimum viable product, it proved the need and applicability of the model. Hireup then raised $2.5 million via an impact investment in late 2015. The funds raised are helping Hireup to scale quickly and in lockstep with the national rollout of the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS).
Sustain Community Housing is a social enterprise that brings a new approach to social and affordable housing. Sustain’s vision is to be innovative in providing sustainable community and affordable housing
Moxidectin, an important new drug for treating river blindness, has been developed for human use with Wyeth/Pfizer. The World Health Organization (WHO) has co-sponsored its development.
StartSomeGood is a leading crowdfunding platform for social change initiatives. A seed investment of $400,000 was put towards the further development of StartSomeGood in order to scale the capital flow to impactful projects.
The Upper Murray Community Bakery is an initiative by Corryong Neighbourhood House (CNH) to increase employment and training opportunities in rural Victoria.
Maths Pathway combines world class teacher training and support with a customised learning model that aims to address a decline in the maths competencies of school students by transforming the way the subject is taught in classrooms. In 2015, private investors and Foresters Community Finance provided $700,000 to help scale the business and take their learning module to more schools, teachers and students.
Windlab’s mission is to expand and develop the market for and use of wind-based renewable energy in Australia. Windlab identified the site of the Coonooer Bridge Wind Farm, secured debt and equity funding, and commenced construction of the Wind Farm in 2015.
The Australian Chamber Orchestra Instrument Fund is a world first. It was created in 2011 to purchase high-quality stringed instruments which are lent to the Australian Chamber Orchestra (ACO) for use by its players. The Fund is a unit trust, with some units owned by the ACO and others by wholesale investors. The Fund owns Australia’s only Stradivarius violin, purchased in 2011 for $1.79 million, and a 1714 Joseph Guarneri filius Andreae violin, purchased in 2014 for $1.65 million.