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Telstra Foundation

Address

242 Exhibition Street

Melbourne  Victoria  3000

Phone : 1800208378


Contact

Email : telstrafoundation@team.telstra.com

Website : http://telstrafoundation.com/

Since 2002, the Telstra Foundation has worked with community organisations that have an appetite for social innovation, contributing more than $43 million to over 8,000 innovative community projects.

During this time, we’ve seen the rise of digital communication technologies – new connections, new devices, new social platforms and ‘the app’.

The Telstra Foundation brings the worlds of community organisations and digital technology together. We work with partners to unlock their digital potential so that all Australians – regardless of age, income, location, disability – can enjoy the social and economic benefits of being connected.

Key Telstra Foundation programs:

  • Flagship Partnerships
  • Social Innovation Grants
  • Telstra’s Kids Fund

Employee Giving

Telstra’s Kids Fund

Telstra’s Kids Fund is Telstra Foundation’s employee-directed giving program. Telstra’s Kids Fund provides $1,200 grants to local community organisations involving the participation of a child or young person directly related to a permanent Telstra employee. Annually, we distribute approximately 600 grants to the value of $750,000. The grants support a broad range of initiatives and projects across education, sports and recreation, arts and culture, environment, health, disability and cultural diversity. In the past, we’ve funded musical equipment, educational resources, sports equipment and building upgrades.

See www.kidsfund.telstrafoundation.org

Grants

Social Innovation Grants

The Telstra Foundation supports community driven social innovation through our Social Innovation Grants Fund.

This year, we committed $1 million in Social Innovation Grants. This included a partnership with the MJD Foundation to deliver a digital inclusion program for Indigenous people living with Machado-Joseph Disease (MJD) in the Northern Territory. MJD is a hereditary neurodegenerative condition, life limiting and with no known cure. The $300,000 partnership will use innovative tablet technology to deliver health services and support to 30 Indigenous MJD clients and their carers across six Arnhem Land communities.

We also supported Australia’s first Not for Profit crowd-funding platform, to help connect socially conscious Gen Y donors with Not for Profit fundraising campaigns. Over the next two years, the $460,000 partnership will establish the platform as a new, sustainable social enterprise, support 750 non-profits to raise more than $3 million, and up-skill hundreds of non-profit organisations to fundraise online.

Partnerships

Flagship Partnerships

eSmart in partnership with the Alannah and Madeline Foundation

Telstra Foundation’s eSmart Libraries partnership with The Alannah and Madeline Foundation, launched in 2012, will better equip all 1,500 public libraries across the country and support library users with the skills they need for smart, safe and responsible use of technology. This $8 million, multi-year partnership is one of the most significant community cyber-safety programs ever undertaken in Australia.

See www.esmartlibraries.org.au

Indigenous Digital Excellence in partnership with the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence

In July 2013, the telstra Foundation announced a $5 million, five year partnership with the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence (NCIE) to help create digitally savvy Indigenous students, leaders and entrepreneurs across Australia. Our investment will be used to establish an ‘Indigenous Digital Excellence Hub’ where developers and designers will co-create Indigenous online platforms, apps and events to improve community well-being.

See http://indigenousdigitalexcellence.org.au

eSmart Libraries

Promoting Safe use of Digital Technology

iModeling - Autism SA

Telstra’s Kids Fund

Tuesday, 21st February 2017

A call for nominations has gone out for Australia’s first national Indigenous Digital Excellence (IDX) Awards with a prize pool…Read More

Thursday, 24th November 2016

Domestic violence is a workplace issue according to the Male Champions of Change (MCC), who have released a “pioneering” report…Read More

Tuesday, 22nd November 2016

A deal with telco giant Telstra and Infoxchange will see free access to Ask Izzy – the mobile website that connects people who are homeless…Read More

Monday, 26th September 2016

Not for Profits and social enterprises are being given a chance to harness the power of digital technology with the launch of Australia’s…Read More

Thursday, 25th August 2016

Improving digital ability is key to boosting digital inclusion and ensuring Australians are not missing out on the social, health…Read More

Thursday, 14th July 2016

A Darwin charity providing support to people living with physical and intellectual disabilities has become the first Not for Profit…Read More

Thursday, 26th May 2016

Telecommunications giant Telstra has been chosen over Not for Profits to be awarded a multi-million-dollar contract to manage a new…Read More

Tuesday, 5th April 2016

The Telstra Foundation is offering a free innovation bootcamp custom-designed exclusively for the needs of the Not for Profit sector…Read More

Wednesday, 10th February 2016

The Telstra Australian Business Awards will include a charity award for the first time this year, in a move to recognise the significant…Read More

Tuesday, 29th September 2015

A research project that aims to capture the extent of digital inclusion in Australia has launched in Melbourne.   A joint initiative…Read More

Wednesday, 6th May 2015

Women running social enterprises and Not for Profit organisations are eligible to enter a new category designed to showcase those…Read More

