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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 allow us to better meet the needs of children, young people and families.

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Philanthropic partnerships have helped the development and expansion of various Berry Street programs. These include:

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.

During and beyond 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.

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.

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. Contact our Philanthropy Manager, Catherine Shields, on 03 9421 7564 or at


Thank you to our generous philanthropic partners over the 2019-20 financial year:

Adrian and Candice Field
Australian Communities Foundation
Australian Philanthropic Services Foundation
B B & A Miller Foundation
Barr Family Foundation
Bell Charitable Fund
Bokhara Foundation
Brian M Davis Charitable Foundation
Brian Watson, AO & Edwina Le Maistre
Brown Family Foundation
Collier Charitable Fund
Delron Foundation
Elizabeth Lewis-Gray
Gaudry Foundation
Graham & Judy Hubbard
Helen Macpherson Smith Trust
Jacobsen Family Foundation
James Kelly
James N Kirby Foundation
JBWere Charitable Endowment Fund
Jo & John Grigg
Johnson Family Foundation
Keith Chenhall Charitable Trust
Macquarie Group Foundation New South Wales
Malcolm & Pat Chestney
Margaret S Ross, AM
Mark Boughey
Michaela Healey
Newsboys Foundation
Nigel & Patricia Peck Foundation
Peter & Lyndy White Foundation
RobMeree Foundation
Rosemary Robertson
Springboard Endowment
Susan Esselmont and Jon Grant
The Andrew & Geraldine Buxton Foundation
The Antipodean Family Foundation
The Baker Foundation
The Flora & Frank Leith Charitable Trust
The Goodman Family Foundation
The Hoffman Foundation
The John and Betty Laidlaw Legacy
The Johnstone Family Foundation
The Kelly Family Foundation
The Scobie & Claire MacKinnon Trust
The Williams Fund, a sub-fund of Australian Communities Foundation
Vanraay Family Fund, a subfund Australian Communities Foundation
Virginia Morrison
Ward-Ambler Foundation