The Fairley Foundation is a place-based funder, focused on supporting programs in Greater Shepparton. We empower grassroots community programs that contribute to making Greater Shepparton more liveable, culturally rich, educationally successful and supportive of diversity.
The Foundation provides advocacy and financial support for innovative programs that enhance access to education, culture and the arts, resulting in:
- more children and young people engaged in education and / or work;
- a thriving arts and creative community with broad access to inspirational music and dance education;
- events that enhance liveability and celebrate creativity, such as the Shepparton Festival
- intercultural understanding and greater tolerance of difference; and
- recognition of the culture and talents of our Indigenous communities.
Our grants program supports initiatives within these aspirations.
As one of the Founders and subsequently Managing Director of Shepparton Preserving Company Ltd (SPC), Sir Andrew created what by the mid-1960’s was the largest fruit canning complex in the Southern Hemisphere. He was equally committed to the civic prosperity of Shepparton and its governance. He became the first Mayor of Shepparton in 1927, and the first Mayor of the City of Greater Shepparton in 1948.
In creating the Sir Andrew and Lady Foundation, he specified that the Foundation should principally be for the benefit of people and communities of the Greater Shepparton area.
Over nearly 60 years, the Foundation has been recognised as a trusted voice in the Shepparton community, influential in many areas of local life, including through the establishment of the Greater Shepparton Foundation. It has played an important role in enhancing outcomes in education, employment, the arts, health, sport, cultural diversity and social justice.
The Fairley Leadership Program, established by the Fairley Foundation in 1997, has been one of the most successful regional leadership development programs in Australia.
Carefully designed to develop and maximise an individual’s capacity for community leadership, the year-long Program offers opportunities for local leaders from all walks of life within the Goulburn Murray region to build their skills, knowledge, resilience and capacity as leaders.
The Program provides a mix of learning environments, encouraging the development of a vigorous network of community leaders in a model which has been replicated many times since it was established, across Australia and the Pacific.
An evaluation found that Fairley Leadership Program alumni were more likely than other members of the community to take on roles in school boards, council, as well as commercial and government leadership.
Established with funding from the Fairley Foundation, the Program is now run by Goulburn Murray Community Leadership. The Fairley Foundation continues to show a strong interest in the progress of participants and trustees have endorsed continued use of the Fairley name for the Program.
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Contact Toni Lalich, our Executive Officer, and found out about how you can partner with the Fairley Foundation.