The Southern Highlands Foundation

Give where you live

About the foundation

The Southern Highlands Foundation is the local community foundation established by and for the people of the Wingecarribee Shire in New South Wales.

Founded in 2002 through the vision of Dr Helen McCue, AM, our vision is to foster philanthropy, strengthen community and generate hope.

The Foundation raises money from many sources including other foundations and donors, and makes grants to community groups in our shire.

Find out more about us here…

What we do


As a foundation, we pool the charitable gifts and bequests of donors into a permanent, income-earning endowment that benefits the people of the southern highlands in perpetuity. We also make grants from the earnings of these funds to support a range of initiatives from health, education and social services to arts, culture and the environment.

Watch our video from our recent community forum to find out more about our approach.

How we help


The foundation also offers advice and support to individuals and organisations making philanthropic decisions and we foster leadership by bringing people together from all sectors to identify and address issues and to leverage opportunities in the region.

Providing support 


We also support projects that promote self-sufficiency and long-term sustainability. As an independent charitable organisation, we are limited only by the will and imagination of our donors. We believe in the power of individuals and organisations working together to effect positive change in our community.

Caring for the highlands

Fire Aid

We are delighted to share the news that we have been entrusted with the funds from the recent FireAid concert organised by highlands locals John and Zoe Waters, Leo Sayer and their wonderful team.

Due to the success and generosity of the community, over $300 000 was raised. This money has been transferred to the Southern Highlands Foundation so that we can manage the distribution of the funds to ensure that it goes directly to the southern highlands community in the most effective ways to assist with the recovery process from the recent bushfires.

We have arranged for an EFTPOS card with a pre-approved amount to be distributed throughout the southern highlands for those families that lost their homes during the recent bushfires. The card can be used at designated southern highlands businesses, in this way we can keep the business local which will also benefit our community.

Working together

“Working with the team from FireAid has been very rewarding. Where there is an opportunity to work together as a community, we see the very best of humanity, new engagement, empowerment and a growing sense of goodwill. The end effect is a more cohesive and caring community.” Shelley Boyce Chair SHF

To date the relief fund is distributing approx $180,000.00 for the FireAid Card. Funds have also been gazetted for local RFS brigades and Wildlife recovery has received approx. $50,000. There will be a residual of approx. $80,000 for ongoing FireAid emergency relief and mental health assistance.

For further information please contact the Southern Highlands Foundation: [email protected] or call: 0401 004 013

Meet our board

Our board of directors

As a registered charity and public foundation, we are governed by a board of directors. Our directors are all respected members of the southern highlands community who generously donate their time to assist with the governance of the foundation. To find out more about our board members, and to find out how you can get involved click here.

About us

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Become a board member


If you are interested in becoming a board member, contact us at [email protected]

Contact us


If you’d like to get in touch contact us via [email protected] or call 0401 004 013

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We need your support! Make a tax-deductible donation to the Southern Highlands Foundation today.