In 1888, John Bateman Harcourt opened the door on what would become the first ever Harcourts office of the fastest growing real estate group in Australasia, and beyond.
For 120 years we’ve proudly worked in our communities everyday to fulfil people’s dreams of achieving a home. Alongside that we have also built a long and enthusiastic history of supporting thousands of community initiatives to benefit tens of thousands of our neighbours.
After asking our Harcourts team in 2008 if there was a better way to invest in the communities where we work, live and play, their overwhelming response led to the launch of The Harcourts Foundation in Australia and New Zealand.
Our Purpose: To provide support that helps, grows and enriches our communities.
As we grow the Harcourts real estate brand across new countries and markets, we also look forward to building this exciting legacy that is The Harcourts Foundation.
The success of our business relies on the well-being and success of the communities where we operate. And the global success of the Harcourts brand is not just about business success, but about being in a position to make even more of a positive difference to our communities.
In 2008, Harcourts launched The Harcourts Foundation as our own charitable entity for us to raise and donate money to groups focused on benefiting as many people as possible in the communities where our offices operate.
While Harcourts people have a long history of generosity dating back to when our first office opened in 1888, we believe that The Harcourts Foundation is the most meaningful way we can contribute towards building successful vibrant communities where people (including our Harcourts people) are proud to live, work, and play.
The Mater Foundation – Smiling for Smiddy (Qld, SA, NSW) - $27,660
Smiling for Smiddy - established in honour of keen triathlete Adam Smiddy who passed away from an aggressive melanoma in 2006, aged just 26 years old - is a national program of cycling and triathlon challenge events funding cancer research at The Mater Foundation. Three Harcourts CEOs – Brendan Whipps (Qld), Mark Morrison (NSW) and Andrew Friebe (SA) rode 1700 kilometres over 9 days, from Adelaide to Uluru, to raise funds for this worthy cause.
Royal Guide Dogs for the Blind Association of Tasmania (Tasmania) - $3,000
Guide Dogs Tasmania (GDT) is a non-government, not-for-profit organisation that provides Guide Dogs, life-skills, orientation and mobility and children and family services to, and advocacy for, Tasmanians who are blind or vision-impaired. They have been providing services for Tasmanians for almost 60 years. Funds will be used to purchase a specially bred Guide Dog puppy from an Australian Guide Dog breeding centre on the mainland. The puppy will be born on the mainland and then brought over to Tasmania at around eight weeks to start its journey to become a fully qualified Guide Dog. The puppy would be born in May, selected from the litter in June and arrive in Tasmania in July.
Make a Wish Foundation of Australia - Bernie Branch (Tasmania) - $5,200
Make-A-Wish(R) Australia grants wishes to children under the age of 18 with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength & joy. A wish is the adversity of a child’s imagination; I wish to have; I wish to go; I wish to be; I wish to meet. Over 1100 volunteers throughout Australia are granting in excess of 530 wishes each year and by 2023 it’s expected this figure will rise to 2000 a year. There are 57 branches who look after specific areas and Burnie Branch services the area between Penguin, Smithton, King Island & the West Coast. Due to the recent flooding at Wivenhoe where our storage sheds are, Burnie branch has lost - amongst other important items -our stock that is used for raffles, auctions equipment such as sound system etc. Subsequently we can't have any of these events until these items are replaced. This is important to us to help keep the dollars coming in to finance not only our local wishes but all wishes in Australia.
Launceston Life Saving Club Inc. (Tasmania) - $2,590
Launceston Life Saving Club (LSC) was created in 1998 and provides a safe aquatic environment for the community recreating in a number of municipalities in Northern and North Eastern Tasmania including West Tamar, George Town, Dorset, Northern Midlands, Meander Valley and Latrobe. During this time, floodwater damaged essential equipment stored within their clubhouse and equipment storage shed. Among the equipment irreparably damaged was six rescue boards, four of which were funded by a Round 28 Harcourts Foundation Grant. The rescue boards are not covered by emergency assistance as the damage is classed as flood damage. Grant funds will be used to replace two of these rescue boards.
Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals QLD (Queensland) - $1,500
RSPCA Queensland is the state's oldest, largest and leading animal welfare charity, dedicated to improving the lives of all domestic, farmed and native animals throughout Queensland. RSPCA has a long history of caring for all creatures great and small, spanning over 130 years. In 2014/15 we provided care and protection to 44,965 abused, neglected or unwanted animals. None of this would be possible without the support of the community, which funds more than 99% of our work. RSPCA provides services across the state with 12 Animal Care Centres including Brisbane, Bundaberg, Cairns, Dakabin, Gold Coast, Gympie, Kingaroy, Mackay, Noosa, Rockhampton, Toowoomba and Townsville; five 'Friends of' Groups (volunteers); and 21 Inspectors covering all of Queensland. Funds requested will provide veterinary cover (de-sexing, health check, vaccinations, microchipping, worming, flea control), care, and shelter for up to 20 animals for 35 days.
