At Bartons, we are committed to social responsibility and, in doing so, we support local community organisations that are close to our hearts.
All Bartons team members are encouraged to participate in our Workplace Giving Program. We select a range of beloved causes and, over the years, we have raised funds for many worthy foundations and associations. So far this year, we have supported the following charities:
January - Flicker of Hope
The Flicker of Hope Foundation has been established to raise much needed funds for research into Neurofibromatosis.
Neurofibromatosis (NF) is a genetic disorder that most people have never heard of. There are three types of NF: NF1, NF2 and Schwannomatosis.
It is estimated that 1 in 2,500 people have NF1 – affecting approximately 10,000 Australians and 2,500,00 people worldwide.
Learn more here – https://www.flickerofhope.org.au/
February - Foodbank SA
Foodbank is Australia’s largest food relief organisation, operating on a scale that makes it crucial to the work of the front line charities who are feeding vulnerable Australians. Foodbank provides more than 70% of the food rescued for food relief organisations nation-wide.
For every kilogram of food distributed by Foodbank, the social return on investment has been valued at $23. This means the impact of Foodbank’s work in the community is worth almost $1 billion annually.
Learn more about Foodbank and how you can help at https://www.foodbank.org.au/?state=sa
March - MS Society of SA & NT
In 1964, a group of dedicated individuals who were living with multiple sclerosis (MS) or who were supporting someone with MS, formed MSSANT. Since then, MSSANT has continued to provide the latest information on MS including treatment options, research projects, and support and care services available in South Australia and the Northern Territory.
MSSANT is a non-government, not-for-profit organisation. The money we raise through our fundraising efforts, government grants and other income generating programs goes to providing care, support and services to thousands of people living with MS.
Please support this foundation via – https://www.ms.asn.au/
April - Surf Lifesaving SA
Surf Life Saving SA (SLSSA) is South Australia’s major coastal water safety, drowning prevention and rescue authority.
Surf Life Saving creates a safe environment on and off our beaches, through patrols, training programs and education. Surf Life Saving is an active part of Australian local communities. It is in its own right an Australian community, offering a place to belong, a place to grow and be safe. We provide mateship, education and experience. In so doing Surf Life Saving gives back to the community. Surf Life Saving is the largest volunteer movement of its kind in the world.
Learn more here – https://www.surflifesavingsa.com.au/
January – Australian Red Cross
February – Wildlife Recovery Fund
March – Nonna’s Cucina
April – Meals on Wheels (SA)
May – Love your Sister
June – CanTeen
July – Miracle Babies
August – Motor Neuron Disease SA
September – Variety
October – SAHARA
November – HAS
December – Smith Family
Past Recipients: Flinders Foundation, Big Brother Big Sisters of Australia, Missing Persons Advocacy Network (MPAN), Cure Brain Cancer, Cancer Council, Hutt Street Centre, Dementia Australia, The Village Co, National Cancer Foundation, Anglicare, Airborne Aid & Smith Family.
Time and expertise can often be equally as valuable as money. Many of our team members commit their time to community groups and not-for-profit organisations. Their voluntary work includes board appointments, committee representation, coaching and mentoring.
Bartons and Future Generation Investment Company (FGX) Partnership
One of the ways in which we support our local community is via our charity partnership with Future Generation Investment Company.
FGX is a listed investment vehicle which provides investors exposure to the best Australian fund managers. One percent of FGX assets are invested in charities each year, with a focus on charities that support children at risk. Providing an ongoing source of funding for Australian charities, the company’s innovative structure promotes giving as well as wealth creation.
Bartons in partnership with FGX, elects to donate one percent to Bartons’ Sponsored Charites, which includes the Childhood Cancer Association, Hutt St Centre, The Village Co. and Roses in the Ocean. Through the successful FGX partnership, Bartons has raised $68,011 in 2019, $58,949 in 2018 and $17,478 in 2017 for Bartons’ Sponsored Charites.
Childhood Cancer Association (CCA)
The Childhood Cancer Association was established in 1982 and is a non-government funded, not for profit organisation, supporting South Australian children living with cancer, and their families. The funds they raise allow them to provide service such as: Support Packs for all families with a child newly diagnosed with cancer, counselling by qualified psychologists, accommodation, support groups and tutoring for children undergoing treatment for cancer. As a fully self-funded organisation, the Childhood Cancer Association relies heavily on the support of the community to enable them to raise funds to deliver vital services and support to families in need.
Hutt Street Centre
Each day Hutt St Centre helps hundreds of people who are experiencing homelessness and disadvantage to find shelter, food, care and support. Hutt St provides essential services including meals, showers, toilets, laundry facilities and lockers, and access to health and well-being services. There are 18 visiting professional services including GPs, Registered Nurses, eye clinics, legal advice and financial counselling. Visiting services offer a safe and supportive environment for people seeking help who may find it difficult to access public or community-based organisations.
The Village Co.
The Village Co. want all women who are pregnant or who have recently had a baby to experience dignity, care and generosity. Some South Australian women find themselves in a situation where they do not have essential support. Without support, women may struggle, lose confidence and be at a greater risk of mental health issues.
The Village Co. is a South Australian based not-for-profit organisation which aims to give these mothers essential and practical items that will make them feel appreciated and loved, whilst also addressing their basic needs and those of their newborn.