Donors are mainly long-term Buderim residents keen to give back to their community. Some give during their lifetime; some leave a bequest in their will and others use our Gifts in Memory Program to make a donation in memory of someone dear to them.

The late David Edwards (pictured above) was a man who believed in ‘philanthropy in kind’ and is remembered for his incredible donations of rare and valuable wine for raffles and Foundation events.

Loloma and Stuart Weir came to Buderim in 1977 and they donated a substantial amount of their time and, in later years, their treasure to the Buderim community. Loloma and Stuart firmly believed in the community foundation concept. Stuart died in 2004. Loloma started donating to the Foundation shortly after and continued to make substantial donations each year after that. Loloma died in late 2018 at the grand old age of 95. She was a very special lady and one of the Buderim Foundation’s most generous donors.

The life stories of David Edwards, Stuart Weir and Loloma Weir can be read on the Gifts in Memory page.  

Long term Buderim residents Norm and Ellen de Chastel who last year celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary have quietly made a donation of $100,000 to the Buderim Foundation, adding significantly to its funds held in trust and therefore its capacity to build a stronger community through its annual grant allocations. In previous years, they have asked for their donations to remain anonymous, but this year they have been prepared to relax this requirement in the hope that it may inspire others to follow.

Norm and Ellen de Chastel

Norm and Ellen de Chastel

“With my banking background, I’ve always been impressed by the preservation of capital in that it’s only the earnings each year that get used for the grants. This means that the initial value of every donation is maintained in perpetuity. And the Buderim Foundation is one of the few organisations we support where we know all our donation money goes to where it is intended and not drained away in administrative or marketing costs.”

Buderim Foundation Sponsors
And it’s important to remember that the Foundation is supported every year by its three major sponsors, Buderim Pharmacy, Edenlea on Buderim and Sunshine Toyota. It is their ongoing financial contributions that cover the Foundation’s administration costs and allows the Foundation to state that “every dollar of every donation is invested and the interest used to provide grants to not-for-profit organisations in the 4556 postcode area.”

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