The Freedom Fund is grateful for the generous support we receive from our founders, those who invest in our hotspots directly, the Council of Advocates, government funders and other supporters. With their support, we are transforming the lives of hundreds of thousands of people in slavery or at risk of it. More information about our key donors can be found below. Some donors choose to remain anonymous.
The Minderoo Foundation was established by Andrew and Nicola Forrest in 2001 based on the mandate to give a hand up, not a hand out. The Foundation has supported over 280 initiatives across Australia and abroad including projects in education, research, Indigenous affairs, disaster response and the arts. With over AU$847 million invested and committed philanthropically to date, the focus going forward has evolved and includes a partnership approach as well as the design and direct implementation of key initiatives. These include: driving collaboration and change in global cancer research, ending modern slavery, creating parity for Indigenous Australians, ensuring all children in Australia reach their full potential, nurturing new talents in the arts, generating world changing research and innovation in Western Australia and innovative community development and environmental conservation initiatives.
The Legatum Foundation is the development arm of the Legatum Group, a multi-billion dollar investment firm. Drawing on Legatum’s investment heritage, the Foundation allocates capital to projects, people and ideas that create enduring prosperity. For over a decade, the Legatum Foundation has funded thousands of small, community based organizations across the developing world, addressing unmet needs by applying the insights learned from over 30 years of investing in the global capital markets.
Humanity United is a foundation dedicated to bringing new approaches to global problems that have long been considered intractable. We build, lead, and support efforts to change the systems that contribute to problems like human trafficking, mass atrocities, and violent conflict. HU is part of the Omidyar Group, which represents the philanthropic, personal, and professional interests of the Omidyar family.
The Stardust Fund is a U.S. donor-advised fund that seeks to empower socially excluded populations, particularly women and girls, by investing in transformative systemic and cultural initiatives that demand a world where we all have the opportunity to participate fully and freely.
The Freedom Fund receives support from a number of private foundations, individual benefactors and members of the public, and we thank all of these supporters for their generosity and commitment to our work.
British Asian Trust
Children’s Investment Fund Foundation
The Dolby Family
Dorothea Haus Ross Foundation
The Millby Foundation
The Moondance Foundation
UBS Optimus Foundation
The ELMA Relief Foundation
Norwegian Agency for Development Cooperation
United Kingdom Home Office
United States Department of State
The Freedom Fund is pleased to thank the generous supporters who have provided pro bono assistance to us, including Lawrence Mendenhall, for acting as our pro bono legal counsel; and Alaric Mostyn (Stonecourt & Co.), for pro bono coaching and consulting support.
Over the past seven years the Freedom Fund has pursued its mission to mobilise the knowledge, capital and will needed to end slavery. Our impact is well-documented and our funding model, working in deep collaboration with our investors, forms part of our success.
Our mission includes an ambition to bring more donors and resources into the anti-slavery space. But, when our anchor investors first looked at the market, they saw a sector facing relatively low levels of often fragmented investment, with insufficient funding levels compounded by the reluctance or inability of some donors to provide funding directly to grassroots programs.
Our ability to successfully engage investors from a variety of sectors is therefore an essential part of our work. We do this by offering consultation and advice – acting as an educator, connector and catalyst – to maximise what in our experience is a high degree of overlap between donor interests and the interests and needs of our local partners and beneficiaries.
Offering best-in-class fund management and donor servicing, we deliver to our investors and to the wider sector a significant return on investment in the form of frontline impact.