Established in 2003, the Northern Rivers Community Foundation (NRCF) is a community-based philanthropic organisation that leads positive change across the Northern Rivers by empowering communities to thrive.

In a standard charity you might raise a million dollars in one year, and give away $700k, but then you have to raise the money all over again the next year. This does not happen at NRCF. Your donations are invested in our perpetual fund, and we only give away the interest and dividends from those investments in the form of grants.

We build healthy and resilient communities by supporting local not-for-profit and grassroots organisations who are tackling challenging social and environmental problems. We connect our wonderful giving community of individuals, families, businesses, private and public foundations to local causes that matter.

Through a network of over 350 community organisations, NRCF's evidence-based grant making supports a wide range of community-led projects.

With around $2.1 million in our perpetuity funds, and our annual grant distributions growing to nearly $4 million in 2023, NRCF leverages substantial social impact for the Northern Rivers. We back our communities to deliver local, innovative approaches that ultimately result in a more connected and thriving community and region.

The Northern Rivers Community Foundation - Our Reach 2023

In all that we do at NRCF we are driven by and committed to:

We are trustworthy, accountable, and act with transparency.

We are a family of members and benefactors welcoming people from diverse communities across the whole of the Northern Rivers of NSW.

Connecting heartfelt giving with communities caring for our people, our wildlife, and our natural environment.

Social Responsibility
Our work strives to support communities in a balanced and considered way to be socially just, sustainable, and to thrive.

Being Visionary
We act boldly, courageously and with innovation so we may continue to support positive community impact in perpetuity.

Annual Reports

NRCF 2023 Annual Report
2023 Annual Report


2022 Annual Report


2021 Annual Report


2020 Annual Report


2019 Annual Report


2018 Annual Report


Since 2004 NRCF has granted
across the 7 shires of the Northern Rivers

Community organisations in the Northern Rivers can apply for grants from NRCF every year. We give small grants ranging from $500 to $10,000. In 2020 a total of $190,420 was distributed through our Community Grants program to projects and organisations in Northern Rivers across 33 organisations.

Here are some examples of what your donations can be used for:

Supporting disadvantaged youth achieve sustainable employment

For a free counselling program for families supporting loved ones in rehabilitation

To provide a social enterprise for women who are homeless or at risk of homelessness

To create a safe environment for teenagers to talk about domestic abuse

List of projects funded in 2020

We acknowledge there will always be disadvantage in our community. So we have set up a Foundation that will always be here to tackle that. We’re not a flash in the pan, we’re established, we’re ongoing, and we’ll keep filling those gaps in the long run. We’re expanding our reach, our impact and our programs so that the entire Northern Rivers can receive our support. Rest assured we’re in it for the long haul — our organisation, our people and our programs have serviced the Northern Rivers since 2004.