About Us

The Buderim Foundation is the fifth-largest of 40 Community Foundations in Australia. It is a philanthropic, not-for-profit organisation registered under the Commonwealth Corporations Act. It has Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status, meaning donations to the Buderim Foundation can be tax-deductible.

The Buderim Foundation was launched by the former Governor-General of Australia, Dame Quentin Bryce, AC, CVO, on 6 April 2004.

The operating concept is simple …
Money In – Donations and bequests received
Money Managed – Funds professionally invested
Money Out – Earnings distributed as grants

The donations and bequests are never spent thanks to our three very committed sponsors, our volunteers who donate their time and talent, and our fundraising events which help cover administration costs.

The income from investments in The Buderim Foundation is used to provide grants to Buderim-based organisations that strive to:

  • Protect and preserve our natural environment
  • Assist people in need to live healthy and fulfilling lives
  • Add richness and diversity to local artistic and cultural endeavours
  • Increase learning opportunities across all age groups
  • Celebrate and showcase our heritage and local history
  • Encourage and support those with sporting and other recreation interests
  • Strengthen the social fabric of the community
  • Support youth in our community.

The income from investments in The Thompson Charitable Fund (managed by the The Buderim Foundation) is used to provide grants to:

Organisations that specifically look after individuals experiencing homelessness and dire financial distress, throughout the Sunshine Coast, including Sunshine Coast and Noosa Council areas.

Buderim Foundation Community grants were first awarded in 2008 and since then grants worth $829,767 have been provided to 97 community organisations in the 4556 postcode area.

Buderim Foundation Thompson Charitable Fund (established in 2021) has provided grants worth $620,372 to 10 organisations providing support to people experiencing homelessness and financial distress on the Sunshine Coast. 

At the beginning of each year, the Australia-wide Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) provides the Buderim Foundation with Back to School vouchers which the Foundation distributes to families in the 4556 postcode area. The Foundation has distributed $307,950 worth of $50 vouchers over the past 18 years. 

The Buderim Foundation is a member of Community Foundations Australia and receives support from FRRR

Buderim Foundation Fact Sheet DOWNLOAD HERE >

Click here to watch a short video celebrating the Foundation’s 10th Anniversary.