Andrew and Nicola Forrest are prominent philanthropists through the Minderoo Foundation.

Mixed fortunes for charity events

The Channel 7 Telethon Trust achieved another fundraising record over the weekend, raising $38 million for medical research, but its success has not been shared across the charity sector, with Variety WA’s Carols by Candlelight the latest of several events to be cancelled due to a lack of financial support.


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How does it cost $290,000 to host a carols by candlelight event? Is this not a charity/community event where people would be donating their talents and time, and companies their wares for that free advertising gig? While I understand financial costs associated, this cost is still extreme in any language. This is a charity event to celebrate Christmas, not a for-profit event. If the carols are not on this year it's doubtful they will return. I might say, I was expecting that.

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1st↑Minderoo Foundation$60.4m
2nd↓Channel 7 Telethon Trust$34.0m
3rd-Stan Perron Charitable Foundation$14.5m
4th-McCusker Charitable Foundation$5.0m
5th-Perth Children's Hospital Foundation$4.9m
59 philanthropic foundations ranked by funds distributed most recent financial year ($a)

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