Given by the Mary MacKillop Foundation to meet increasing needs in the community in 2017
People directly benefit from our life-changing projects to help create more self-sustaining communities in 2017
Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander students supported through tertiary education scholarships in 2017
We are a national not-for-profit organisation and there are two ways that we help:
Across Australia, there are community-based organisations who work with people who are isolated from society.
The Mary MacKillop Foundation provides community grants so that these organisations can deliver their projects as our Project Partners. We provide community grants to organisations who support vulnerable people in Australia. This includes projects which address poverty, sickness, distress and disability.
Mary MacKillop believed education was the foundation for a fulfilling life.
Like Mary, we believe that education is key to improving futures and since 1998 we have provided educational scholarships to Indigenous scholars. In 2015, 66 Indigenous or Torres Strait Islander students are supported through their tertiary education with a Mary MacKillop Scholarship.
Saint Mary MacKillop was a courageous woman of action. Born in 1842, she showed compassion for anyone in need regardless of race, colour or faith. Mary believed in the power of education for all and set up schools across Australia to make sure those disadvantaged by poverty and distance received an education.
Today, in an increasingly complex society we must carry on Mary's legacy to continue helping people in need, with the aim of creating more connected, stronger communities.
The Mary MacKillop Foundation's work relies on donations from individuals and organisations to carry out projects and fund scholarships that transform lives.
Help us meet the growing demand for our work with the most vulnerable people in Australia.
Across Australia, there are community-based organisations working with people who are isolated from society. The Mary MacKillop Foundation provides community grants of up to $10,000 to empower those working directly with the marginalised and disadvantaged.
These projects have an emphasis on maintaining and building the dignity in others and integrating people back into the community.
The Mary MacKillop Foundation's Indigenous Tertiary Scholarship Program was established in 1998. Since then, 75 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Scholars have graduated with a tertiary degree, many of whom are the first in their family to do so.
This year, 66 Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander students are supported through tertiary education scholarships. These scholarships cover course fees as well as living expenses. By reducing barriers to completing tertiary education The Mary MacKillop Foundation helps close the gap on Indigenous disadvantage by creating better employment opportunities, better health outcomes and future leaders; enabling greater participation in community and economic growth.
"More than ever we should be humble and patient, charitable and forgiving"
Mary MacKillop 4.1.1884
Saint Mary MacKillop is one of the most remarkable and inspiring women Australia has produced.
Despite a vow of poverty, Mary managed to make education available to disadvantaged people. She established the Sisters of St Joseph,
the first religious order to be founded by an Australian.
"Let us all have courage"
MARY MACKILLOP | 13.4.1874
When faced with challenging times, Mary refused to attack those who undermined her. She continued in her calling, and was always ready to forgive those who did her wrong.
Mary MacKillop was a woman of action. She showed compassion for anyone in need, regardless of race, colour or faith, and a reverence for the dignity of others, especially those most neglected in society.The Mary MacKillop Foundation continues this legacy. Today we work closely with the Sisters of Saint Joseph to ensure we remain connected to the philosophy of seeing a need and doing something about it.
To learn more about Mary MacKillop please
visit the Official Mary MacKillop website.