Skip to the main navigation Skip to the content


The following provides an overview of some of the community programs and initiatives we have supported over the past 31 years.

The Early Years

The Early Years 1991

The Snow Foundation is created

Terry and George Snow, the founders.

Terry Snow, “The Snow Foundation was founded in Canberra by my brother George and me in 1991. We started it to make a difference to people’s lives in the community of our origins. George and I had a pretty straightforward view; see someone struggling and give them a helping hand.”

We honour Terry and George for taking the initiative to start the Foundation. It was a pioneering move, challenging the usual pathways at the time to establish a foundation, so we’re thankful for their vision and perseverance.

George and Terry Snow, Founders

Raw Potential

The only service in Canberra (formally Open Family) providing dedicated outreach workers; support from 1991 and ongoing. Given $758k


Up until 2000, supported the living skills transition program. 2000 to now, the Kids in Sport program. More recently, Queanbeyan Gatherings, an Aboriginal after-school care program

Food Programs

Breakfast at Ainslie Primary School through St John’s Care, ongoing. Stasia’s Soup Kitchen and OzHarvest, 2006. Early Morning Centre in the City, 2008. St Phillips Anglican Church, O’Connor, 2009. 2012, Gungahlin Community Centre Food Pantry and Canberra High School Breakfast Club, ongoing


Canberra Schools

Malkara School. Over time: Black Mountain, Malkara, Cranleigh, Harrison, Woden. Then: Canberra College Cares, Queanbeyan High School, Melba Copland School, Wanniassa School, Wilcannia School, Galilee School, Mulwaree High School Goulburn. Recently: YWCA Computer Club at Richardson Primary School


Mental Health Programs

Lifeline in 1995. Others followed in 2003: Mental Health Foundation, 2008; Messengers Program, Boys to Men in Cooma (YMCA), 2013: Menslink, 2015: Mental Illness ACT and Uplifting Australia

Friends of the Brain Injured

Therapy treatments for children and a family liaison officer. Over 19 years, $540K, benefiting 1000 families


L’Arche Genesaret, ACT Down Syndrome Association, Koomari, Pegasus Riding for the Disabled and YMCA’s RAID Basketball, still support today


Karinya House

Ongoing support to Karinya, a home and outreach program for mums and bubs, total $530k over 19 years

Lanyon Community Bus

Community bus provided for
community groups to use, upgraded bus twice, recently in 2021


Billabong Aboriginal Corporation

Purchased a bobcat for at-risk Indigenous youth. First time public about giving


Brindabella Gardens

Construction of a Palliative Care Unit at Brindabella Gardens in 2005. Provided $173K

The Middle Years

The Middle Years 2007

Whole Family Involved

Terry hands over CEO role to daughter Georgina. Corpus doubled, increasing our capacity to give. Commenced closer engagement with community. Held community morning teas to connect and celebrate the work

HOME in Queanbeyan

Beautiful partnership formed to get a loving HOME built and running. Largest grant yet, $400K over 4 years, helped catalyse Govt funding and others. Continued support, $622K to date

Educational Scholarships

Queanbeyan High School from 2007, Country Education Foundation from 2010, Royal Agricultural Society from 2013, all ongoing and growing. The Pinnacle Foundation from 2014 and Companion House from 2015


NewPIN Program

Brought this life-changing family educational program to Canberra, partnering with ACT Government and Uniting Care Kippax. Generational change for 100+ families. Program ceased in 2020, $623K given over 12 years

Disability, growth

Over-time disability grew: Music for Everyone, Abbeyfield Goulburn, TADACT and Monaro Early Intervention Service


Motor Neurone Disease (MND)

Research to cure or prevent MND by generating zebrafish models of the disease, at Medical Research at Macquarie University. Commitment of $2M over 11 years

ACT Social Enterprises

Five year commitment to develop ACT
Social Enterprise Hub – 20+ social enterprises, created 150 jobs / income streams. Supported many enterprises directly

