About CommBank Staff Foundation

Employee giving

At CommBank, our people are committed to driving positive change within their communities to create a better society for all Australians.

We have a long history of employee giving. In 1917, through the generous donations of our people, we sent care packages to Australians fighting in the First World War. When the war ended, our people continued their fundraising efforts, buying cots for children in hospital.

In the decades that followed, the giving continued to grow, with hundreds of thousands of young people in need provided with care and support.

Today, our people are building upon the legacy created over the last century. Through our people’s charity, CommBank Staff Foundation, we remain committed to supporting the wellbeing of the Australian community.

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You can contribute to these causes by making a donation.

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The Clown Doctors

Sick kids need a special kind of treatment to help recover from illness – the kind provided by the amazing Clown Doctors.

Help us help the Clown Doctors

With skill, empathy and a whole lot of fun, these professional entertainers do so much for kids in hospitals around the country. As a founding partner, Commonwealth Bank has been proudly supporting the Clown Doctors since 1999.

Each year, the Clown Doctors help the lives of more than 240,000 sick children and their families by conducting ‘Clown Rounds’ in every major children’s hospital in Australia. And with the help of our people, the Clown Doctors continue to deliver fun and laughter across the country.

During April, you can help us help the Clown Doctors deliver more emergency fun by donating in any CommBank Branch or online. Each year, we aim to raise more than $150,000 in additional support for the Clown Doctors, which will create 64,000 magic moments with patients, families and staff.

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Community Grants

Community Grants is part of our Workplace Giving program. Almost 12,000 CommBank employees make regular fortnightly contributions to the program to support the wellbeing of Australian youth. Since 2007, we've awarded more than $25 million in Community Grants to organisations, supporting a range of programs focused on youth, education, wellbeing and social inclusion.

In 2020, we awarded 205 x $10,000 community grants to organisations supporting the wellbeing of Australian communities across a range of important areas including supporting the health and wellbeing of children, mental health services, disability support and addressing domestic violence.

To be eligible for a grant, organisations were nominated by a CommBank employee who is passionate about their work and then invited to apply for a $10,000 grant to assist them in continuing the invaluable work.

All Community Grants are awarded for a period of one year. Information on next year’s program will be available in early 2021. 

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Can4Cancer

Can4Cancer’s purpose is to change lives and end cancer. Established in 2014, it is an initiative run in partnership with Tour de Cure that aims to raise more than $2 million annually to support cancer research and awareness.

Can4Cancer began as a 3-day ride for 100 employees in Sydney back in 2014. Today, over 3000 CommBank employees participate in fundraising activities including a signature 3 day ride; half-marathon walks in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Hobart, Adelaide and Perth. We also organise events throughout our branches across Australia.

Can4Cancer works closely with TdC’s Research, Support and Prevention (RSP) Committee to identify research projects to fund each year in the following categories:

  • Research Grants: Each year, we provide research grants of up to $200,000 each. In recognising that many of our people have been impacted personally by cancer, our people decide, via vote, on the cancer types we will help combat each year. Once the cancer types have been determined, we work closely with the RSP Committee to identify the research projects Can4Cancer will fund. 
  • On-tour Grants: On tour, we provide grants of $10,000 each to cancer support projects that make a big difference to the local community we are in.
  • Awareness packs: On weekdays during the tour, we also visit local primary schools where CommBank employees share Tour de Cure’s Be Fit, Be Healthy, Be Happy cancer awareness message. We give all children a kid’s pack containing an educational book, fridge magnets, a pencil case, and other goodies.

1 in 3 cancers are preventable with healthy lifestyle choices. Can4Cancer actively promotes a cancer smart lifestyle and encourages our people to adopt healthy lifestyle changes as the first line of defence.

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