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About the Foundation

The Judith Neilson Foundation invests in people, places and ideas. 

We approach our mission by forging partnerships with organisations that understand the diverse and interconnected challenges faced by disadvantaged and marginalised communities. 

We invest in locally-led solutions to social, economic, and resource inequities, and support innovative solutions for development challenges worldwide. 

About Judith Neilson

Judith Neilson is an Australian businesswoman and dedicated philanthropist. Through her Foundation, she supports organisations working to create a fairer society where everyone has equal opportunities to thrive. 

Raised in Zimbabwe, Judith Neilson has invested significantly in the arts, journalism, social justice, and various charities in both Australia and Africa. 

Her work has focused the Foundation’s efforts on supporting vulnerable communities in Sub-Saharan Africa and Australia, and on backing innovative solutions for development challenges worldwide. 

Her contributions have been recognised through her appointment as a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) and an Honorary Doctorate from the University of New South Wales. To learn more about Judith Neilson’s projects in the arts, architecture, and more, please visit.

Judith Neilson / Founder

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