Monday, 9th February 2015

Telecommunications giant Telstra is set to shed 78 jobs with the majority coming from a regional Victorian town. The company confirmed…Read More

Monday, 19th January 2015

One of Australia’s largest telecommunications companies has made a groundbreaking move, offering all 34,000 of its staff…Read More

Wednesday, 3rd December 2014

Many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are embracing new technologies, but significant barriers remain when it comes…Read More

Tuesday, 9th September 2014

A range of apps that help people with disability and older Australians perform activities such as measuring the running cost of household…Read More

Tuesday, 8th April 2014

Communications giant Telstra has joined forces with the industry-led Telco Together Foundation to work together to support Australian…Read More

Thursday, 3rd April 2014

Philanthropic support in the form of seed funding, along with a number of broadcast mentors, have helped launch a new community digital…Read More

Tuesday, 3rd December 2013

The concept of an urban landscaping social enterprise has won The Big Idea, a national social enterprise competition for universities.…Read More

Thursday, 14th November 2013

Social entrepreneurs and Not for Profits who reach their fundraising goals the quickest on the Australian Not for Profit crowdfunding…Read More

Tuesday, 22nd October 2013

Mobile donation platform, GiveEasy has launched an Australian SMS text message ‘giving’ system for Australian charities…Read More

Wednesday, 7th August 2013

New research suggests that 22% of ASX200 listed companies continue to ignore social media channels as a means of communicating Corporate…Read More

Wednesday, 6th February 2013

Producing a sustainability report is becoming an accepted part of corporate accountability. Pro Bono Australia journalist…Read More

Wednesday, 14th November 2012

Tim O’Leary is the Chief Sustainability Officer at Telstra. This is a new role at Telstra with executive responsibility…Read More

Tuesday, 18th September 2012

One hundred community groups across Australia have each been awarded $10,000 from Telstra’s Everyone Connected program to…Read More

Tuesday, 28th August 2012


Prime Minister Julia Gillard with the CEO of Australian Library & Information Association and Telstra Fundation board members,…Read More

Wednesday, 4th July 2012

The Telstra Foundation is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a launch of a new $1million grants program called Everyone Connected.…Read More

Thursday, 9th December 2010

Australian Olympian, and one of the world's greatest middle distance runners, Herb Elliot has retired as Chairman of the Telstra…Read More

Tuesday, 30th March 2010

Almost seventy five percent of people on a low income still consider their home telephone their most important service with many relying…Read More

About Us

Since 2002, the Telstra Foundation has worked with community organisations that have an appetite for social innovation, contributing more than $43 million to over 8,000 innovative community projects.

During this time, we’ve seen the rise of digital communication technologies – new connections, new devices, new social platforms and ‘the app’.

The Telstra Foundation brings the worlds of community organisations and digital technology together. We work with partners to unlock their digital potential so that all Australians – regardless of age, income, location, disability – can enjoy the social and economic benefits of being connected.

Key Telstra Foundation programs:

  • Flagship Partnerships
  • Social Innovation Grants
  • Telstra’s Kids Fund

Community

Employee Giving

Telstra’s Kids Fund

Telstra’s Kids Fund is Telstra Foundation’s employee-directed giving program. Telstra’s Kids Fund provides $1,200 grants to local community organisations involving the participation of a child or young person directly related to a permanent Telstra employee. Annually, we distribute approximately 600 grants to the value of $750,000. The grants support a broad range of initiatives and projects across education, sports and recreation, arts and culture, environment, health, disability and cultural diversity. In the past, we’ve funded musical equipment, educational resources, sports equipment and building upgrades.

See www.kidsfund.telstrafoundation.org

Grants

Social Innovation Grants

The Telstra Foundation supports community driven social innovation through our Social Innovation Grants Fund.

This year, we committed $1 million in Social Innovation Grants. This included a partnership with the MJD Foundation to deliver a digital inclusion program for Indigenous people living with Machado-Joseph Disease (MJD) in the Northern Territory. MJD is a hereditary neurodegenerative condition, life limiting and with no known cure. The $300,000 partnership will use innovative tablet technology to deliver health services and support to 30 Indigenous MJD clients and their carers across six Arnhem Land communities.

We also supported Australia’s first Not for Profit crowd-funding platform, to help connect socially conscious Gen Y donors with Not for Profit fundraising campaigns. Over the next two years, the $460,000 partnership will establish the platform as a new, sustainable social enterprise, support 750 non-profits to raise more than $3 million, and up-skill hundreds of non-profit organisations to fundraise online.

Partnerships

Flagship Partnerships

eSmart in partnership with the Alannah and Madeline Foundation

Telstra Foundation’s eSmart Libraries partnership with The Alannah and Madeline Foundation, launched in 2012, will better equip all 1,500 public libraries across the country and support library users with the skills they need for smart, safe and responsible use of technology. This $8 million, multi-year partnership is one of the most significant community cyber-safety programs ever undertaken in Australia.

