CA Benevolent Foundation

Established in response to the challenging circumstances facing members of the accounting profession, their families and the wider community

In brief

  • The CA Benevolent Foundation is one of the ways we give back to our communities.
  • The Foundation operates the Scholarship Fund and the Necessitous Circumstances Fund.
  • Donations are tax deductible.

Give back

Our Chartered Accountants Benevolent Foundation operates two distinct funds that seek to make a difference to people in need in our communities.

  • The Scholarship Fund offers scholarships for tertiary education or the Chartered Accountants Program. Marginalised and disadvantaged Australians who can demonstrate an interest in accounting, and who are in financial need can apply.
  • The Necessitous Circumstances Fund offers financial assistance to individuals. Marginalised and disadvantaged Australians in financial need can apply. Funds are given to them personally or through a charity partner.

Seed funding for the Chartered Accountants Benevolent Foundation came from the then Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and member bequests. The Foundation has deductible gift recipient status and donations are tax deductible.

Suggestions for potential recipients for assistance by the Foundation are also welcomed.

The Foundation Trustees are:

  • Stuart Black AM FCA
  • Robert DiMonte FCA
  • Neil Faulkner FCA
  • Lee White FCA

Leading Light Maori Scholarships

To assist a young Māori student to excel in accounting and contribute to the successful economic development of the Māori community we offer two annual Leading Light Maori Scholarships.

Chartered Accountants ANZ Ngā Raumanako Māori Scholarship and the NKMoA – Suzanne Spencer Memorial Māori Scholarship were both developed in conjunction with Ngā Kaitatau Māori o Aotearoa (National Māori Accountants Network).

Necessitous Circumstances Fund FAQs

  • When can I apply?

    You can apply at any time.

    Applications are reviewed at a monthly meeting by the Grant Advisory Committee who then make any recommendations to the Board of Directors.

  • How many grants are there?

    There’s no set number of grants awarded each year.

    It depends on the amount of funds available and the number of applications received so it’s different every year.

  • Is my application private?

    Applications are seen by the Foundation Manager and their staff, the Grant Advisory Committee and the Board of Directors. If you’re successful, you will be contacted regarding any promotion using information about you. However be reassured only very limited information is used in promotions about the fund which doesn’t identify individuals. Any information shared with people outside the Foundation needs your approval.

  • Do I need two references?

    You must provide two references to be considered for the grant. However if you need help or are unsure about references get in touch and we can talk it through.

  • Why does my referee need to know me for three months or more?

    Your referee needs to know you and your circumstances well so they can help prove you need financial help to you do further education. They also need to be able to comment on your motivation and ambition, how well you’ve done so far academically and your capacity to do further study.

Scholarship Fund FAQs

  • When can I apply?

    You must be one of the following to apply:

    • Be in year 12
    • Have completed year 12
    • Been accepted to study a relevant degree at university
    • Be enrolled in a relevant accounting degree

    The Foundation accepts applications twice a year.

  • What if I miss the closing date?

    The Foundation accepts applications twice a year. If you miss the closing date you will need to wait until the next application date to apply.

  • How many scholarships are there?
    The Foundation awards two scholarships each year. 
  • Is my application private?

    Applications are seen by the Foundation Manager and their staff, the Grant Advisory Committee and the Board of Directors. If you’re successful, you will be contacted regarding any promotion using information about you. However be reassured only very limited information is used in promotions about the fund which doesn’t identify individuals. Any information shared with people outside the Foundation needs your approval.

  • Do I need two references?

    You must provide two references to be considered for the grant. However if you need help or are unsure about references get in touch and we can talk it through.

  • Why does my referee need to know me for three months or more?

    Your referee needs to know you and your circumstances well so they can help prove you need financial help to you do further education. They also need to be able to comment on your motivation and ambition, how well you’ve done so far academically and your capacity to do further study.

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