The Henry Parkes Foundation donates funds to registered charities to advance its objectives, at the discretion of the Trustees, in the following areas:

  • education, particularly the fostering of a strong and effective education system with universal equity of opportunity
  • research and the development of public policy to support a just, open and equitable society that values the public good
  • the history of Australia’s constitutional structure, politics and democratic systems, and their impact on contemporary Australian society
  • initiatives to help Australians understand how their country’s democratic institutions and processes affect their lives and how they can be involved

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June 2020, June 2021 and June 2022: the Henry Parkes Foundation supported the digital excursions program at the Museum of Australian Democracy in Canberra

“Your donation will help us establish a much needed second digital learning studio here at MoAD, and expand our digital learning offerings to schools across Australia. As Australia faces an unprecedented situation that affects society at every level, there has never been a more important time for access to education resources on democracy and citizenship, and MoAD is committed to helping teachers and students stay connected, even while students are learning from home.”

Daryl Karp AM, Director, Museum of Australian Democracy

June 2021: the UNSW Division of Philanthropy benefited from a donation from the Foundation to support a national education strategy, Uluru Dialogues, led by the UNSW Indigenous Law Centre, for a Voice to Parliament enshrined in the Australian Constitution

“The Uluru Statement from the Heart is a gift. It is a roadmap to peace. It is an exercise in nation-building. It is a conversation that speaks to the heart. A conversation about how we can all belong, together. The roadmap is Voice, Treaty and Truth. And we are calling on all Australians to walk with us for an enshrined Voice to Parliament, so agreement-making and truth-telling can finally occur on equal terms.”

Uluru Dialogues