Vision & Mission


‘Koondee-Woonga-gat Toor-rong’ is the first Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community-Led Philanthropic Fund to be established focussing its grant-making exclusively in Victoria.


Koondee Woonga-gat Toor-rong aspires to become a significant player in this state’s Indigenous philanthropic scene over time by providing mainstream philanthropy with a more direct vehicle to invest or co-invest in projects identified, endorsed and promoted by the Fund.


Supporting Indigenous causes, individuals and communities has long been a priority for many philanthropies but it is not always easy to grant successfully in an intercultural context. Some of these challenges relate to the need for collaborative partnerships and culturally responsive approaches to granting, as well as a legitimate concern about doing no harm.

Koondee Woonga-gat Toor-rong sidesteps these complexities because there is innate trust between the grant-maker and the individuals and communities it seeks to invest in, with both starting from a shared Indigenous world view.


If you are interested in finding out more about Koondee Woonga-gat Toor-rong’s distinctive Indigenous grant-making vision and practice, based around traditional cultural values and the principle of self-determination, please don’t hesitate to contact me,


John Harding

Executive Officer

Koondee Woonga-gat Toor-rong



m:  0456 771 649


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