Riding for the Disabled (NSW) Illawarra Centre (New South Wales) - $2,500
The centre teaches children and adults with disabilities horse care and riding skills, which improves their motor skills, confidence, self-esteem, coordination, balance, muscular development and fitness, communication skills and leadership. It also provides families with the chance to socialise and form friendships with others in similar circumstances, who have a true understanding of what they are going through, lessening the isolation often felt. Grant funds will be used to purchase and embroider at least 50 shirts and caps/hats in RDA colours for volunteers and riders.
Kidzucate Inc. (Western Australia) - $6,000
Kidzucate Inc. is a non-profit and Charity Organisation founded in 2013 by Sian Williams, at the age of 6. Sian was a victim of bullying because of her stutter, but instead of allowing it to consume her, she bravely decided to seek a proactive solution to the wider problem presented by bullying. Sian was awarded the 2014 Pride of Australia Young Leader Medal for W.A, and she is also the youngest delegate in the world to receive the Human Rights Hero Award at the 2014 Youth for Human Rights Summit in Brussels, Belgium. It goes without saying that this is a truly amazing achievement for anyone, much less a child of her age. Funds will be used to develop Advocacy Packs for each Youth Advocate to run their Take-A-Stand Bully Prevention Program.
The Bays Hospital Group (Victoria) - $3,995
The Bays Healthcare Group serves the Mornington Peninsula community through the provision of high- quality healthcare service, and currently operates an acute hospital and maternity unit, aged care and dementia facility and Dialysis Unit. The Bays does not receive ongoing funding from either state or federal governments and rely on the support of the local community to remain viable. This grant for $3,995.00 will be used to purchase a portable Phototherapy Light Unit for The Bays Special Care Nursery, essential in the care of at-risk newborns. Last year, one in four babies born at The Bays Hospital were cared for in the Special Care Nursery, and fifty-eight of these babies were diagnosed with jaundice, treatable with Phototherapy Light Units. Currently, their Level II low-care Special Care Nursery is not adequate. Due for completion in later August, a new state-of-the-art Level II high-care Special Care Nursery will feature a dedicated purpose-built resuscitation room, along with extra cots and the latest advanced medical emergency equipment.
Cara Inc.(Victoria) - $5,000
Cara Inc. is a community service organisation that provides specialised accommodation, care and support to vulnerable young people and pregnant/parenting young women between the ages of 13 and 18 - who are either under child protection orders or not able to live at home - through their Residential and Home Based Care programs. Their government funding does not provide for replacement of household items in their residential houses or Mother and Baby homes. Funds will be used to purchase a hard-wearing dining table and 8 chairs in one of their residential houses and a reclining lounge chairs (for feeding), a sofa, and a heavy duty washing machine for our Mother and baby house.
Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (South Australia) - $2,600
RSPCA South Australia's role is to prevent animal cruelty, protect animals, care for animals and enhance the bond between people and animals. Last financial year over 1,000 volunteers helped RSPCA South Australia care for nearly 10,000 animals that came through our shelter network. These volunteers worked over 3000 hours per month at our Lonsdale Shelter alone. In 2015 we recruited an additional 1,622 volunteers to help with the sheer volume of animals we cared for. This project aims at providing our volunteers with the necessary safe work environment so they can perform their tasks at our shelter in Lonsdale and address an important workplace health and safety risk issue by funding new workstations and repairing our outdoor volunteer hut, damaged in the recent SA storms.
Women and Children’s Hospital Foundation Inc. Sam Roberts Family Fund (South Australia) - $2,000
The Sam Roberts Family Fund supports families in SA who have a child with a rare, life-limiting illness, and funds raised support projects within the Paediatric Palliative Care Unit of the Women's and Children's Hospital. The main fundraising event is "Cycle 4 Sam", and their 6th event begins in Torquay on 3 October and finishes in Adelaide on 9 October, with a distance of over 1000km completed by a 15-cyclist peloton. Our fundraising goal is $100k to further our "Beach House" project (budget of $1M), the construction of SA's first purpose-built holiday facility specifically for families with children with life-limiting or complex conditions, and initially it's expected to benefit 80 families each year.
The Cora Barclay Centre (South Australia) - $1,500
The Cora Barclay Centre has been teaching children to listen and speak for almost 70 years and is the oldest oral deafness centre in the southern hemisphere, and their mission is to help guide children who are deaf or hearing impaired to learn to speak and reach their full potential, through intensive early childhood intervention, school years and early adulthood support, psycho-social development and ongoing assessments. These outcomes are achieved through family-centred practice and professional expertise in listening and spoken language therapy. Cora Barclay Centre services are delivered by South Australia’s most diverse and highly qualified hearing & habilitation team. The Web of Hearing Impaired Students Peer Alliance (WHISPA) peer support program was developed in 2007 by a group of young adults who, being deaf and hearing impaired, had identified the transition from primary school to secondary school as one of the most difficult for children who are deaf or hard of hearing. The cost of running the WHISPA Program for one year is approximately $85,000, all of which the Cora Barclay Centre sources from non-government funding. Participants in the WHISPA program are aged between 12-18 years. There are currently 20 people enrolled in the WHISPA, but the Program's positive outcomes affect people beyond the individual participant group. The benefits of having a happier, more engaged child with a positive outlook are experienced by the child's immediate family, and even more broadly into their social and school networks. When the families of all participants are factored in, WHISPA will provide tangible benefits to approximately 80 people in 2016.
