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Sacred Heart Mission works with philanthropic trusts and foundations to realise some of our most important and ambitious initiatives, which complement and enhance our services provided through government funding and community support.  

We offer robust governance and management, including a volunteer Board, eight working groups, a Client Representative Group and an Executive Team. Our direction and activities are guided by a ten year Strategic Plan, a 15 year Financial Plan and an evidence informed service model.  We are a Quality Innovation Performance (QIP) accredited organisation.

In seeking support from philanthropic trusts and foundations we seek aligned and productive relationships, whereby assisting Sacred Heart Mission achieve its Vision and Mission, philanthropic organisations and funds are also able to achieve theirs.  We also recognise and welcome open and professional relationships within the philanthropic sector that are non-financial, by also working in other ways to achieve better outcomes in our community.

Journey to Social Inclusion (J2SI), offered participants a pathway out of long-term homelessness and demonstrated that with the right investment it is possible to end a person's long-term homelessness, and that it makes economic sense. The growth of J2SI would not have been possible without the financial support of philanthropic trusts & foundations, with a combined contribution of more than $3.2m, and their invaluable professional input into the project. Early funders, inspired by the chance to make a lasting impact, rallied their networks to provide further funds, expertise and influence, while others helped shape the project by sitting on the J2SI Steering Committee.  

Sacred Heart Mission is an Income Tax Exempt Public Benevolent Fund and is endorsed as an Item 1 Deductible Gift Recipient.  

If you operate, represent or manage a philanthropic trust or foundation, and would like to hear more about Sacred Heart Mission and our current programs, please contact Amanda Thornton, Trust and Foundation Coordinator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or (03) 8534 4144.

We would like to sincerely thank all supporters, past and present, as well as those not acknowledged here that wish to remain anonymous. We are most grateful to all those who provide repeated funding for their steadfast support, and very much appreciate and welcome new funders* who have also chosen to join us in growing and improving our work.

Snapshot: Philanthropic operational grants at work during the 2017-2018 financial year

  • *Aged Persons Welfare Foundation - Sacred Heart Local ‘5 Minute Volunteers’ program
  • Beverley Jackson Foundation - J2SI Phase II
  • DOG Foundation, a giving account of the JBWere Charitable Endowment Fund - Meals Program
  • The Campbell Edwards Trust - Hands on Health Clinic
  • *Feed Melbourne Appeal - FareShare Foundation, Newman’s Own Foundation and Leader Community News, managed by the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation - Meals Program food & produce supplies
  • Grosvenor Foundation, managed by Equity Trustees - Sacred Heart Local ‘Closing the disadvantage gap in Consumer Directed Care (CDC) - work aligned with the ‘Caring for the forgotten in aged services’ service development project
  • *Impact Investing Discovery Grant - Supported by Philanthropy Australia and NAB Equity Trustees Innovation Award in Impact Investing – VCF Claire Susan Gardiner Trust - J2SI Phase III, Stage 2
  • The Jack Brockhoff Foundation - Meals Program
  • John and Betty Laidlaw Legacy - Women’s House
  • *John Saville Eastwood Estate and  Selwyn Henry Langston Trust, managed by Equity Trustees, Ageing Innovation Challenge grant with mentoring by The Australian Centre for Social Innovation - Sacred Heart Local ‘Caring for the forgotten in aged services’ service development project
  • John T Reid Charitable Trusts - J2SI Phase II
  • *Kilfera Foundation - Women’s House
  • *Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation, Exploration Grant - Sacred Heart Local ‘Caring for the forgotten in aged services’ service development project
  • Lord Mayor's Charitable Foundation's Youth in Philanthropy Program - J2SI Phase II (Werribee Secondary College team)& Women’s House (Melbourne Girls’ College team)
  • Lord Mayor's Charitable Foundation's Youth in Philanthropy Program - Women’s House
  • *Loula Rodopoulos Sub-Fund of the Victorian Women’s Benevolent Trust - Outlandish Program
  • Melbourne Racing Club Foundation - Women’s House ‘Brand new Day’ early opening initiative
  • Milton Corporation Foundation - Meals Program
  • Orcadia Foundation Limited - Client Rental Brokerage Fund
  • Senza Nome Charitable Fund and Senator Tadeusz Kobylanski Fund, charitable fund accounts of the Lord Mayor's Charitable Foundation - J2SI Phase II
  • State Trustees Australia Foundation - Sacred Heart Local ‘5 Minute Volunteers’ expansion
  • The William Angliss (Victoria) Charitable Fund - Meals program

