The Jack & Robert Smorgon Families Foundation was formed to represent the philanthropic values of Jack and Robert Smorgon and their families.
“Our vision is for the Family to contribute and enjoy philanthropy through involvement, education and passion. The Foundation was not established purely to provide financial contribution to worthy causes, but as a vehicle to keep the family members of all ages involved and to enjoy the interaction of the various generations towards a common goal”
Jack & Robert Smorgon
The Jack & Robert Smorgon Families Foundation provides financial support to many charitable organisations and endeavours to bring an elevated level of energy and contribution from the 30 members of the family through Board representation, fundraising, networking and hands on volunteering to community causes.
The Foundation does not formally receive application for grants, but prefers to identify under resourced areas of the community and work in partnership with Government and other foundations and trusts to provide solutions.
“The focus to our philanthropy has always been to support community issues, through being creative, innovative and bestow the strength of our family's passion behind it”.
Andrew Blode – family member and CEO of the Jack & Robert Smorgon
Over 10 years the Foundation has partnered the Victorian Government with the Victoria Prize Scientific innovation award and the Premiers Award for Health & Medical Research, by providing financial assistance to the institutions associated with the awards to further develop and continue their exceptional research. In addition the Foundation established the Victorian Children Communities Awards with the Victorian Government to recognise the excellent work provided by the community sector.
Together with other trusts and foundations, the Jack & Robert Smorgon Families Foundation established the Australian Council for Children and Youth Organisations (ACCYO), which has now merged with the Australian Childhood Foundation. The aim of ACCYO is to nationally "Safeguard Children from Child Abuse". Today over 200 orginisations providing services to over 100,000 children and young people around Australia are being trained in strengthening their policies and procedures to prevent the risk of children becoming abused.
The Jack & Robert Smorgon Families Foundation is a major financial contributor to community causes both within Australia and overseas and the added element of family involvement all facilitate to make a difference.