In addition to the millions of dollars invested in community programs by our various businesses, Wesfarmers also supports a number of organisations philanthropically.
The Wesfarmers Board approves partnerships focused on five areas: medical research and health; Indigenous programs, particularly targeting education and employment outcomes; education initiatives; community programs; and the Wesfarmers Arts program.
In 2018, approximately $9 million was contributed to our partners, the majority of which are long-term commitments with West Australian-based organisations.
This year marked the start of our renewed contract with Telethon Kids Institute, with an increased funding contribution from Wesfarmers to $1.5 million per annum. Wesfarmers has had a long partnership with Telethon Kids, most recently through the establishment of the Wesfarmers Centre of Vaccines and Infectious Diseases.
We have supported The Clontarf Foundation since 2001 to improve the education, discipline, life skills, self-esteem and employment prospects for young Indigenous men using football as a foundation. In 2015, we increased our financial contribution to assist the Foundation’s national expansion. A number of our businesses are also engaged with Clontarf across Australia.
Read more about our Indigenous programs here.
In 2018, Wesfarmers continued to be a major partner with Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research, Australian Alzheimers Research Foundation, Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience, the Graham Farmer Foundation, Reconciliation WA, Teach for Australia, WA Parks Foundation, Surf Life Saving WA, the General Sir John Monash Foundation, Mission Australia, and Leadership WA.