Commitment to Community
As one of Australia’s most iconic organisations, we believe that the bigger you are, the greater your responsibility to help communities in need. That’s why, in 2016, Grace launched Grace Gives – our Corporate Social Responsibility Program. Since its foundation, Grace Gives has been supporting local community causes across Australia and New Zealand to help fund and support the communities we work within.
To help grow this initiative and really ensure that we have an impact on communities in need, 2021 saw Grace Gives shift from funding small local groups to focusing on a single organisation – The Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF).
Grace Partners with ILF
As one of Australia’s oldest businesses, Grace recognises its responsibility to contribute to the greater economic and cultural empowerment of First Australian’s to help ‘close the gap’. Grace is proud to be a Gold Donor Partner with the ILF, an innovative not for profit organisation which aims to empower and build the capability for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in remote Australia to develop and pursue their own literacy journeys. They do this through their three core literacy programs which include: Book Supply; Book Buzz and Community Publishing Projects.
According to the ILF, “only 36% of Indigenous Year 5 students in very remote areas are at or above national minimum reading standards, compared to 96% for non-Indigenous students in major cities” *, creating a big literacy gap. The support Grace Gives provides allows the ILF to purchase and distribute thousands of books, throughout these communities, many of which are written and illustrated by Indigenous authors and artists.
To learn more about the ILF and to read more about their program visit their website.
I Am Hope
In addition to providing support to local communities within Australia, Grace New Zealand also recognises the importance of giving back to those in need by partnering with the not for profit organisation I Am Hope. In providing hope and a voice to young people in New Zealand, I Am Hope focuses on helping tackle children and adolescent mental health through initiatives such as funding for private counselling for young people stuck on waiting lists. The organisation also provides funding for private care and counselling as well as offering practical preparation for workforce courses.
To find out more about I Am Hope and their mission to help promote positive attitudinal societal change around mental health in New Zealand, visit their website.