As an insurer, we we’re in a unique position to help people and communities in their times of need. One way we do this is through our QBE Foundation.
The QBE Foundation operates globally with a shared philosophy:
“Help people overcome disadvantage, strengthen their abilities and live more independently, successfully and productively.”
In Australia, our QBE Foundation works across Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific and ensures our community-related activities are managed effectively and consistently, and in line with QBE’s purpose, strategy and investment criteria. We support communities through charity partnerships, donations, and initiatives to empower our employees to support causes that are important to them.
There are four key ways we support our communities
Proudly forming partnerships with charities that support our community
Our charity partners receive funding for a minimum of 12 months. In addition to funding, we commit to supporting them through events, fundraising, media advocacy and employee volunteering.
The Australia Pacific QBE Foundation Committee assesses candidates for large charity partnerships using global eligibility criteria and our own strategic priorities as a Foundation. This includes our Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) priorities, which are outlined in our Sustainability Report [INSERT LINK]. These assessments allow us to partner with charities who share our values and work across a large variety of community-related causes. In recent years, we’ve focused on forming multi-year partnerships with our partners, to make a lasting contribution over time.
The QBE Foundation will continue working with seven charity partners in 2019:
R U OK? - Following the successful R U OK? At Work campaign last year, this year we’ll support R U OK? in Sport.
The Kids’ Cancer Project - Support TKCP in their battle to cure cancer by funding research.
Foodbank - Support food relief programs in Indigenous communities and specific support for the Foodbank WA Mega Meal Challenge, which helps prepare meals for vulnerable people in Western Australia.
Mission Australia - Support disadvantaged young people through the Charcoal Lane program, which gives participants a chance to learn new skills, build workplace confidence, and gain hospitality industry qualifications.
Assistance Dogs Australia - Fund the training of assistance dogs to help people living with disabilities and support the PTSD program.
Kids Can New Zealand - Support KidsCan’s work with disadvantaged Kiwi kids. Last year our funding provided 2,500 pairs of shoes and 5,000 pairs of socks to kids in need.
McGrath Foundation - Fund Breast Care Nurse Vicki Bell as she supports individuals and families experiencing breast cancer.
Supporting organisations to make a difference
The QBE Foundation also partners with community organisations to support their important work.
The QBE Foundation has partnered with Jawun since 2011 to support their valuable work in Indigenous communities around Australia. Jawun facilitates partnerships between corporate organisations and Indigenous organisations and communities so they can work together to bring lasting, material and measurable improvements to the lives of Indigenous people.
Through our partnership we send a select number of QBE employees on six-week secondments to work within Indigenous organisations and communities around Australia.
Supporting our people and local communities
QBE Foundation local grants are an opportunity for our people to support causes they feel passionately about. They’re intended to help charities delivering smaller projects within local communities.
Local grant applications are made by QBE employees on behalf of a charity and are reviewed by the QBE Foundation Committee.
Some of the charities we have supported recently include: Parkinson’s NSW, Cathy Freeman Foundation, GO Foundation, The Big Issue, Fred Hollows Foundation, It’s a Bloke Thing and Dress for Success.
Empowering our employees to support their causes
The QBE Foundation empowers our people to supports causes that are important to them. We offer employee matching for charity fundraising as well as a paid volunteer day annually.
Our people can apply to have their personal fundraising efforts matched by the QBE Foundation. This can be up to $5,000 a year, in cases where their fundraising efforts meet our Foundation’s minimum requirements.
A paid volunteer day, or “Foundation Day”, can be used to support a charity or cause of their choice.
The QBE Foundation has been honoured to be recognised for our work supporting our charity partners and communities.
We were awarded Best Community Engagement Program – Insurer at the 2018 Insurance Business Awards in Sydney. This award recognised the QBE Foundation’s positive contribution to the wider community.
The QBE Foundation was recognised at the Research Australia’s Health and Medical Research Awards in 2017 with the Leadership in Corporate Giving award for our support of medical research through our partnership with The Kids’ Cancer Project.
For more information about the QBE Foundation’s activities, both in Australia and around the world, read our 2017 Sustainability Report.
Get in touch
For all enquiries, please contact the QBE Foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please note, we are currently not accepting applications for charity partnerships.