Our Approach to
Philanthrophy

Our current strategic themes are: people, organisations, beyond grantmaking and family engagement.

People

The Kenneth Myer Innovation Fellowships, the Sidney Myer Creative Fellowships and the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards are delivered each year. In partnership with Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation and the Paul Ramsay Foundation, the ground-breaking Social Impact Leadership Australia capacity building and leadership program has been established, designed specifically for current leaders of Australian for-purpose organisations.

Organisations

Organisational funding within Poverty & Disadvantage, Sustainability & Environment and Arts & Humanities is directed to multi-year, unrestricted general operating support.

Beyond Grantmaking

Consistent with Sidney Myer Fund and The Myer Foundation’s values, support is directed to advocacy and policy change including the funding of people and organisations and the taking of public positions. We continue to collaborate and convene within and beyond the philanthropic sector for the purpose of maximising our impact. The Sidney Myer Fund maintains a commitment to market building activities in the impact investment space. The Myer Foundation is rapidly approaching 100 percent ESG (environmental, social, governance) investments, two years ahead of schedule after fast tracking its transition in 2022.

Family Engagement

Family engagement remains a cornerstone of Sidney Myer Fund and The Myer Foundation activity.

Our values are: leadership, creativity, environmental sustainability, integrity and equality.

Leadership

A high-quality act or instance of guidance or direction, exemplary or otherwise.

Creativity

The ability to transcend traditional ideas, rules, patterns or relationships to create meaningful new ideas, forms, methods, and interpretations.

Environmental Sustainability

The health and wellbeing of our planet and its ability to support life on earth.

Integrity

The adherence to moral and ethical principles; soundness of moral character; honesty.

Equality

The quality of being equal, fair or impartial.