About the Country Education Foundation

The Country Education Foundation (CEF) helps rural and regional communities support their local school-leavers – and in doing so, to invest in the future of rural and regional Australia.

The disadvantage of distance

Young Australians in rural and remote areas are as bright and ambitious as those living in metropolitan centres. But when it comes to higher education and jobs, thousands of them are missing out.

The reality is that to shape a career or undertake further education these young Australians must often leave home, travel and live in or near metropolitan centres.

For many, the financial, emotional and social obstacles are just too great – and they are unable to relocate in order to take up further study or work.

Making a difference

This is where the CEF steps in.  We are a national not-for-profit organisation which establishes and supports local education foundations across Australia – enabling them to raise funds for local youth to help them with their transition from high school into further education, training or jobs.

Starting with a single foundation in Boorowa in 1993 the CEF family has grown into a network of more than 40 education foundations operating in Queensland, New South Wales, South Australia and the Northern Territory.

We also partner with over 30 universities, corporate and philanthropic organisations across the country to leverage and increase the support we provide.

Proven results

The CEF approach to locally-based fundraising, grants and support is a proven success.

Independent research shows that for every dollar invested in our work a return of $3.10 is created in social value – changing the lives of young Australians, their families and their communities.

Over 90 percent of our grant recipients go on to complete the course or training for which they are funded. By investing in these young people we are investing in their future and in the future of rural and regional Australia.





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