Who We Are
First Nations Foundation (FNF) was established in early 2006 by a group of respected First Australian leaders, with the vision of enabling First Australians* to make informed decisions about their financial wellbeing, in turn securing a sound economic future for themselves and their communities.
FNF is a not-for-profit public company limited by guarantee and is endorsed as a Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR). It was established with the support and assistance of Credit Union Australia, Arnold Bloch Leibler and the ANZ Bank..
The development of a sound economic base in the First Australian community is paramount to the future of First Australian people. In order to be in a position to protect the things that they value and to sustain culture and a sense of identity, they need to build the capacity to be equal players in the mainstream economy. ‘Closing the gap’ in critical areas of financial and economic participation is also a key to improved health, employment and education outcomes, enabling First Australians to live full and productive lives – living, learning and earning.
*Note the term “First Australian” refers to the Aboriginal and or indigenous people of Australia.
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12 June 2015
The Foundation was pleased to be invited to be part of the Inaugural Indigenous Superannuation Summit. The summit is able to be viewed online, please follow the link below.
Well done to AIST and the working group for their efforts in making the day a reality.
28 May 2015
Publicity launch for the Financial Services Councils Cutural Capability Standards Native Title. The launch was held at Parliament House.
22 April 2015
Today the foundation launched our workplace and community fundraising initiative, as a way individuals and groups can support the great work we do. If you would like to learn more, visit our community fundraising page under the support us tab, or download the kit below.
12 December 2014
We are pleased to launch the Evaluation report from the My Moola "Opening Financial Pathways" program national rollout. The evaluation was conducted by The Brotherhood of St Lawrence and report written by Dr Nikki Moodie, Fatoumata Diallo Roost and Eric Dommers.
The report contains the feedback and evaluations from participants, facilitators and managers across programs delivered by the Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency, Mullum Mullum Indigenous Gathering Place in Melbourne VIC and The Yandina Family Services in Roebourne WA.
Please follow the link for the press release and to download a copy of the report
26 November 2014
It's been a while since we have shared with you a video from our My Moola Digital stories. Today we hear from Emma a employee of VACCA who also attended the My Moola program.
23 September 2014
FNF is proud to release the very first edition of the First Nations Foundation Update which is our bi-annual newsletter. If your keen to find out about our exciting news and activities you can download the newsletter below
29 August 2014
First Nations Foundation is pleased to announce the beginning of a partnership with Desart for the development of unique financial literacy program for remote Indigenous artist. Desart is the non-profit peak industry body for over forty Central Australian Aboriginal art centres. Art centre members are community-based enterprises, owned and managed by Aboriginal people in their communities. Based in Alice Springs, they provide economic, social and cultural benefits. Desart member’s represent approximately 3000 artists, from sixteen distinct language groups spread across the Central desert region of Australia who reside in communities across South Australia, Western Australia and Northern Territory.
Check out the Desart Video at https://vimeo.com/103207309
21 August 2014
During the 6th to 8th of August FNF had the pleasure of attending the Financial Services Councils Annual Conference - ACCELERATE. The Foundation was extremely excited to unveil our first exhibition booth designed by WOW Design.
The session explored Indigenous engagement with the financial services industry and consider the role of trustee companies in managing indigenous capital (including Native Title).
Most importantly we would like to thank the FSC and its members for their kind support of the Foundation and the work we do.
23 July 2014
Hope to see all you Sydney mob at the Big Koori Super Day Out
13 June 2014
Check out the story by Auntie Judith Jackson from Melbourne who participated in the My Moola program at VACCA. Aunt has some tips for saving without having to sacrifice your social life
3rd June 2014
7th May 2014
Megan is a Manager at VACCA who is sharing how My Moola has helped their clients make connections within the community and become great friends.
3rd April 2014
Recently we uploaded 2 new my Moola and Waba Garrungu digital stories on our facebook page. Thanks to Melissa and Chelsea for sharing their experiences
7th February 2014
Today we are hearing from 2 participants of the My Moola program at MMIGP - Jacqueline Harney and Vanessa Scales
7th January 2014
To kick off the new year we have released another story from one of our My Moola Facilitators. Meet John Baxter from Mullum Mullum Indigenous Gathering Place.
13th December 2013
Today's video we are hearing from Raven in Roebourne who was able to save for a car after participating in the Wabu Garrungu program in Yaandina.
27th November 2013
Time to hear from one of our facilitators who is involved in the My Moola program, John Wayne Parsons who delivers My Moola through the Victorian Aboriginal Child Care Agency (VACCA)
15th November 2013
Check out the first Melbourne My Moola Digital story to be released. James Cusick was a participant in our My Moola program delivered through Mullum Mullum Indigenous Gathering Place (MMIGP)
31st July 2013
The Financial Services Council (FSC) has announced a long-term partnership alliance with First Nations Foundation (FNF) to help improve the financial literacy of Indigenous Australians
For more information on the alliance please check out our cause alliance page.
You can also find more information on the FSC and the alliance on the FSC website using the link below.