The Minderoo Foundation
The Minderoo Foundation was founded by Andrew and Nicola Forrest in 2001 with a vision to give a hand up, not a hand out. The Foundation has committed over $245 million to philanthropic causes and supported more than 250 organisations in Australia and abroad.
We take a preventative approach through our philanthropy, which goes to the heart of Minderoo’s efforts under the Thrive by Five initiative. Minderoo believes that by taking a long term and evidence-based approach to early childhood development as a nation, all children in Australia will thrive by the age of five. By starting school with the readiness to learn, a child is more likely to meet future health, education and emotional milestones.
In order to achieve this and building on a shared goal, Minderoo’s founding investment in CoLab represents our belief that sound evidence, developed and translated in collaboration with a variety of stakeholders, is critical to achieving strong policy and practice. CoLab will translate what we already know for practical application and answer new questions to help build the case for a stronger early childhood system across Australia.
In addition to CoLab, our efforts include support for innovative models of service delivery, research partnerships and engagement with all levels of government on new policy initiatives. We believe integrated thinking across disciplines at a community and policy level is the most effective way to provide positive experiences in the early years and build happy, healthy and thriving children.
We invite you to join us in this important collaboration to enhance the lives of children across Australia.