Giving back

What’s the point if you can’t make a difference?

We want to leave the world a better place than we found it.  I’m particularly grateful for the opportunities that I have had which are a direct result of a great education and the empowerment that comes with winning the genetic / geographic lottery of life.  For that reason, I choose to invest in organisations that are focused on empowering those who need it most.

The Hunger Project

I am a Global Investor in the Hunger Project (THP) – a global, non-profit, strategic organization committed to the sustainable end of world hunger. In Africa, South Asia and Latin America, THP seeks to end hunger and poverty by empowering people to lead lives of self-reliance, meet their own basic needs and build better futures for their children.

THP operates in 11 Program Countries: Bangladesh, Benin, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, India, Malawi, Mexico, Mozambique, Senegal and Uganda and partners with local organizations in Bolivia and Peru.

Kiva Loans

Fighting poverty with small loans of US$25 at a time.  Whilst over the last couple of years we’ve only contributed $209 – as our Kiva loans have been repaid and ‘recycled’ we’ve loaned US$1200 to entrepreneurs and students all over the world.  Feels awesome, makes a difference – isn’t deductible, but who cares!

Smith Family: Learning for Life

Education has the power to change lives and break the cycle of disadvantage.

To improve a young person’s chances to create a better economic future for themselves, research tell us it’s important for children to be engaged in school and stay until Year 12 or equivalent. But sadly not every child has the same opportunities to achieve this.

The Smith Family’s learning for life work focuses on Australian children in families and communities where we know it’s harder for them to fully participate in their education without some help.

The Learning for Life program provides emotional, practical and financial support to help disadvantaged children and young people with their education. Our support starts in the early years of learning development and continues through primary and high school. Our programs help build skills, knowledge, motivation, self-belief and a network of positive relationships with parents, peers and significant others. This support increases a young person’s likelihood of remaining engaged with school, completing Year 12 and developing realistic and informed study and career pathways for life beyond the school gate.