Philanthropy at Berry Street

Berry Street’s purpose is to courageously change lives and reimagine service systems.

Our generous philanthropic partners are key to achieving this purpose. These partnerships allow us to respond to community needs in innovative ways, particularly as we reorient the child and family services system towards early intervention and prevention.

We are very grateful to our philanthropic partners who support Berry Street’s work and enable us to better meet the needs of children, young people and families.

Philanthropy at Berry Street - Pathways
The Pathways program supports students who are finishing their education at the Berry Street School to pursue further study and employment opportunities. For Michael Barr, Chairman of the Barr Family Foundation, the Pathways program struck a chord. With two of his children completing apprenticeships, Michael recognised some of the problems young people at our school could face.
Philanthropy at Berry Street - Boofa
Jenny contributes to Berry Street both through her own Private Ancillary Fund and through an account she holds at Australian Communities Foundation. Her interest in and commitment to Berry Street has increased exponentially, starting from regular annual contributions of $50 decades ago to substantial philanthropic gifts today.

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During the COVID-19 pandemic, we continue to provide care to children, young people and families. Protection of at-risk and traumatised children is classed as an essential service. Already vulnerable, these children, young people and families have additional stresses from external factors and are at increased risk due to isolation. Many of our workers are on the front line of care. If you would like to know more about Berry Street’s response to the current crisis, or the immediate and emerging pressures on our services, please get in touch.

We continue to seek independent income from individuals and philanthropic bodies who are confident in Berry Street and want to partner with us to achieve change on a large scale.

Such funding enables us to: 
  • pilot innovative approaches to service delivery
  • undertake research and evaluation
  • implement our advocacy agenda. 
For more information or to get involved, contact our Head of Philanthropy, Loretta Mannix-Fell, on (03) 9421 7587 or at


Loretta is an experienced philanthropy and social investment practitioner. At Berry Street, she leads a team of relationship managers responsible for the effective management and growth of philanthropic giving to increase our influence, impact and income.


“Berry Street’s passionate commitment to innovation for positive change offers so many intelligent opportunities for investment in the future of children and young people. I am forever grateful to our philanthropic funders: a loyal and dedicated group that finds inspiration and satisfaction in the impact that their giving generates.”


Philanthropy funds key programs

Philanthropy has enabled the development and expansion of various Berry Street programs. These include: 


Thank you 

Thank you to our generous philanthropic partners over the 2018-19 financial year:


Adrian and Candice Field Andyinc Foundation Australian Communities Foundation
Australian Philanthropic Services Foundation B B & A Miller Foundation Barr Family Foundation
Bokhara Foundation Brian M Davis Charitable Foundation Brian Watson & Edwina LeMaistre
Brown Family Foundation Collier Charitable Fund   Danks Trust
David Taylor Galt Charitable Trust Delron Foundation Elizabeth Lewis-Gray
Equity Trustees Limited Goodman Family Foundation Graham Hubbard
Ian Brolly JBWere Charitable Endowment Fund Joan & John Grigg
Johnson Family Foundation Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation Malcolm & Pat Chestney
Margaret S Ross Margaret Saunders Mark Boughey
Mazda Foundation Nigel & Patricia Peck Foundation Parker Foundation
RobMeree Foundation Russell & Womersley Foundation Springboard Endowment
Sue Evans Fund Susan Esselmont and Jon Grant The Alice Creswick and Sheila Kimpton Foundation
The Andrew & Geraldine Buxton Foundation The Andrews Foundation The Antipodean Family Foundation
The Flora & Frank Leith Charitable Trust The Freemasons Public Charitable Foundation The Grosvenor Foundation
The Hoffman Foundation The John and Betty Laidlaw Legacy The Johnstone Family Foundation
The Kelly Family Foundation The Myer Foundation The R E Ross Trust
The SANDEL Foundation The Scobie & Claire MacKinnon Trust The William Angliss (Victoria) Charitable Fund
Virginia Morrison Ward-Ambler Foundation