Given by the Mary MacKillop Foundation to meet increasing needs in the community in FY2017


People directly benefit from our life-changing projects to help create more self-sustaining communities in FY2017


Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander students supported through tertiary education scholarships in FY2017


September 1, 2017
Celebrating 20 years of the Mary MacKillop Foundation

On 28 July 2017, we held a Morning Tea to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Mary MacKillop Foundation Our MC Caroline Jones lead a truly heart-warming event, where we were inspired to hear from multiple recipients of our Indigenous Tertiary Scholarships, as well as Frances Rush, the CEO of one of our project partners, […]

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August 8, 2017
What Mary MacKillop did for others, we still must do

On 8 August every year, we celebrate Saint Mary of the Cross MacKillop’s Feast Day This Feast Day, we’re celebrating 20 years since the launch of Mary MacKillop Foundation and reflecting on the qualities and actions that set Mary apart. She was truly a woman well before her time, with courage that inspires our work […]

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April 5, 2017
Celebrating 100 Tertiary Scholarship Graduates!

Can you imagine being the first in your family to graduate university? For many of our graduates, this is their reality, and it makes me even prouder to announce that one hundred of our Mary MacKillop Tertiary Scholarship recipients have now graduated universities across Australia. We are also so proud of the fact that not […]

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October 17, 2016
The equality (or inequalities) of education today

Maree Whybourne, CEO of the Mary MacKillop Foundation discusses the inequalities we face today.

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October 10, 2016
The appeal of our Saint – Mary Mackillop

Every day I hear from supporters, big and small, who believe in Mary MacKillop’s passion and cause. It drives them to support the Mary MacKillop Foundation and help us reach out to people who without our help would struggle to thrive.

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June 14, 2016
What we’ve achieved & what still needs to be done

They do say time goes faster the older one gets! Here we are again in the middle of the year and I want to share with you what the Mary MacKillop Foundation has achieved with your help in the past six months. This year, we celebrate 150 years since Mary MacKillop began the Order of […]

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March 8, 2016
2016 Scholarship Announcement!

Congratulations to the twenty four Indigenous students who have been announced as the recipients of the Mary MacKillop Foundation’s Indigenous Tertiary Scholarship! The Mary MacKillop Foundation scholarship provides financial assistance and ongoing mentoring to Indigenous students wishing to pursue tertiary studies. Mary MacKillop Foundation CEO, Maree Whybourne, said this round brings the total number of […]

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January 22, 2016
What we all need to remember this Australia Day

Mary MacKillop is generally agreed to be a great Australian. Her story has many of the elements we Aussies admire, concern for the underdog, challenging authority, refusing to give up when the going got tough, and above all making a positive difference to the lives of others. As we approach another Australia Day we have […]

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January 13, 2016
The Year to Come

What a year we had! You all responded so enthusiastically to our Christmas appeal so thanks to you we will now be able to make sure Indigenous Australians who gain a place at a tertiary university are able to take full advantage of that opportunity. Now that we are well into the New Year I’ve […]

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December 15, 2015
CEO Maree Whybourne on learning, Mary MacKillop’s legacy, and making a difference

People often ask me about my role as CEO of the Mary MacKillop Foundation (MMF). Do I find it challenging? What is it all about? I’ve worked across a number of different sectors for the last 16 years as a fundraiser. Often, it’s telling the stories that help donors understand the difference their support is making to the mission. But […]

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