As ACP members, Community Foundation practitioners have access to regular peer learning opportunities, information sessions and networking, usually via zoom. Occasional face-to-face events, including a national conference, are part of the events program

Members share resources and information and provide a peer support network for practitioners working in isolation.

ACP collects and shares best practice examples, including from community foundations abroad. Our showcase and awards programs publicly recognise outstanding achievements within the sector.


As a valuable and unique form of community infrastructure, Community Foundations empower communities to address local challenges themselves.

They seek to build social capital, catalyse development and strengthen community; they engage with their constituents as donors, advisors and volunteers. Community Foundations are responsive to the challenges facing their communities and leverage their deep local knowledge to respond to need through their purposeful grant-making.

Existing tax laws are inhibiting the growth and impact of Community Foundations. A reformed regulatory framework that removes barriers will allow Community Foundations greater impact to harness local resources, strengthen community and build local capacity.


ACP undertakes and coordinates key projects. Examples include Supporting the development of community philanthropy in WA, an initiative started in 2020 with support from the Minderoo Foundation, and the 2014 research project Mapping the Community Foundation sector.

Publications resulting from our project work and lots of other useful information can be found on our resources page.


ACP offers services for Community Foundations through its membership program and works on behalf of Community Foundations with partners, stakeholders and the wider community.

Membership of ACP is open to Community Foundations and to individuals with knowledge and expertise in community philanthropy. For Foundations, membership fees are based on size in terms of funds under management.

This community-driven data program was originally developed by community foundations in Canada.

A growing number of Australian Community Foundations are using the Vital Signs methodology to map the strengths and needs of their communities to improve the collective quality of life.

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