Judith Neilson is a patron, adviser and benefactor to a diverse range of charities that help vulnerable people in Australia and around the world.
Judith supports a number of causes targeting slavery, homelessness, children’s health, affordable housing, climate change and food scarcity along with a long-standing interest in architecture and design. Judith feels that the opportunity to work within these areas will provide a powerful force for change in the lives of vulnerable people around the world
Judith’s charitable work and contribution to the arts were recognised by her appointment as a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) and the awarding of an Honorary Doctorate by the University of New South Wales, in recognition of her philanthropy and role in furthering knowledge of contemporary art.
Causes Judith supports include:
The Judith Neilson Foundation has awarded a A$1 million grant to the International Anti-Poaching Foundation (IAPF), which will be used to strengthen its ‘Akashinga – Nature Protected by Women’ program in Zimbabwe. The program, which has been a catalyst for change across the region, focuses on social impact to achieve conservation at scale, with the empowerment of women central to its strategy.
Image credit: Adrian Steirn. Akashinga ranger Petronella Chigumbura
The Humpty Dumpty Foundation is a children's charity that, for more than 30 years, has been purchasing essential and often life-saving medical equipment for sick and injured children in Paediatric Wards, Neonatal Units, Maternity and Emergency Departments in hospitals across Australia.
Operation Smile Australia is a children’s medical charity that is dedicated to helping improve the lives of children born with cleft lips, cleft palates and other facial deformities in developing countries.
The Judith Neilson Institute champions quality journalism and storytelling in Australia and around the world through grants, education programs and events.
Located in Ampilatwatja which is in the heart of Alyawarr country on the Sandover Highway.
The Ampilatwatja Health Centre Aboriginal Corporation provides Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander peoples with high quality, appropriate, efficient and effective primary health care and related services.
As Africa’s premier opera company and South Africa’s largest permanent non-profit performing arts organisation, CTO provides permanent employment to young singers, opera practitioners, instructors and administrators. In addition, annually the company issues an average of 200 ad hoc contracts to artists ranging from choreographers, musicians, directors, conductors, designers and technicians.
Koorana Crocodile Farm was established in 1981 as Queensland’s first commercial crocodile farm. Koorana is an approved farm, operating under the Australian Government’s strategic conservation program.
Orange Sky Australia is the world’s first free mobile laundry service for people experiencing homelessness – an idea founded in a Brisbane garage by two 20-year-old mates, Nic Marchesi and Lucas Patchett.
Mackillop family services are committed to creating trauma-informed communities that build environments where people cope effectively with stress and trauma and heal their emotional and behavioural health.
They seek to provide inclusive services where all children, young people and families can access the support they need to awaken hope and develop to their potential.
Two Good’s‘Eat one, treat one’ model has been in operation since 2015. For every meal purchased, they give an identical one to a local women’s refuge for domestic violence survivors.
The scholarships will focus on supporting sustainable futures, social innovation and cohesion, and cross sectoral collaborations
The only specialist centre providing free legal and migration services to people who have experienced or are at risk of modern slavery in Australia.
In 2015 Judith Neilson endowed a Chair of Architecture at the University of New South Wales to lead research into affordable housing for communities displaced by natural disasters and conflict.
Blue mountains refugee support is a volunteer organisation that offers practical, emotional and financial assistance for refugees and to encourage positive attitudes to refugees in the community and at all levels of government
Village People Project is a nonprofit dedicated to providing villagers in northwestern China with sustainable solutions to hygienic issues. In doing so, they strive to improve the health and social well-being of women, who are disproportionately affected by these conditions.
The Memory Project, a project Documentary filmmaker Wu Wenguang collects oral histories from survivors of the Great Famine that devastated rural China between 1958 and 1961.
Robert Pennicott started the Tasmania Coast Conservation Fund in 2007/2008 under the umbrella of Wildcare. It was established to contribute towards the protection, conservation and management of marine and coastal reserves, marine mammals and seabirds.
The Professorial Chair will work between UNSW Art & Design and Sydney’s internationally recognised White Rabbit Gallery to lead rigorous scholarly research.
The Judith Neilson Scholarship in Contemporary Art has been established to support the study of contemporary Chinese art in its global contexts.
For the past 15 years the 2041 foundation has supported climate champions to become the next generation devoted to the protection of Antarctica as a natural reserve, land for science and peace.
Samuel Rhodes School is an Islington Special Needs School meeting the needs of pupils aged between 5 and 19 with moderate learning difficulties
SA HARVEST, the South African arm of OZ Harvest, collects quality surplus food in refrigerated vehicles from a variety of sources and delivers it direct, without delay, and free of charge, to a wide variety of organisations that feed food-vulnerable people on a daily basis.
Judith has made a $100,000 donation from the Judith Neilson Foundation to the Exodus Foundation (founded by the Rev. Bill Crews).
The Exodus Foundation was Founded by Rev. Bill Crews in 1989 and works to meet the needs of Sydney’s poor and homeless.
The intention is for the donation to fund the health service which is funded from The Bill Crews Charitable Trust
The International Council of The Museum of Modern Art (New York), founded in 1953 is a non-profit membership organization of I50 art patrons and community leaders from various parts of the United States, and other countries abroad. It sponsors the Museum's international exhibitions exchange program, the largest in the United States.
Amnesty International has a presence in over 150 countries around the world. Their global teams bring torturers to justice, change oppressive laws and free people jailed just for voicing their opinion.