Our philanthropic grants and funding honour roll, past and present

Our honour roll acknowledges supporters of our services and programs as well as contributors to major projects, including our One Heart, One Home capital campaign to fund our major building redevelopment project 2016 - 2020, and multi-year support for the Pilot, current Phase II and scaling up plans of our exit from homelessness initiative, Journey to Social Inclusion (J2SI).

Highlighting our many regular annual and/or multiple initiative supporters, present and recent past

  • Andyinc Foundation
  • Bagot Gjergja Foundation
  • Beverley Jackson Foundation
  • Cabrini Health
  • Collier Charitable Fund
  • DOG Foundation, a giving account of the JBWere Charitable Endowment Fund
  • Joe White Bequest
  • John and Betty Laidlaw Legacy
  • John T Reid Charitable Trusts
  • Gourlay Charitable Trust
  • Greg Blizzard Memorial Fund, a charitable fund account of the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation
  • Hazel Peat Perpetual Charitable Trust, managed by Equity Trustees
  • Hewison Foundation
  • HN & EA Sinha Foundation
  • Kettle Foundation
  • Lord Mayor's Charitable Foundation
  • Lord Mayor's Charitable Foundation's Youth in Philanthropy Program
  • Maria-Jo Arno Foundation
  • Mary Mackillop Foundation
  • Milton Corporation Foundation
  • Orcadia Foundation Limited
  • Peter and Lyndy White Foundation
  • Queens Fund
  • Senza Nome Charitable Fund and Senator Tadeusz Kobylanski Fund, charitable fund accounts of the Lord Mayor's Charitable Foundation
  • Sirius Foundation Ltd
  • State Trustees Australia Foundation
  • Swann Family Foundation
  • The Campbell Edwards Trust
  • The Fox Family Foundation
  • The Gray Family Charitable Trust
  • The Jack Brockhoff Foundation
  • The Marian and E H Flack Trust
  • The Michael and Janet Buxton Foundation
  • The Orloff Family Charitable Trust
  • The Peter Isaacson Foundation
  • The R E Ross Trust
  • The William Angliss (Victoria) Charitable Fund

Valued supporters, present and past

  • Aged Persons Welfare Foundation
  • ANZ Trustees
  • Bamford Family Foundation
  • Beck Family Foundation
  • Beddison Family Foundation
  • Crown Resorts Foundation
  • Danks Trust
  • Eldon and Anne Foote Charitable Trust, a charitable fund account of the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation
  • English Family Foundation
  • Feed Melbourne Appeal - FareShare Foundation, Newman’s Own Foundation and Leader Community News, managed by the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation
  • Gandel Philanthropy
  • Grosvenor Foundation, managed by Equity Trustees
  • Impact Investing Discovery Grant - Supported by Philanthropy Australia and NAB Equity Trustees Innovation Award in Impact Investing – VCF Claire Susan Gardiner Trust
  • John and Myriam Wylie Foundation
  • John Saville Eastwood Estate and  Selwyn Henry Langston Trust, managed by Equity Trustees
  • Kilfera Foundation
  • Loula Rodopoulos Sub-Fund of the Victorian Women’s Benevolent Trust
  • Macquarie Group Foundation
  • Melbourne Racing Club Foundation
  • Mercy Foundation
  • National Australia Bank Foundation
  • Pierce Armstrong Foundation
  • PRL Charitable Fund, a charitable fund account of the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation
  • Sisters of Charity Foundation
  • The Alfred Felton Bequest, managed by ANZ Trustees (now managed by Equity Trustees)
  • The Pratt Foundation
  • The Readings Foundation
  • The Walter and Eliza Hall Trust
  • William Buckland Foundation, managed by Equity Trustees

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