Violet Initiative, End-of-life care

Supported Violet from the early days to bring to Canberra, and to validate the on-line guides to support those caring for dying loved ones. In 2018, accelerated support, given $1.2M to date


Hands Across Canberra

Input into the development of Canberra’s community foundation, including inaugural board member. This significant relationship continues to flourish and together we support the Canberra region collaboratively and thoughtfully

Kids Under Cover

New to Canberra, provided two portable studios in response to young people at risk of becoming homeless due to extreme conflict or overcrowding

Sydney Women’s Fund, beginning

Initially supported education/employment programs for women and families in Western Sydney. Funding increased significantly from 2017

Common Ground Canberra

Permanent supportive housing for 40 homeless or low-income residents. A first for Canberra. Provided seed funding in 2010 then $420K over 5 years which helped catalyse Government funding


Film Documentaries, beginning

2011 Beautiful
2012 20 Years: 20 Stories
2013 Gayby Baby
2014 10 Stories of Single Mothers
2015 Take Heart – Rheumatic Heart Disease
Later The Hunting Ground, Happy Sad Man

One Disease, Crusted Scabies

Initially helped establish the team in East Arnhem Land, as their first funder. Increased funding as its impact expanded across NT. First time giving outside Canberra region. $2.2M over 11 years

South Coast, beginning

Support started in Ulladulla and Batemans Bay: disability, homelessness, education. Hope House 2011, Muddy Puddles 2014, Ulladulla High School Student Wellbeing Officer 2017, Eurobodalla Riding for the Disabled and Jindelara Disability Service


Canberra Community Law Centre

Delivers an innovative model of early intervention legal work and social work for individuals and families often experiencing domestic abuse. 12 years, $330k

Indigenous Education

AIME – funded feasibility study to bring to Canberra. Launched in 2014; ongoing support. $500K over 11 years

CareerTrackers – In 2017 supported expansion into Canberra

Domestic Violence

2012, Beryl’s Refuge and Dad’s Place. Then, Toora Women, Women’s Community Shelters, Everyman Australia, Tara Costigan Foundation, the Silence Kills documentary. Later: Quest for Life, Care Financial, NSW Rape & Domestic Violence

The Big Issue: Homes for Homes (H4H)

Seed and operational funding to develop H4H. $540k over 6 years. Within the Snow family business, H4H was endorsed, and Denman Prospect became the first suburb to implement H4H across 2,000+ dwellings


Social Impact Investments

Started our social impact investment portfolio, beginning with SEFA and Zambrero, continued to grow to now 27 social investments

Canberra Grammar School

Built the Snow Centre, to develop excellence in Chinese and Asian Studies for the next generation of future leaders in Australia. In 2019 Terry committed $20M to transform the campus with a new auditorium, library and learning centre

Global Sisters

Founding funder in 2013, dedicated to helping women achieve financial independence and developing their businesses. Total commitment to 2024 $1.4M



Initially funded the IT platform, some operational costs. Then led a philanthropic collaboration (8 funders) to secure $1.5M over 3 years, which continued into a second round. Ongoing support and Board member, given $1.2M over 7 years



Began solid support to LGBTIQ+ through Gayby Baby documentary film and Pinnacle Foundation scholarships.

Rheumatic Heart Disease (RHD), beginning

Kicked off support via Take Heart documentary and an awareness and education campaign in Indigenous communities. In 2017, brought Penny (lived experience) to Canberra to speak to politicians. 2017, RHD research into a vaccine.

