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New Program for Coopers Foundation

The Coopers Foundation has provided support and financial assistance to over 250 different charities and has contributed over $ 4.2 million to them. However, it has now introduced a new program that will provide $150,000 to a selected charity over three years. And each year a new charity or group will be selected for this three-year program, which will great expand the contributions given to these community organisations.

The Coopers foundation began with the brewery’s expansion at Regency Park. The expansion allowed for tours of the brewery by members of the public. With other breweries charging for tours, Dr. Tim Cooper suggested that they charge people for the tours and contributed the fees to charity. With the basis for the foundation laid out, it quickly grew with additional activities at the brewery, such as donations, recycling and special events.

So a great way to get involved is by going on a tour yourself, as it helps everyone.

You can read the full press release below for more information.

Coopers Brewery Foundation Introduces New Giving Program

The charitable arm of Coopers Brewery, the Coopers Brewery Foundation, has introduced a new Sustainable Giving program to run in conjunction with its normal philanthropic work.

Under the program, an eligible charity or organisation will be awarded $150,000, paid over three years.

One new charity will be chosen each year, meaning that by 2019, the Foundation will be supporting three organisations simultaneously under the program.

Coopers Brewery Foundation Chair, Melanie Cooper, said the program had been in the planning stages since 2016 and was designed to provide long-term certainty for the chosen organisation.

“One of the challenges facing charities and organisations relying on charitable grants is that long-term planning is difficult,” she said.

“We see this as a way of helping reduce that uncertainty. The charity can plan for the future knowing they will have guaranteed income for the next three years.”

Ms Cooper said this year’s successful recipient would be chosen from the aged care, medical research, or health care sectors. The 2018 grant would focus on family and community, while 2019 would be dedicated to youth education.

More than 70 applications had been received by the June 1 closing date with the following charities selected to proceed to the next stage in the evaluation process:

  • Australian Dental Outreach Foundation
  • Centre for Eye Research Australia
  • Hannah’s House
  • Parkinson’s SA
  • St John Ambulance NT
  • Women’s and Children’s Hospital Foundation

The successful charity will be chosen at the Foundation’s September Board meeting.

In further news, the Foundation has reached a significant milestone, donating more than $4.2 million to 254 Australian charitable projects since its establishment in 2006.

The milestone was reached at the Foundation’s annual charity golf day, where more than $108,000 was raised for Youth Opportunities and Operation Flinders.

The Foundation’s income is derived from non-operational fundraising efforts of the brewery, including tours, special events, recycling of waste materials, and donations from corporate partners, shareholders and members of the public.

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Rick Besserdin is a home brewer and journalist, who specialises in writing about the diverse areas of beer, brewing, and technical automotive.

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