The Reichstein Foundation’s priorities over the next three years (2016-18) are:
Australia faces a growing gap between the wealthy and the disadvantaged.
Approximately 2.2 million people (or 12.8 percent of all Australians) are estimated to be living below the poverty line, after taking account of their housing costs. Meanwhile, in the last decade, the richest 10 percent of Australians enjoyed almost 50 per cent of the growth in national income. This is not just unfair – a widening gap is counterproductive to growth, social cohesion and long term prosperity.
The Foundation will invest in a series of major projects designed to reduce inequality in Australia.
Social Justice and the Law
Prison policy impacts most heavily on the most disadvantaged. The Foundation will support a significant program aimed at increasing community safety and reducing crime through investment in prevention, diversion, better re-entry and support for ex-offenders and victims.
It will work with communities and legal agencies to discourage racial discrimination and to promote more inclusive and human rights focused policing in Victoria.
And it will support the national campaign for Indigenous recognition in the Australian Constitution.
The Foundation will support efforts for Victoria to become one of the world’s most resource efficient, enterprising and low-carbon intensive economies.
And it will support projects that connect sustainable food production and healthy food consumption.
The Foundation will identify emerging activists and projects and seek ways to accelerate their work.
Leadership to advance social change philanthropy
The Foundation will build a strong coalition across philanthropy in support of social change and policy reform, including the development of alliances with public, family, community foundations and private donors to invest strategically in social change projects.