Launched in 2002, Telstra Foundation Ltd is the philanthropic arm of Telstra. Our purpose is to enable social change through technology, and we have been helping non-profits improve their impact for over two decades. The team is responsible for Telstra’s philanthropic strategy in Australia and drives highly impactful, tech-enabled projects in partnership that benefit under-served communities.


Telstra’s philanthropic strategy is framed by two key community goals:

  1. We build digital skills for young people (digital inclusion) and
  2. We support community-led climate action enabled by tech (environmental action).


We run Code Club Australia to support free volunteer-led code clubs in schools and libraries, and give teachers access to fun learning resources to teach coding basics and build skills. As part of our advocacy and awareness work, we also run the annual, global Moonhack campaign to get more kids coding.

We also partner with Australian charities and social enterprises including:

  • Alannah & Madeline Foundation, Indigital & Young Change Agents funding programs to lift teacher, early learning practitioners & librarian capability & confidence to get more kids coding/improve student digital literacy/teach enterprise skills
  • Orygen Digital, Autism CRC, BighArt, Expression Australia and Infoxchange who are scaling digital services to support diverse and disadvantaged youth as part of our Tech4Good Challenge.
  • NAILSMA & CSIRO to train remote Indigenous Rangers and practitioners in five remote communities to use AI in Caring for Country/climate adaptation work
  • Earthwatch to engage Australians in citizen science to grow localised climate research data sets about plants and animals
  • Australian Red Cross Humanitech to invest in innovative climate change/adaptation technology pilots, scale humanitarian use cases and rasie awareness of humanity centred tech.

While we don’t lead Telstra volunteering or employee giving programs, we do amplify and leverage our work to connect employees with changemaker opportunities including Telstra Foundation Changemaker employee grants (internal program).


We are social innovation professionals committed to genuine social change and work closely with the Telstra Foundation Board, Chaired by Russell Higgins AO. We actively engage with civic society to shape our programs and support our charity partners to help them create impact. We work with non-profits based on fit with our focus areas, our research, and the organisation’s track-record of social impact via digital innovation.

Please note, we do not take unsolicited proposals for funding.

Because we know demand for grants always exceeds supply, we’ve also invested in some great social sector tools to help people looking for assistance: a no-fee crowdfunding platform for social impact causes with Chuffed and free, online digital and innovation video lessons for social impact specialists Fitzroy Academy

Our management team:

  • Jackie Coates (CEO Telstra Foundation Ltd​​​​​​)
  • Natalie Falzon (Social Impact & Innovation Manager)


Telstra Foundation Ltd is an independent legal entity, separate from Telstra Corporation Ltd. The majority of our directors – including the Chair – are independent of Telstra. The Board has established criteria and procedures for allocating grants which it may review and vary from time to time, including any criteria or procedures referred to on this site. To contact us please email

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