Telstra Foundation

Telstra Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Telstra. We believe in the power of technology to enable all young people to thrive. We are proud to support the non-profits that - with digital at their heart - are creating a brilliant connected future for young people across Australia.

What We Do

Telstra Kids - Backing The Next Gen Of Digital Citizens & Makers

With our partners, we're building STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics) and digital citizenship skills in many classrooms and public libraries across Australia. We focus on coding, 3D printing, robotics, cyber safety and encouraging creativity in digital content creation.

Non-profit Innovators For Impact - Backing The Non-profits Changing Lives

Non-profits inspire us everyday, particularly those tackling challenges facing young people. We invest in youth-focused non-profits that are reimagining solutions with technology. We work with teams that can think bigger, bolder and differently about what is possible for wide-scale social change. We drive impact by providing grants to encourage innovation and by investing in the sector's digital innovation skills.

Telstra Digital Giving - Backing Next Gen Giving

We inspire and enable Telstra employees, customers and shareholders to give time, treasure and talent to great social impact causes. We increase philanthropic investments into the community sector by investing in digital tools to make giving easier, more personal and fun.

How We Work

We're a small but passionate team actively engaged with our non-profit partners to help them create impact. We work with non-profits based on fit with our focus areas, our research and the organisation's track record of social impact via digital innovation.

With the exception of Telstra Kids Fund, we do not take unsolicited proposals for funding. Click here to learn more about this Fund or check out these great tools that can help you get your social impact project off the ground.

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Digital Innovation Bootcamp

There is no doubt we are living in an extraordinary time, with the speed of digital innovation surpassing even the most forward thinking minds. For many non-profits this presents a big opportunity to deliver products, services and programs in new ways, all enabled by technology.

This got us thinking: how does a non-profit, with an appetite to innovate, access the skills and tools they need to do it effectively? There are many programs and accelerators for start-ups and entrepreneurs, but there's not much out there that meets the needs of the non-profit sector.

In response, we are running two new digital innovation skills and capability programs, custom designed for the sector. The first of these is the Telstra Imaginarium for Non-Profits - a digital innovation bootcamp, for non-profits that are improving the lives of young people.

We're also partnering to build a digital platform that connects people to great content about digital innovation tools and skills. Watch this space.

Find Out More

Who we are

We are social innovation professionals committed to genuine social change. We work closely with the Telstra Foundation Board of Directors to identify investment opportunities and bring them to life.

Our Board


Philanthropy Professional - Ex Telecommunications Executive

Geoff became Chairman of the Telstra Foundation in 2011, following a career spanning 38 years with Telstra and one year as a Telstra Foundation Director. Highlights of Geoff's 38-year-career with Telstra include his time at the helm of one of its largest business units, Telstra Country Wide, and leading the National Broadband Network engagement team. Geoff was instrumental in establishing the Telstra Indigenous Directorate and improving the availability of broadband and mobile telephony in regional and remote Australia. Geoff retired from Telstra in 2010 to have more time for his great loves: family, travel, fishing, the outdoors and the Telstra Foundation.


Business Leader - Acclaimed Agriculturalist

Susan's passion is regional development. As the Managing Director of The Regional Development Company, she focuses on helping rural and regional communities throughout Australia to grow. Susan strongly believes in building a community's capacity by developing locals' talents and skills. She is also active in Board roles, having served on several regional and national bodies, and has twice been recognised in the Australian Farm Journal's Top 100 Women in Australian Agriculture.


Journalist - Radio & Television Host - Community Champion

Geraldine has had a long and varied career in Australian journalism, carving an enviable reputation in print and on radio and establishing herself as one of the most respected personalities on national TV. She has been awarded two Penguin Awards, a United Nations Media Peace Prize and a Churchill Fellowship. In 2003, Geraldine was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Australia for services to the community and media. She continues to passionately champion community issues.


Telstra Executive - Sustainability Leader

Tim joined Telstra in September 2011 as Chief Sustainability Officer, with executive responsibility for strategic community and reputational initiatives, corporate responsibility, environment strategy and employee sustainability. Tim spent twenty years in senior Corporate Affairs, HR and Sustainability roles at the National Australia Bank (NAB) and Mobil Oil Australia. He holds an Honours Degree in Arts and a postgraduate degree in Philosophy from the University of Melbourne. He is a member of Council at Newman College (University of Melbourne) and a Board member of the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence and Emotion 21, an arts organisation catering for the needs of people with Down Syndrome.


The Telstra Foundation Ltd is an independent legal entity, separate from Telstra Corporation Ltd. The majority of our directors - including the Chair - are independent of Telstra. The Board has established criteria and procedures for allocating grants which it may review and vary from time to time, including any criteria or procedures referred to on this site.