About Peel Community Foundation

Who Are We

The establishment of the Peel Community Foundation has been headed up by a group of individuals who care about the Peel region and have a vision for what’s possible.

  • Kristie Tonkin
  • Naomi Purcell
  • Tom Huberli
  • Veronica Smith

The Peel Community Foundation objectives, strategy and grant making is driven and directed by these local committee members who operate in partnership with the Fremantle Foundation who host the Peel Community Fund.

The Committee is currently seeking members with legal, accounting and financial investment knowledge and experience. If you have this capability to share please contact one of the above committee members for a discussion about how you might contribute.

Philanthropy in Peel is well within the reach of anybody – everyone can make a difference to the Peel Community Fund with: your financial contribution, your ideas, your network and connections, and your time.

Oakley Dam | Credit: Visit Mandurah | Photographer: Michael Bond

Our Vision

Our Vision is to lead by inspiring and enabling others to collaborate and actively engage in philanthropy in Peel, changing lives and building a stronger community.

We aspire to mature into a community foundation that is effective and impactful in value-adding to both donors, the community and the economy of the Peel region.

Our Mission

The Peel Community Foundation was created to enable our remarkable and diverse community to become an even greater place to live.

Our mission is connecting philanthropy and community to create good…forever..by looking forward and giving back.

Our Values

Mandjar Bay | Credit: Visit Mandurah | Photographer: Brodie Hine

What We Do?

Purpose and Role

The Peel Community Foundation has been set up to inspire and encourage giving and philanthropy in our region.

To make philanthropy more effective, donors from within, and external to, the Peel region are partnering with the Peel Community Foundation so that they can benefit the charitable passions and region they care about for years to come. This is the sustainable legacy that giving to the Peel Community Fund offers you.

Think of this opportunity to be involved as creating/contributing to a philanthropic savings account for the future, with local impact, and managed professionally.

Donations to the Peel Community Fund are “pooled” together. This is creating an ever-increasing endowment fund to address important challenges in our area and create opportunities for social equity to emerge. Donations are tax deductible, allowing for good tax management options.

As the fund is intended to exist in perpetuity the accumulated capital (the corpus) is retained for the future of the region and the income generated through investments is used to meet the needs of our local community through grant making activities.

Grants can be made to organisations that hold both charitable status (TCC) and Deductible Gift Recipient Item 1 (DGR 1) status.

Grant making will be controlled locally via the committee and focus on sustainable projects that create change, give opportunity and address social and environmental challenges critical to our region’s growth.

This is our fund, to support our community through a lasting legacy.

“Everyone can be a philanthropist – Peel Community Fund will help you make a difference in our community with Philanthropy in Peel.”

Peel Community Foundation History

Originally established in 2008 as the Peel Community Foundation (PCF) we initially operated under the umbrella of the Western Australian Community Foundation (WACF).

WACF, which was set up under a Federal Government “Fund for the Future”  program – served as a Trustee for 37 community  foundations across WA. 

In Peel an initial donation of $100,000 from the Western Australia State Government ( through the Peel Development Commission), was provided to PCF. 

The inaugural launch of these funds in 2008 saw a further $100.000 donation from Alcoa of Australia.

The  purpose of the Peel Community Foundation was to support and strengthen the communities  of the Peel region by sourcing, growing and distributing endowed funds. These funds were aimed to support emerging needs in the region –  in the arts, cultural, social, educational, environmental and economic sectors.

 Three rounds were to groups within the Peel region between the launch in 2008 and 2010 when the WACF Board of Directors proceeded to wind up WACF Ltd due to the lack of future funding options

As a consequence WACF was no longer able to act in a trustee role and the funds were frozen. It was another three years  before the Supreme Court assigned a new trust to manage the funds invested in the WACF.

During those  years the PCF was inactive. However in September 2013 the PCF Advisory  Committee  met again to determine the foundation’s future. The decision was made to wind it up and establish a small advisory committee to oversee the use of the remaining funds. 

