Philanthropy is the rational response to wealth
The Cameron Foundation (ABN 94 746 768 251) was established using the proceeds of the sale of Cameron Systems to Orc Software in 2006. Currently the foundation donates around $600,000 each year to a range of charities primarily in the areas of health, education, human rights and disaster relief.
Most donations are made in July which means that we can publish a draft Annual Report at the beginning of the current financial year. It is updated throughout the year if we make any extra donations but it should be substantially complete in July.
The directors are John, Alison, Donald and Caroline Cameron. John works full time, pro bono, for Talent Beyond Boundaries as part of this global jobs marketplace initiative for refugees - a response to the current refugee crisis.
They transformed their individual success into success for the world as a whole.
They are examples of lives well lived and role models for those fortunate enough to have found substantial material wealth in their lifetime.
Can we really believe that we are living a good life, an ethically decent life if we don't do anything serious to help reduce poverty around the world- Peter Singer
We continue giving to our long term charities of choice and also add support this year to the highly effective charities Against Malaria , Give Directly and Fred Hollows Foundation. Our tax deductible giving to Give Directly is made possible by Effective Altruism Australia.
This year marks the start of three multi year commitments:
In the education space we add support for gifted teachers and schools through Social Venture's Bright Spots - complementing our support for disadvantaged students through Smith Family and the retention of disengaged students through Hands On Learning
Other new giving includes the social impact initiatives of Compass and AUSiMed, refugee support through the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre and the promotion of more gender sensitive giving through Women Donors Network.