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The Neilson Foundation was established in 2007 to support both the arts and charities that work towards social cohesion. Since inception, the Foundation has disbursed over $158 million.


We favour innovative initiatives in two principal areas:

  • Those that improve accessibility to the arts, with the aim of enriching cultural diversity within Australian society.

  • Those organisations that assist individuals and communities facing extreme disadvantage. These include programmes that help vulnerable youth, migrants, those facing domestic violence, and those with mental health problems.


With initiatives that are in their early stages, our intent is to help these to become established and of such value that they eventually justify Government funding.

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