About the Foundation

In 2014, the Board of Directors established The Girls & Boys Brigade Foundation. The goal was to create a corpus fund that would generate returns and create income to support the work of The Girls & Boys Brigade in perpetuity.

The key focus is for that financial support to meet the administration costs of The Girls & Boys Brigade. Net of fundraising expenditure, donations directly support programs for children, youth and their families. 

My family has had a long and rewarding association with The Girls & Boys Brigade, since my great grandfather, Sir James Fairfax of The Sydney Morning Herald and Mr Samuel Bennett of The Evening News established The Boys Brigade organisation in 1882. The establishment of the Foundation is a significant development in the history of this wonderful organisation. It evolves from our strength and creates a further stronghold to our future.
John B. Fairfax, AO
President of The Girls & Boys Brigade
The Girls & Boys Brigade Foundation
A Message from the Chairman

For nearly 140 years, The Girls & Boys Brigade’s dedicated Board, staff and supporters have worked tirelessly to encourage thousands of children and youth to realise their full potential and become resilient and capable adults. I am proud to be one of those children.

You too can contribute to our mission by helping to build a strong capital base. I ask that you consider a donation or bequest to The Girls & Boys Brigade Foundation and consider it as an investment in the future of The Girls & Boys Brigade and the children and youth it supports.

Paul Masi, Chairman of The Girls & Boys Brigade Foundation

A Message from the Chairman
Get in touch with us
Get in touch with us

We welcome the opportunity to discuss your interest in being a part of the Foundation by either making a tax-deductible donation or leaving a gift in your will.

The Girls & Boys Brigade Foundation Board
Paul Masi

Paul is a non Executive Director of SHAW Stockbroking Ltd and the Chairman of Cerebral Palsy Alliance. He is the former Country Head and Chief Executive Officer of Merrill Lynch in Australia. Since 1995, Paul has sat on several Australian Stock Exchange committees, including the Rules Committee, The National Adjudicatory Tribunal and the Appeals Tribunal. Paul is a past attendee of the Brigade.

Andrea Molloy
Company Secretary

Andrea’s background in the Banking and Finance industry prior to starting with The Girls & Boys Brigade in 2005 has enabled her to efficiently manage the statutory, financial and procedural aspects of both the Brigade and the Foundation.

Jean Findlay

Jean Findlay is a Director of The Girls & Boys Brigade Foundation.

Joshua O’Rourke

Joshua has over 15 years of experience in the not-for-profit sector including as Head of Relationship Fundraising at Cerebral Palsy Alliance, Head of Philanthropy at Amnesty International Australia, and National Events Manager at Compassion Australia. Joshua completed a Bachelor of Law at Macquarie University and is an Executive Committee Member of the Sydney Convicts Rugby Union Football Club.

Michael Forsdick

Michael is an Oxford University graduate with a Masters in Botany, a retired Chartered Accountant and former partner of PricewaterhouseCoopers, where he specialised in personal tax. He is the current Chairman of the Board of Fauna and Flora International Australia and joined the Board of The Girls & Boys Brigade in 2013.

Paul Strutt

Paul joined the board of The Girls & Boys Brigade in May 2015 and became Chairman of the Board in June 2022. He was a former Director and Treasurer for ING Bank NV in Australia with 30 years’ experience in the Financial Markets.

Phil Burford

Phil has spent some 54 years working across the communication spectrum from journalist and editor to corporate communication counsel and consultancy head. He is currently Chairman of The DAYLIGHT Agency, a fully integrated communication services where Phil’s creative and business skills and knowledge of Asia Pacific add a unique dimension to the company’s corporate positioning in the communication services industry. He was twice elected Mayor of the City of Fitzroy.

The Girls & Boys Brigade Foundation details:

ABN: The Trustee for The Girls & Boys Brigade Foundation 37 142 341 507

DGR Status: The Trustee for The Girls & Boys Brigade Foundation is a deductible gift recipient. It is a public ancillary fund covered by Item 2 of the table in section 30-15 of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997. Donations over $2 are tax-deductible.

Charity Tax Concession Status: Income tax exemption and GST concessions.