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With a network of over 40 local Country Education Foundations (CEFs) across Australia, our unique community-based model enables communities to support and invest – in the future of their rural and regional youth… but we always need more help.

CEF has been operating in local communities around Australia for 30 years, and we know what we do works.

We offer the framework, and guidance for getting your local foundation up and running and provide ongoing support and resources along the way including:

  • Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR1) status providing tax deductibility for your donors.
  • Assistance with establishment and how to set up and operate your local CEF
  • Creation and management of governance-based requirements such as the CEF Constitution, CEF Charter and CEF Code of Conduct.
  • Public Liability coverage for your CEF events.
  • Streamlined Web based application system
  • Online donation functionality
  • Local foundation website created and hosted by CEF
  • A local foundation CEF branded logo and collateral
  • Connection to a network of like-minded communities where other local foundations operate
  • Introduction to education partner organisations including universities which provide CEF grant recipients with additional benefits when attending these institutions; as well as other independent scholarship and grant-making organisations where appropriate
  • Availability of external grant and scholarship opportunities for your local students
  • Ongoing support and guidance to assist you in the operation of your local CEF including fundraising, donor proposals and resource development

Still not quite convinced that you should start a foundation and volunteer for CEF? Check out this page for more details on how it all works, and for some information about the benefits of volunteering!

Count me in!

Please give us a call on 1300 652 144 or send an email to [email protected] to discuss the next steps to starting a CEF local foundation in your area.

GET involved with CEF

We encourage like-minded individuals and businesses to get in touch with a foundation in their area to find out how you can get involved in making a difference to the future of rural and regional Australia. CEF provides interested communities with a structure, framework, resources and ongoing financial and other assistance, supporting their efforts to raise funds for grants to school leavers and job seekers in their local communities.