The Ballarat Foundation United Way Inc is an Honorary Trust and a Company limited by Guarantee.  It is incorporated as a Deductible Gift Recipient and is income tax exempt. The modern Foundation’s history in Ballarat goes back more than 35 years, bringing together the former entities of United Way Ballarat and the Ballarat Foundation.

The Ballarat Foundation exists to make a positive and lasting difference to people in the Ballarat region. The Ballarat Foundation‘s boundary includes the Ararat Rural City, Pyrenees Shire, the Hepburn Shire, the Moorabool Shire, the western half of the Golden Plains Shire as well as the City of Ballarat.

The Ballarat region has needs which are not being met through other funding sources. The Ballarat Foundation encourages individuals, families, corporates and other organisations to make donations to meet those needs, now and into the future.

Donations are retained as capital by the Foundation to build a perpetual and substantial fund for philanthropic purposes, with the income from this capital used to make local community grants.

Our Vision

The Ballarat Foundation envisions Ballarat and its surrounding districts as a community of engaged citizens, which promotes thoughtful and effective giving in all its forms.