About Colonial Foundation
The Colonial Foundation was established in 1996, following the demutualisation of The Colonial Mutual Life Assurance Society Limited. The Foundation aims to make a positive contribution to society by partnering with leading charitable organisations to support them in developing innovative solutions that address contemporary Australian societal issues around poverty and disadvantage.
The Foundation has supported a wide range of projects across Australia in the following broad areas:
- health and wellbeing, particularly youth mental health
- at-risk and vulnerable families
- vocational and educational training programs, especially those targeting communities with high levels of youth unemployment/educational disengagement
- indigenous enterprise and sustainable community capacity building
- medical research and innovation
- community inclusion, especially in extending arts and cultural programs into regional and rural Australian communities.
The Foundation is endorsed by the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) as a Charitable Trust and registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profit Commission (ACNC).
Support for SANE
The Colonial Foundation has provided a substantial multi-year grant to facilitate the growth and extension of the SANE Forums which were launched in late 2014.
With this generous support, the Forums are now reaching more people in every Australian state and territory through an ever-growing number of partnerships with mental health organisations. Importantly, this funding has also allowed us to provide live moderation 24 hours a day, seven days a week ensuring a safe, supportive and thriving online community.
Thanks to Colonial’s support, we have also been able to raise awareness of the SANE Forums, particularly in rural and regional areas where isolation is a major issue for people affected by mental illness. In 2015, SANE partnered with the ABC to continue the many conversations started by the Mental As initiative. This led to tens of thousands of Australians visiting the SANE Forums.