See www.esmartlibraries.org.au

Indigenous Digital Excellence in partnership with the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence

In July 2013, the telstra Foundation announced a $5 million, five year partnership with the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence (NCIE) to help create digitally savvy Indigenous students, leaders and entrepreneurs across Australia. Our investment will be used to establish an ‘Indigenous Digital Excellence Hub’ where developers and designers will co-create Indigenous online platforms, apps and events to improve community well-being.

See http://indigenousdigitalexcellence.org.au

Sustainability

News & Media

eSmart Libraries

Promoting Safe use of Digital Technology

iModeling - Autism SA

Telstra’s Kids Fund

News

Tuesday, 21st February 2017

A call for nominations has gone out for Australia’s first national Indigenous Digital Excellence (IDX) Awards with a prize pool…Read More

Thursday, 24th November 2016

Domestic violence is a workplace issue according to the Male Champions of Change (MCC), who have released a “pioneering” report…Read More

Tuesday, 22nd November 2016

A deal with telco giant Telstra and Infoxchange will see free access to Ask Izzy – the mobile website that connects people who are homeless…Read More

Monday, 26th September 2016

Not for Profits and social enterprises are being given a chance to harness the power of digital technology with the launch of Australia’s…Read More

Thursday, 25th August 2016

Improving digital ability is key to boosting digital inclusion and ensuring Australians are not missing out on the social, health…Read More

Thursday, 14th July 2016

A Darwin charity providing support to people living with physical and intellectual disabilities has become the first Not for Profit…Read More

Thursday, 26th May 2016

Telecommunications giant Telstra has been chosen over Not for Profits to be awarded a multi-million-dollar contract to manage a new…Read More

Tuesday, 5th April 2016

The Telstra Foundation is offering a free innovation bootcamp custom-designed exclusively for the needs of the Not for Profit sector…Read More

Wednesday, 10th February 2016

The Telstra Australian Business Awards will include a charity award for the first time this year, in a move to recognise the significant…Read More

Tuesday, 29th September 2015

A research project that aims to capture the extent of digital inclusion in Australia has launched in Melbourne.   A joint initiative…Read More

Wednesday, 6th May 2015

Women running social enterprises and Not for Profit organisations are eligible to enter a new category designed to showcase those…Read More

Monday, 9th February 2015

Telecommunications giant Telstra is set to shed 78 jobs with the majority coming from a regional Victorian town. The company confirmed…Read More

Monday, 19th January 2015

One of Australia’s largest telecommunications companies has made a groundbreaking move, offering all 34,000 of its staff…Read More

Wednesday, 3rd December 2014

Many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are embracing new technologies, but significant barriers remain when it comes…Read More

Tuesday, 9th September 2014

A range of apps that help people with disability and older Australians perform activities such as measuring the running cost of household…Read More

Tuesday, 8th April 2014

Communications giant Telstra has joined forces with the industry-led Telco Together Foundation to work together to support Australian…Read More

Thursday, 3rd April 2014

Philanthropic support in the form of seed funding, along with a number of broadcast mentors, have helped launch a new community digital…Read More

Tuesday, 3rd December 2013

The concept of an urban landscaping social enterprise has won The Big Idea, a national social enterprise competition for universities.…Read More

Thursday, 14th November 2013

Social entrepreneurs and Not for Profits who reach their fundraising goals the quickest on the Australian Not for Profit crowdfunding…Read More

Tuesday, 22nd October 2013

Mobile donation platform, GiveEasy has launched an Australian SMS text message ‘giving’ system for Australian charities…Read More

Wednesday, 7th August 2013

New research suggests that 22% of ASX200 listed companies continue to ignore social media channels as a means of communicating Corporate…Read More

Wednesday, 6th February 2013

Producing a sustainability report is becoming an accepted part of corporate accountability. Pro Bono Australia journalist…Read More

Wednesday, 14th November 2012

Tim O’Leary is the Chief Sustainability Officer at Telstra. This is a new role at Telstra with executive responsibility…Read More

Tuesday, 18th September 2012

One hundred community groups across Australia have each been awarded $10,000 from Telstra’s Everyone Connected program to…Read More

Tuesday, 28th August 2012


Prime Minister Julia Gillard with the CEO of Australian Library & Information Association and Telstra Fundation board members,…Read More

Wednesday, 4th July 2012

The Telstra Foundation is celebrating its 10th anniversary with a launch of a new $1million grants program called Everyone Connected.…Read More

Thursday, 9th December 2010

Australian Olympian, and one of the world's greatest middle distance runners, Herb Elliot has retired as Chairman of the Telstra…Read More

Tuesday, 30th March 2010

Almost seventy five percent of people on a low income still consider their home telephone their most important service with many relying…Read More

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