To make the process more convenient for donors, we assemble Panels of  Noosa Charities by charitable “cluster”. Your funds will be shared across those charities in your preferred Panel.

Choosing one or more charities to support, especially if you are a large donor, is time consuming and a bit hit and miss.  Our Panel approach does all the legwork for you; while letting you choose your area of interest.  Please note that we are restricted by our Trust Deed and the regulations we operate under so we can not guarantee that we can or will donate to a specific recipient.  Please discuss any preferences with us.

You can research any Noosa Charity on the Australian Charities and Not for profit Commission (ACNC) website.

Read more on how to add a charity to this list.

Noosa Foundation Charity Panels

Our Panels cover the most common ‘clusters’ of charitable causes available in the Noosa region.  Presently these are:

Education, Training and Employment

This group focuses on assisting financially challenged youth with progressing their studies.

Noosa Chances

Noosa Chances believes all young people deserve the chance to realise their potential. Through our educational scholarships, we can help transform young lives and create far-reaching opportunities for success. Noosa Chances gives young people who live or study in the Noosa region the chance to fulfill their potential and overcome financial barriers to success. We do this by providing scholarships through local schools and offering ongoing support. Our scholarships of $1500 a year support talented and motivated students who may otherwise lose out on the opportunity to pursue their educational dreams.

University of the Sunshine Coast

USC services the Noosa region with a full range of courses. Bursaries are typically $5,000 pa but you can donate any amount. If you do via the Foundation, we can request a preference for Noosa region students

Thursday Girls

The Thursday Girls provides grants to enable students from families that may be under financial stress to access optional educationally desirable school programs and activities (eg school camps, sporting activities, excursions, arts and music opportunities) or necessities (eg school book packs, uniforms). All funding is based on requests from School Principals, School Chaplains or School Counsellor

Candidates:  these local and external charities serving the Noosa region may be suitable for Foundation donations but that is not yet confirmed.  You can donate directly to them or request that we approach them on your behalf if you want your Foundation donations to be directed to them.

Environment, Conservation and Climate

This is a group of Noosa charities working to improve the local environment.

Noosa & District Landcare

With over 20 years experience in vegetation management and horticulture, we provide a diverse range of services including carbon offsets, ecosystem restoration, native forest establishment and environmental property consultancy. Our strong environmental ethic and ability to deliver quality results, starting from project proposal stage through to implementation and post implementation maintenance, is widely recognised. We integrate training and education into everything we do by providing vocational and technical training and community awareness raising programs. We work directly with landholders, local, state and federal government, private investors, schools, universities and catchment care groups in the Burnett, Mary and Sunshine Coast regions. We deliver presentations and workshops both locally and interstate. Since its inception in 1991, Noosa & District Landcare has been operating as a not for profit organisation. Surpluses from commercial activities are used to fund community education programs.

Zero Emissions Noosa

Zero Emissions Noosa raised awareness and advocated to reduce emissions in the stationary energy and transport sectors in the Noosa shire area. We work with the local community and businesses to reach the goal of zero net greenhouse gas emissions by 2026 . As Noosa's primary emissions sources are electricity consumption (69%), and fossil-fuel powered vehicles (30%), Noosa is joining communities around the globe committing to meaningful action on climate change. This goal, in line with Noosa Council’s commitment to zero emissions from Council and Noosa’s environmental commitment, assists a key issue facing our planet – keeping global warming under two degrees. We see our role as ‘kick-starting’ that process in our own community, and empowering our residents, businesses and community organisations, to come on the journey to zero net community carbon emissions by 2026.

Noosa Integrated Catchment Association (NICA)

Dedicated to the conservation and sustainable use of the Noosa River catchment Established in 1996, the Noosa Integrated Catchment Association, Inc (NICA) is a community-based not-for-profit organisation formed to coordinate and align natural resource management activities in the Noosa River catchment. NICA was responsible for the development of the original Noosa River Catchment Strategy and has since undertaken numerous terrestrial and on-water programs and initiatives to fulfill its aims. Today, NICA is the largest active-participation community organisation in the region specifically dedicated to the conservation and sustainable use of the catchment. Learn more about NICA’s strategic goals, current and past programs.

Candidates:  these local and external charities serving the Noosa region may be suitable for Foundation donations but that is not yet confirmed.  You can donate directly to them or request that we approach them on your behalf if you want your Foundation donations to be directed to them.

Individual / Family Services & Support

This group focuses on supporting financially challenged individuals and families.

Sunshine Butterflies Disability Support

Sunshine Butterflies provides a broad range of daily recreational, educational and life skills programs for individuals of all ages and abilities. Sunshine Butterflies offer a unique range of programs, activities and services which are changing the lives of many individuals living with disabilities and their families

Sunshine Coast Riding for the Disabled

Sunshine Coast Riding for the Disabled (RDA) Inc. is a not-for-profit organisation providing equine-based therapeutic and recreational riding and driving programs for all members of the disability community on the Sunshine Coast, Queensland.

Candidates:  these local and external charities serving the Noosa region may be suitable for Foundation donations but that is not yet confirmed.  You can donate directly to them or request that we approach them on your behalf if you want your Foundation donations to be directed to them.

Indigenous Community

This group focuses on supporting indigenous individuals, families and groups.

Candidates:  these local and external charities serving the Noosa region may be suitable for Foundation donations but that is not yet confirmed.  You can donate directly to them or request that we approach them on your behalf if you want your Foundation donations to be directed to them.

Arts & Culture

This group focuses on supporting the arts and cultural activities in Noosa

Candidates:  these local and external charities serving the Noosa region may be suitable for Foundation donations but that is not yet confirmed.  You can donate directly to them or request that we approach them on your behalf if you want your Foundation donations to be directed to them.

Community & Economic Development

This group focuses on supporting community and economic development activities in Noosa

Candidates:  these local and external charities serving the Noosa region may be suitable for Foundation donations but that is not yet confirmed.  You can donate directly to them or request that we approach them on your behalf if you want your Foundation donations to be directed to them.

Housing & Homeless

This group focuses on addressing housing and homeless issues in the Noosa community

Candidates:  these local and external charities serving the Noosa region may be suitable for Foundation donations but that is not yet confirmed.  You can donate directly to them or request that we approach them on your behalf if you want your Foundation donations to be directed to them.

Animal Welfare & Training

This group focuses on groups looking after the welfare of animals and those training animals to help e.g. people with disabilities like sight and PTSD in the Noosa community

Candidates:  these local and external charities serving the Noosa region may be suitable for Foundation donations but that is not yet confirmed.  You can donate directly to them or request that we approach them on your behalf if you want your Foundation donations to be directed to them.

Untied Donations

When a donor does not specify their charitable preference, we will use our discretion to allocate money.  Generally, we look to support Noosa charities that make a long term impact on the region and the residents.  Examples are given below.

Noosa Chances

Noosa Chances believes all young people deserve the chance to realise their potential. Through our educational scholarships, we can help transform young lives and create far-reaching opportunities for success. Noosa Chances gives young people who live or study in the Noosa region the chance to fulfill their potential and overcome financial barriers to success. We do this by providing scholarships through local schools and offering ongoing support. Our scholarships of $1500 a year support talented and motivated students who may otherwise lose out on the opportunity to pursue their educational dreams.

Add to this list

If you know of a charity that is not listed here, please contact us on reception@noosa.foundation

Please note, the minimum tests for acceptance are;

  • the charity demonstrably uses all money donated by the Foundation within the Noosa region. 
  • it is registered as a DGR1 charity