Happy Birthday to The Body Shop Foundation
Celebrating 25 years of fundraising.
The Body Shop Foundation was set up in 1989 by Dame Anita and Gordon Roddick as a way to ensure all charity donations made by the company were recorded and evaluated, creating an area of expertise. The organisation deliberately looked at issues not covered or funded by larger organisations and decided to focus on funding projects on human rights, animal conservation and environmental protection.
25 years later and The Body Shop Foundation is celebrating their Silver Anniversary. In this time, this little trust has given away over £21million to some of the world’s most innovative, ground breaking groups, enabling positive social and environmental change around the world. They are also one of the most consistent, dedicated and life changing values connected to the company.
On behalf of TBS Foundation, The Body Shop Australia have been able to support FAME (Foundation for Australia’s Most Endangered Species), All Together Now and AYCC (Australian Youth Climate Coalition).
The Body Shop Foundation donate $103K to FAME
- Western Quolls once lived right across the Australian arid zone, from Western Australia to Queensland but due to hunting, habitat destruction and feral predators are now reduced to small numbers in Western Australia. FAME were able to re-establish The Western Quoll to arid and semi-arid Australia.
- Funding made it possible to complete Year 1 planning, culminating in the inaugural quoll translocation, the most important part of the entire four year project.
- The restoration of an important totem animal of the local Adnyamathanha people, the western quoll, was a highly emotional event (no living Adnyamathanha had ever seen a quoll until that time). Adnyamathanha elders attended the release and provided a Welcome to Country. They also provided a traditional blessing of the quolls and recounted the legend of how the quoll got her spots. Watch ABC Landline's video on returning quolls to Flinder's Ranges.
The Body Shop Foundation donate $53K to AYCC
- With the funds AYCC were able to educate over 5,000 students across the country, delivering 50 presentations on climate science through our National Schools Program – Start the Switch.
- From these presentations we then brought together hundreds of students together for eight one-day summits across Australia where they connected with other students and planned projects they could do in their schools during the school year.
- In 2014, with funds received we will be continuing to build and grow our National Schools Program.
The Body Shop Foundation donate $33K to ALL TOGETHER NOW
- All Together Now have been able to pay vital necessities to keep the organisation running such as for staff, social media, conferences on racism, insurance; fees to keep the website going; subscription fees to online services which we rely on for our work
- All Together Now put $2K towards the One Parramatta project. A local project in Western Sydney that has demonstrably reduced racism among those people who were involved in the project
- Able to send our Communications Manager to a one-day conference on online activism.
- Managing Director was able to travel to Melbourne to meet with potential partners, including the Australian Football Players Union. Since then, All Together Now has signed up a very prominent football player (who was recently awarded the very prestigious Australian of the Year award) as an Ambassador of our organisation.
The amount of people directly helped by The Body Shop Foundation grants is over 6 million which doesn’t even take into consideration the number of animals, trees and insects we’ve helped. All in all we’ve helped create a heck of a lot of positive social and environmental change too.
Read all the highlights from the past 25 years!
Here’s to another successful 25 The Body Shop Foundation!