Who we are

The Bridging the Gap Foundation (the Foundation) has been established through the Menzies School of Health Research (Menzies) and Charles Darwin University (CDU). Its objective is to fund research into health and education in order to address one of Australia’s most urgent issues: the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians’ health and education opportunities and outcomes.

The Bridging the Gap Foundation board will have a balance of female and male, Indigenous and non-Indigenous and academic and lay directors, with this composition evolving over time.

We are a registered ACNC charity

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The Bridging the Gap Donor Promise

The Foundation commits to:

  • Act with integrity and be accountable
  • Treat our stakeholders with respect, openness and honesty
  • Respond to all queries in a professional and timely manner
  • Use support wisely and correctly for maximum impact
  • Ensure the privacy and confidentiality of donor data
  • Respect the wishes of those who request changes in the way we communicate with them
  • Work with efficiency, transparency and accuracy
  • Champion our cause
  • Conduct itself professionally with all third-party relationships

FAQS (general donation/fundraising)

How did the Foundation start?

The Bridging the Gap Foundation was established through the Menzies School of Health Research (Menzies) and Charles Darwin University (CDU).

What do you do?

The Bridging the Gap Foundation seeks to raise funds for projects in health and education in order to address one of Australia’s most urgent issues: the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians’ health and education opportunities and outcomes.

Why do we need to ‘bridge the gap’?

There are many challenges currently facing our Indigenous communities, which can all be summarised in a simple statistic, there is a 10-year gap in the average life expectancy between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. Health and education are major contributors to this gap.

The Bridging the Gap Foundation aims to improve and advance the lives of Indigenous Australians by raising funds to address these challenges.

How do you spend your supporters donations?

The trustee of the Foundation will oversee the application of funds, but donors have the opportunity to request that their donations be prioritised for a specific aspect of the Foundation’s work. Priorities that might be considered include:

  • Directing funds towards any of the specific research areas already identified by Menzies or CDU;
  • Directing that funds be added to an endowment fund and used to fund future research initiatives at Menzies, CDU and/or the partners they work with.
  • Creating a scholarship for high-potential Indigenous researchers at Menzies or CDU who will work to bridge the gap in health and education in Indigenous communities (potentially subject to a minimum contribution to ensure significant and sustained support)
  • Directing funds to the appropriate party to bridge the gap in Indigenous health and education in Australia

Are you DGR certified/can I get a tax deduction receipt?

Gifts to the Foundation are deductible for taxation purposes under Subdivision 30-BA of the Income Tax Assessment ACT 1997 and all donors will be sent a receipt.

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