The Edmund Rice Foundation (Australia) is an international aid organisation which supports sustainable health, education and community projects in developing countries and projects for marginalised and disadvantaged groups in Australia. The Edmund Rice Foundation (Australia) is a signatory to the ACFID Code of Conduct, which is a voluntary, self-regulatory sector code of good practice. As a signatory we are committed and fully adhere to the ACFID Code of Conduct, conducting our work with transparency, accountability and integrity.
The Foundation supports projects which:
- work collaboratively with local communities
- are grounded in the expressed needs of those communities
- promote continuous improvement and the wellbeing of those communities
- deliver a fair distribution of the benefits that result from the projects
The Foundation is active in the planning, monitoring and evaluation of the projects it supports.
In particular, the Foundation supports education, health, vocational training and community development projects in East Africa, East Timor, Papua New Guinea and the Philippines.
Within Australia, the Foundation supports programs for socially and financially disadvantaged children, youth and families, including programs for indigenous Australians, refugees and asylum seekers.
In providing effective aid the Foundation works in partnership with a number of partner groups and a range of schools across Australia.
The predecessor of Edmund Rice Foundation (Australia) was the Christian Brothers’ Foundation for Charitable Works (CBFCW), which was established in 1987 in the Christian Brothers’ former St Patrick’s Province, Australia (Victoria & Tasmania). CBFCW was mandated to support St Patrick’s Province’s domestic outreach to disadvantaged children and youth. CBFCW also had responsibility for supporting St Patrick’s Province’s outreach in East Africa, which was pioneered by the Province in the late 1980s. Eventually, support for East Africa became CBFCW’s major focus over the subsequent 20 years.
The Christian Brothers’ Oceania Province was formed in 2007 from the amalgamation of the former Australian Provinces, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea Region. To enable the Foundation to respond to the expanded scope of the new Oceania Province a major restructure was undertaken to establish the Foundation as a national entity across Australia. Hence, in late 2011, Edmund Rice Foundation (Australia) (ERFA) was gazetted as a company limited by guarantee. During 2012 ERFA was granted authority for the trusteeship of the relevant Foundation overseas aid and domestic aid funds. The first Annual General Meeting of ERFA was held in late 2012.
Edmund Rice Foundation (Australia) is governed by a Board of Directors, elected by the membership at the Annual General Meeting. The Directors act as trustees of the tax deductible overseas aid and domestic aid funds. The Directors oversee the proper functioning of the Foundation and have ultimate responsibility for legal and financial management, including how funds are raised, invested and disbursed.
The Foundation has established Chapters in Queensland, South Australia and Victoria. Chapter memberships comprise corporate and community leaders who are passionate about the projects the Foundation supports both overseas and within Australia. The Chapters are focused on seeking opportunities to advocate, profile and fundraise for the Foundation.