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About the Foundation

The Judith Neilson Foundation is investing in people, places and culture to strengthen communities in Africa and Australia.

We approach our mission by forging partnerships with organisations who understand the diverse and interconnected challenges experienced by disadvantaged and marginalised communities, delivering locally-led solutions to social, economic and resource inequities.

Our story

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

Raised in Zimbabwe, Judith Neilson has made significant investments in the arts, journalism, social justice and a diverse range of charities in Australia and Africa. Her work has led to the Foundation’s focus on supporting vulnerable communities in Sub-Saharan Africa and Australia, and backing innovative solutions for development challenges.

Her contributions have been recognised through her appointment as a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) and receiving 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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