ARA in The Community
The ARA Endowment Fund
Over the past 14 years, the ARA Group has continued to grow and generate success across our facility services divisions. With that success, we believe that it is our responsibility to give back to the communities in which we work and live. Contributing to the communities in which ARA operates is fundamental to our company culture.
The ARA Endowment Fund was established in 2009 as a way for the ARA Group and its employees to leave a lasting positive impact on cities, towns and people throughout Australia.
How Charities Are Nominated
ARA staff from around the country nominate a charity of their choice. The Advisory Board of the ARA Endowment Fund, also made up of ARA employees, makes the final decision of the charities to donate to each year based upon the nominations.
The current principal balance of the ARA Endowment Fund is approximately $540,000 after donating $24,000 in financial year 2015 to six nominated charities. Each charity received $4,000. Every contribution helps to grow the fund’s principal balance, and each year, the total interest generated by this balance is donated to a variety of registered Australian charities. Since the Fund will never be drawn from directly, a donation to the ARA Endowment Fund is a gift that will keep giving forever.
The variety of charities assisted by the ARA Endowment Fund makes it a simple, affordable way to support countless communities across Australia.
In an effort to help build the the fund to a greater capacity, we will soon be inviting the Australian community, our clients and network to be a part of this contribution by donating to our fund.
The 7 charities we supported in 2015
1. St Kilda Mums – VIC Website Link
This organisation helps newborn babies and their mums in need. Essential items, such as cots and clothes, are donated through this charity.
2. Asthma Foundation Website Link
10% of Australians suffer from asthma. It is essential to provide resources to help individuals and families with this affliction.
3. Westpac Rescue Helicopter Service – Newcastle, NSW Website Link
This world class aeromedical search and rescue operation assists many in need. ARA has grown its business substantially in the Hunter Region of New South Wales so this nomination was very important to fulfil ARA’s goal of contributing in the communities where we work.
4. Ronald McDonald House – North Adelaide, SA Website Link
This residential program assists children and families in need. It provides a home away from home for seriously ill children and their families and can accommodate up to 20 families each night in Adelaide.
5. Young Diggers Dog Squad – QLD Website Link
This program trains dogs to become Assistance Dogs to support our serving and ex-serving Australian Defence Force members who are dealing with PTSD, as well as their dependents and direct family members.
6. Save Our Sons – NSW Website Link
A charity organisation raising funds and awareness to help find a cure for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD).
7. Taronga Zoo Website Link
ARA is a Champion Sponsor of Taronga Zoo
All donations to the ARA Endowment Fund are tax deductible. Donating to the ARA Endowment Fund is a way to provide lasting support to charities throughout Australia.