The Gold Foundation Inc. (South Australia) - $1,800
Gold Foundation provides support for children and young people with Asperger Syndrome (AS) and their families, and are the only not-for-profit organisation in SA providing a holistic approach, providing a centre with ongoing opportunities for these children and their families to engage, creating a community which isn't offered anywhere else. Funds will be used to provide 4 Parent/Carer Education Seminars and one Social event for parents/carers, and add to the Gold Foundation Resource Library of books for families to borrow. Across the 4 seminars and social event, this will support more than 60 Parents/Carers, and the library resources will continue to support families after the completion of this project.
Variety The Children’s Charity of Victoria (Landmark Harcourts) - $500
Established in 1975 in Australia, Variety - the Children’s Charity is a national not-for-profit organisation empowering Australian children who are sick, disadvantaged or who have special needs, to live, laugh and learn. Variety “fills the gaps” that others cannot, providing practical and tangible assistance to individuals, families, schools and other children’s organisations who often have nowhere else to turn. By supporting children and families through equipment, programs & experiences, Variety helps children in need to overcome the obstacles they face to continue to live a happy and fulfilled life. Variety provides this support entirely through its fundraising program.
Little Souls Taking Big Steps (National – Corporate Choice) - $1,000
Little Souls Taking Big Steps is a non-profit organisation providing a best practice model of early intervention therapy for children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). It combines both an individually tailored one on one therapy program based on the principles of Applied Behaviour Analysis together with structured and meaningful social integration with typically developing children in a childcare setting. Whilst based on the Gold Coast Queensland, Little Souls attracts enrolments from across the country, with families often relocating interstate to access the service. Little Souls is the only centre of its kind in Australia providing vital intensive early intervention therapy with social inclusion with typically developing children and their culture of inclusiveness and highly structured programs aids children with autism and their typical peers alike to reach their full potential. Little Souls has been established for almost ten years and many of their learning resources, toys and soft furnishings have become worn or broken. Grant funds will be used to replace a number of items as listed below but not limited to (1) Puzzles & Toys (2) Toy Kitchen (3) Outdoor cushions (4) Outdoor large foam building blocks (5) Play roller coaster (6) Balls, Skipping Ropes, Basketball rings (7) Sand equipment (8) Twin Walker (9) Cubby House (10) Plastic chairs & tables
Variety The Children’s Charity WA Inc. (National – Corporate Choice) - $1,000
Through its three core programs (Variety Caring, Variety Future Kids, Variety Freedom), Variety WA's objective is to provide tangible assistance to children and families in need. The Variety Kids Christmas Party is an annual event designed to bring Variety WA families together who are facing challenging circumstances in their daily lives and allow them to enjoy the spirit in a special afternoon of entertainment, family time and festive fun. The Kids Christmas Party provide a rare opportunity to attend an event created with the needs of these families in mind and is provided cost-free. Grant funds will be used to pay for 14 guests to attend the Variety Kids Christmas Party.
The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (National – Corporate Choice) - $1,000
Established in 2001, the ASRC is Australia’s largest organisation dedicated to protecting, supporting and empowering asylum seekers living in the community. The ASRC relies on the compassion and generosity of over 1,300 volunteers, supported by 90 staff. They currently provide 32 programs and services to over 2,000 asylum seekers and their families including: Foodbank, Material Aid, Health Clinic, Employment, Casework, Counselling and a pro-bono Legal Clinic. Over 90% of their fundraising income is sourced from the community via our appeals, general donations or philanthropic trusts and foundations. ASRC Foodbank provides weekly groceries to asylum seekers and their families, free of charge, and operates via a ‘supermarket model’, whereby members are allocated a certain amount of points according to family size and their income (if any). This system ensures that- rather than handing out food parcels - they respect the dignity of their members to make their own food choices. They currently provide food security for 250 families per week (or 550 individuals in total, with 85% of all food sourced as donations from the community; individuals, schools, food rescue organisations, corporates etc. There are around 9,000 asylum seekers living in the greater Melbourne area. Many of these people are forced to live below the poverty line, since many of them have no work rights and no eligibility for Centrelink benefits. They live without a basic social safety net. The ASRC Foodbank provides food for 550 asylum seekers per week, at a cost of $7 per person..