Giving Back

Philanthropy is important for our clients, as well as Ords as an organisation. We provide corporate support for those in need, while a significant contribution is also made by our employees to make an impactful difference in the community

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Collectively making a difference

We like to think we’re a dedicated bunch at Ord Minnett, for both our clients and the community.

We know the importance of walking the talk, especially when it comes to giving back. Many of our employees dedicate their time and money to supporting charities and we help clients who want to give back, with advice on structured giving through Ords’ philanthropic services.

Ord Minnett team attending a charity event

Ords employees are proudly engaged in charitable giving

Since 2019, the Ord Minnett Charities Fund has been enabling employees to donate and fundraise for charities and foundations. The Charities Fund will match (up to a prescribed amount) employee donations to worthwhile charities.

The charities and foundations supported by the Fund are selected by a committee, made up of passionate Ords staff from all levels of the organisation, including Warwick Smith AO, Chairman and Karl Morris AO, Ord Minnett CEO and Managing Director.

Since inception, hundreds of thousands of dollars have been donated to charities via our fund, which is a result of generous contributions from staff and management.

Ongoing Corporate Support for those in need

With input from employees, the Charitable Fund Committee analysed thousands of charities to identify five organisations to support. Staff decided the Fund would support high impact organisations across three key areas:

Vulnerable children and families
Children’s illnesses and disabilities
Domestic violence support

Helping women and children escaping domestic violence

Mary’s House is a 100 percent community-funded organisation that helps women and children escaping domestic violence. The service enables the women and children to feel safe and empowered to take the first steps in rebuilding their lives.

Mary’s House can have a profound impact on the lives they support. Clients often arrive with just the clothes on their backs. Care starts with immediate essentials such as food, clothing and shelter, and can progress through to the development of tailored plans for them to move forward with their lives.

Building positive futures across South East Queensland

Traction engages young people aged 12-15 in a workshop environment, to get “on the tools” with hands-on learning and mentoring programs where they complete projects such as building bikes to build resilience skills and experience a sense of success.

Traction has helped more than 2,000 young people build positive futures across South East Queensland. The support helps put them on a path to employment and independence. The early intervention and prevention approach delivers a significant return for young people and the community.

Offering a safe space for those impacted by domestic violence

Ord Minnett is Pop In’s first corporate sponsor. Pop In is an organisation that runs programmes to support women and children navigate the impact of domestic violence. Pop In can assist with a range of services including developing safety plans, applying for housing, talking to police, getting legal advice and accessing mental health support.

Pop In has had a genuine impact on the lives of many women and children living in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales. They understand recovering from domestic violence can be a long journey, which is why they offer a safe space for those impacted to regroup, rebuild, connect and thrive.

The Hutt St Centre has a vision to end homelessness in Adelaide

They empower people at risk of or experiencing homelessness, supporting them to rebuild their lives and identify a pathway to homefulness. The Centre helps fulfil immediate needs such as a shower or meal as well as long terms needs, like connecting them with housing, education and employment.

More than 850 people at risk of experiencing homelessness walk through the Centre’s doors in search of support each month. Volunteers and financial contributions are going a long way to help change the lives for the better of those utilising Hutt St’s services.

Providing almost 3 million lunches to Aussie kids in need to date

Eat Up provides free lunches to primary and secondary students who would otherwise go through their school day with an empty stomach, lacking the nutrients they need to concentrate and learn. Each week, Eat Up makes and delivers over 15,000 lunches directly to schools for vulnerable children and to date has provided almost three million lunches to Aussie kids in need.

One in five students at the schools Eat Up supports need an Eat Up lunch. Volunteers and donations have been key to the organisation’s growth, from supporting 20 regional Victorian schools in 2014, to now reaching 700+ schools in NSW, NT, QLD, VIC and WA.

Ord Minnett in the Community

View our employees supporting charitable causes around Australia

Boosting Charitable Contributions

In addition to ongoing support for our five selected charities on a corporate level, we encourage staff who have a deep time and financial involvement with a charity to pitch to the Fund for one off $5,000 donations.

Below is a number of deep involvement staff charities that we have supported:

Friedreich Ataxia Research Australia logo
Friedreich Ataxia Research Australia
Giant Steps
Plates 4 Mates
The Smith Family“ Learning for Life”
Nerve Connection Foundation
Cerebral Palsy Alliance
Disabled Wintersport Australia
MND and Me

The Ord Minnett Charities Fund Committee

The Committee is made up of volunteers, who represent all levels of passionate Ords staff, including Warwick Smith AO, Chairman and Karl Morris AO, Ord Minnett CEO. The Fund seeks to support a range of charities and causes, and the committee meets on a regular basis to continually review the performance and progress of the Fund’s charitable giving.

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