Australia’s oldest staff charity fund celebrates 90 years of giving

26 July 2007

The Commonwealth Bank Staff Community Fund (the Fund) celebrates its 90th anniversary today, making it the oldest staff charity organisation in Australia.

Formed in 1917 to provide children’s cots in World War One, the Fund has grown to support a range of charities in its 90 year lifetime including the Royal Blind Society, Royal Flying Doctor Service, Legacy and more recently National Smile Day, the Humour Foundation’s Clown Doctors and Midnight Basketball.

"We’re extremely proud of the Commonwealth Bank Staff Community Fund and its long history of supporting the wellbeing of children across Australia," said Barbara Chapman Chairperson of the Fund.

"The Group’s staff are extremely generous in supporting a range of organisations. In the last ten years alone, they have raised more than $5 million for a range of children’s charities through voluntary contributions from their salary.

"Staff have a strong affiliation with the Fund, with many continuing their membership in retirement from the Bank. Staff not only donate money to support the Fund’s initiatives, but many also volunteer their time."

One of our most successful recent initiatives is the Local Grants Program which awards local community groups with up to $10,000 for grassroots programs that improve the health and wellbeing of local children.

"Applications for the second round of the Local Grants Program is now open, so interested community groups should head to the Commonwealth Bank website and select ‘In the Community’ for more information," said Ms Chapman.

Did you know?

  • The Commonwealth Bank Staff Community Fund was originally set up to provide children’s costs during World War One.
  • Over the past decade, the Commonwealth Bank Staff Community Fund has raised over $5 million for a variety of charities.
  • More information on the Commonwealth Bank Staff Community Fund on the Group’s website at – In the Community.


For more information contact:

Steve Batten
Commonwealth Bank
Ph: (02) 9378 2504
Mob: 0411 080 268