The Gay and Lesbian Foundation of Australia (GALFA) is a charitable foundation whose purpose is to provide funds for charitable activities/organisations which have as their sole or chief purpose/outcome, the good and betterment of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Intersex people and allied communities, in Australia.
Why GALFA is Needed
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, same-sex attracted, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) Australians are often marginalised in society through experiencing prejudice and discrimination as a result of their sexual orientation. This occurs though lawful but unfair systems, unlawful and unfair discrimination by individuals and organisations and individually through harassment and even violence. Such social injustice leads to poorer health outcomes, inequitable participation in the workforce and society, and higher levels of isolation from family and the broader community. These issues are heightened for younger, older, socially and geographically isolated, ethnically diverse, disabled and indigenous LGBTI people.
Viable and proven models of community organisation, consumer education and professional training have already been developed since the early 1980s to combat many of these problems. Sadly, many of these models have not been adopted and promoted as widely as necessary to make a major impact, in large part because of a lack of material resources. Governments and non-government agencies, including philanthropic organisations, have sometimes been too cautious to fund culturally specific gay and lesbian programs for fear that well-organised and well-resourced ideological opponents to gay and lesbian issues might unfairly characterise them as ‘promoting a lifestyle’. Philanthropy Australia report that only 2% of all funds are given to gay and lesbian projects, which is the least amount of funding to any specific group.
Arising directly out of the communities at risk, GALFA dedicates itself solely to making resources available to address the unequal and unjust social experiences of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people and allied communities, in Australia.
How GALFA will achieve our mission
GALFA is a charitable foundation whose purpose is to provide funds for charitable activities that benefit lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and allied communities in Australia. Two funds have been established, the Public Fund and the Charitable Fund. The Public Fund allows donors to obtain tax deductibility of their donations, and the Charitable Fund is designed chiefly to receive bequests (from a will). The Australian Taxation Office has endorsed both funds for charity tax concessions. Together, the funds have as their trustee a company (limited by guarantee) with 5 – 15 directors. The directors have been appointed to bring skills, experience and credibility to the foundation and are charged with ensuring that the foundation pursues its mission faithfully.
It is intended that the foundation will exist in perpetuity. Donations and bequests will be added to the capital of the funds. Income earned from the careful and prudent investment of the capital of the funds, will be used for grant making to organisations and activities, in line with the mission of the fund and relevant grant making priorities as determined by the Board from time to time.