This smaller Advisory group of Sonya Davies, Andy Gulliver (and for a period Nicole Nugent) followed then by Kristie Tonkin, was set up to oversee the use of the funds through Murdoch University.

The Peel Community Fund Scholarship Program was established in 2014  and scholarships are still  being offered to students of the university’s nursing and science courses in 2022.

Waroona | Credit: Visit Mandurah | Photographer: Russell-Ord-Photography

Partnerships and Supporters

Aligning with our value of ‘Stewardship’ (e.g.saving on administration costs and directing as many resources into our community as possible), the Peel Community Fund is held with the Fremantle Foundation.

By partnering with the Fremantle Foundation, we are able to keep our establishment costs low and earmark all donations received to our region. An annual fee of 1-2% of the value of the fund and granting fees of 5% are paid to the Foundation. In exchange the Fremantle Foundation takes on the role of Trustee and manages all key tasks including social impact reporting and grant making, administration, compliance, investment decisions and financial management.

The Fremantle Foundation is a Public Ancillary Fund, the trustees for the fund is Fremantle Foundation Limited, a charitable company limited by guarantee. It is managed by a volunteer board of directors and aims to create a thriving community in Fremantle, Perth and WA.

Peel Community Fund Partnering with Fremantle Foundation

The Fremantle Foundation is a Public Ancillary Fund. The trustees for the fund is Fremantle Foundation Limited- a charitable company limited by guarantee.

By partnering with the Fremantle Foundation we are able to keep our establishment costs low and earmark all donations received to our region.

To find out more about the Fremantle Foundation check out their website – https://www.fremantlefoundation.org.au/

Our Governance And People

Community Advisory Committee

The establishment of the Peel Community Fund has been headed up by a group of individuals who care about the Peel region and have a vision for what’s possible.
  • Sonya Davies
  • Kristie Tonkin
  • Cathy Barstow
  • Naomi Purcell
  • Barbara King
The Peel Community Fund objectives, strategy and grant making is driven and directed by these local committee members who operate in partnership with the Fremantle Foundation. The Committee is currently seeking members with legal, accounting and financial investment knowledge and experience. If you have this capability to share please contact one of the above committee members for a discussion about how you might contribute.

What We Do?

Purpose and Role

The Peel Community Fund has been set up to inspire and encourage giving and philanthropy in our region.

To make philanthropy more effective, donors from within, and external to, the Peel region are partnering with the Peel Community Fund so that they can benefit the charitable passions and region they care about for years to come. This is the sustainable legacy that the Peel Community Fund offers you.

Think of this opportunity to be involved as creating/contributing to a philanthropic savings account for the future, with local impact, and managed professionally.

Donations to the Peel Community Fund are “pooled” together. This is creating an ever-increasing endowment fund to address important challenges in our area and create opportunities for social equity to emerge. Donations are tax deductible, allowing for good tax management options.

As the fund is intended to exist in perpetuity the accumulated capital (the corpus) is retained for the future of the region and the income generated through investments is used to meet the needs of our local community through grant making activities.

Grants can be made to organisations that hold both charitable status (TCC) and Deductible Gift Recipient Item 1 (DGR 1) status.

Grant making will be controlled locally via the committee and focus on sustainable projects that create change, give opportunity and address social and environmental challenges critical to our region’s growth.

This is our fund, to support our community through a lasting legacy.

Fund Investment

The Fremantle Foundation seeks to produce the best financial return within an acceptable level of risk. The investment objective is to generate a return of inflation plus 4% per annum over the long term, after expenses. This responsible investment approach aims to allow the Foundation to maintain the real value of the assets, while funding annual granting in the region of 4% per annum.

The Peel Community Fund makes it simple for all to be involved in philanthropy in Peel.
You can focus on Looking Forward…Giving Back and not be caught up in the administration of managing your giving, or, the worry of not knowing how to give in a way that is impactful and sustainable.

Collectively we will do more for the Peel region for generations to come.

Contact Peel Community Foundation Today

As a community we can make a difference by helping each other. The Peel Community Foundation offers people with a philanthropic desire to support their community, an opportunity to put their money where their heart is!

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