Sydney Women’s Fund2022-06-17T10:37:07+10:00

Sydney Women's Fund

Portraits for

In early June 2022, world-renowned photographer Hugh Stewart set up a pop-up studio in Lidcombe to take portraits of recently arrived Ukrainian families displaced by the conflict in their homeland. The beautiful pictures he took capture the strength and resilience within this community, who have left behind loved ones, homes, schools, careers and more. 

On Sunday 26th June 2022, Hugh will generously give his time to another portrait session – this time taking photos of Sydneysiders who are willing to donate the cost of their portrait for purpose. All proceeds from the photoshoot will go to support displaced Ukrainians living in Sydney. 

Date: Sunday 26th June 2022
Location: 9 Halls Lane, Woollahra, NSW 2025
Cost: $120 per portrait, payment will be taken on the day.

To book a time slot – sign up below.

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Sydney Women?

Sydney Women’s Fund is a voice for women and a force for change.
Every year we grant to and co-design programs that support Sydney women and girls to achieve equity and access opportunity. 

But this work is not done in isolation. Every three years we conduct research among the women of greater Sydney to make sure we are on track to meet the needs of our female community. Doing this means we know exactly which areas to advocate for. It also helps major donors and corporate social impact teams who want to understand the basis of our granting.

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The story of women's lives through the pandemic and an important update on our baseline survey taking the pulse of Sydney women.

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Georgina Byron AM, Chair Sydney Women's Fund Advisory Council and Nicola Verco, member Sydney Women's fund Advisory Council 

 Sydney Women's Fund supporting Be Kind Sydney Appeal 

A message to our donors 

Please enjoy the rich diversity of programs responding to the needs of women and families across Greater Sydney. We thank our charity partners for the work they do to strengthen women's lives and community. And a huge thank you to our generous donors whose support enables this vital, kind work.

Chair, Sydney Women's Fund Advisory Council

How Sydney Women's Fund is helping local women in need

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$10 million

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Grassroots giving goes further

Local solutions to local problems

Each year Sydney Women’s Fund co-designs and funds programs that support locals in need.

As specialists in grassroots, frontline programs, we undertake extensive due diligence before partnering with local non-profits or making donations on your behalf.

Our programs for women and families support the most vulnerable – programs for young mothers, older women, domestic violence survivors, Indigenous people, migrants and asylum seekers.

We support programs that teach boys to grow into kind, strong men, strengthen mental health and emotional resilience, provide food and shelter, and much, much more.

We operate in Sydney’s most disadvantaged geographies. Our local partners often do not have the resources to promote their work, fundraise, advocate to government, or access experts. Instead, they rely on us, and our donors, for support.

We are the bridge between corporate, family and individual donors and little known but highly effective grassroots programs. Together, we have connected 3,000+ donors, and more than $10million in donations, to 350+ non-profits in the last decade. And when you give to local charities with low overheads, your dollar goes further. 

For example, what started with donations to buy a coffee machine, has grown to fund five profit for purpose businesses and pay more than $145,400 in wages annually while women gain a TAFE qualification and job skills. The COVID restrictions have made our job more important than ever.

Major supporters

Supported by major foundations, corporate partnerships and government,
we are able to provide multi-year sustainable funding to grassroots programs
creating opportunities for women and families across Greater Sydney.

Sydney Women's Fund thanks our multi year Major Sponsor

With thanks to our many ongoing supporters including:

Advocacy & Research

Sydney women's Fund launches Women's Work documentary series

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Sydney Women?

Hopes Dreams and Fears of Sydney women

A powerful and concerning
picture of the financial vulnerability of far too many Sydney women.

If Sydney were 100 women

My biggest fear is having to work into my
70’s and struggling to find real long-term work
beyond contract or casual positions.

Who we support

Since it began over a decade ago, Sydney Women's Fund has fundraised for many programs
to enrich and transform the Greater Sydney community and beyond.
Below are some of the community organisations that have received valuable support.

Your donations in action

Pat Hall CEO and Carole Anne Priest Chair, LNC awarded for social enterprise programs.

Try Time transition to high school and respectful relationships for boys

Women's Business Incubator social enterprise start-up scholarships

I believe the partnership we have formed with Sydney Women's Fund
and their donors has brought about enormous change in the community,
it has empowered women, fostered community engagement
and created community leaders.

Pat Hall CEO Liverpool Neighbourhood Connections

Retail Training Graduates celebrate at The Social Outfit

Sydney Women's Fund x Ginger&Smart 'Earn and Learn' project in Fairfield

Sydney Women's Fund X Ginger&Smart and The Social Outfit 'Earn and Learn' project

My first job in Australia is because of my training
and experience there. I pay tax now. It feels good
to give back and pay my own way.

Kimi* (Age 40, Sri Lanka) Sydney Women's Fund Tote participant at The Social Outfit

Strong Mothers provides Aboriginal mothers with trauma support

Access to Empowerment provides financial capability through WAGEC

Bonnie Support Services outreach creates safe spaces and connections for women

“I thank you for all the blessings that you and your gorgeous team have given us and more importantly the amazing life tools that we will take with us.”

Rochelle* (Age 43, Family Violence Survivor) participant Hope and Heal Retreat

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You can belong to a community of women who believe in her potential,
and yours! Join Sydney Women’s Fund and help us invest, inspire and
create opportunities for local women and girls to thrive.

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creating opportunities for women in need

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Be inspired by our Stories of Change from
 women and girls right here in Sydney.

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they deal with challenges and success

Give girls and young women the freedom to
 be and power to choose their own future.

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