Mental Health

Held round tables with mental health leaders, police, users. Funded MIACT’s Stress Better program for Years 11 & 12, and Uplifting Australia, a well-being program for students, families, teachers, introduced to some Canberra primary schools

Project Independence

A social housing development offering home ownership for people with an intellectual disability. Properties built in Harrison and Latham with a third underway in Phillip. Total contribution $714K, includes $150K loan

The Recent Years

The Recent Years 2015

25 Years Celebration

Celebrated 25 years with family and community. Began next growth phase and added to the Snow Foundation team, to make three – Georgina, Lorraine, Trisha


Micro-loans, Domestic Violence

A loan program for those escaping violent situations and needing urgent financial assistance. Catalysed the initiative and collective that gave $250K. It won the 2018 Philanthropy Australia Small
Grants Award

Film Documentaries, growth

2016 Ghosthunter, Big Bad Love
2017 Happy Sad Man, Beautiful Minds, 2040, Hunting Ground
2020 The Final Quarter, In My Blood it Runs
2021 Firestarter, Incarceration Nation, Unbreakable, The Dreamlife of Georgie Stone

The Funding Network (TFN)

Co-hosted three live crowd-funding events in Canberra 2016, 2017, 2019 each raising $80 – $100K for 10 social enterprises. 2016, development of white-label service. 2020, program to engage children in philanthropy.

The Big Issue Classroom

Introduced The Big Issue Classroom to ACT, providing school groups with a real life lesson about homelessness

The Mill House Ventures

Supporting social entrepreneurs in the ACT through the GRIST development program and, later in 2021, a social entrepreneur in residence


Marriage Equality, LGBTIQ+

Backed the Marriage Equality Campaign from the beginning as major founding cornerstone $1M. A yes vote resulted in December 2017

Disability, growth

Nationally: AbilityMade, Getaboutable, Bus Stop Films, The Shepherd Centre. Canberra/South Coast: Muddy Puddles, Rotary for Powerchairs, Eurobodalla Riding for the Disabled and Jindelara Disability Service


Sector Support

Grew support with multi-year core funding to Philanthropy Australia and Documentary Australia Foundation

Sydney Women’s Fund, growth

Significant multi-year commitment to support more programs, core operations and Sydney Women’s Portrait research reports (2018, 2021). $755 over 11 years


Funding for residential, aged-care home in Darlinghurst for homeless or at risk of homelessness. 2020 Official opening of the 42-bed complex


Orange Sky

Canberra: 2018 introduced new hybrid laundry/shower van to Canberra, with The Independent Property Group Foundation and Icon Water.

Maningrida, NT: 2019 supported the pilot, van and operations; now considered a gold standard service. Given $420K

Vital Signs Canberra

2018: launched first Vital Signs Report, with Hands Across Canberra, providing a snapshot of Canberra’s strengths and challenges.

2021: launched Vital Signs Canberra 2nd publication

Clare Holland House

$2M funding to increase 8 palliative-care beds, including development of administration and clinical space. Close working partnership with Government who committed $4M. Completed June 2021

YWCA – Rentwell

Connects Canberrans who are struggling to find an affordable home with investment property owners. $300k over 3 years

Rheumatic Heart Disease, growth

More advocacy: Co-hosted landmark event and campaign at Parliament House

Community-led action: supported Maningrida (NT), Gunbalanya (NT), Doomadgee (Qld). Funded Orange Sky laundry van to Maningrida

Social Entrepreneurs

Increased commitments to Good360, The Violet Initiative, Global Sisters, One Disease

Raise the Rate Campaign

Following our advocacy on raising the rate of the welfare payment (Newstart) for single mothers in 2014, joined forces with a collective of philanthropists to greater support the campaign with ACOSS

The Farm in Galong

Three year agreement to help renovate and repurpose accommodation for women participating in the restorative program who are recovering from substance abuse

Uluru Statement from the Heart

Early supporter, backing Indigenous Law Centre at UNSW and joining 60+ philanthropic partners to sign a collective response to support the statement. Recently supported From the Heart in their advocacy


Youth Homelessness, Canberra

Progressed ‘Vital Signs’ Research, findings holding ‘Vital Conversations’ to address youth homelessness. Outcomes: support to Mowershed #2 and PCYC mobile café


Increased support with multi-year commitment to Equality Australia, $600k over 3 years. Also support to AIDS Action Council in ACT, Pride Cup, Pride Foundation and Pinnacle Foundation scholarships


Part of the early group with founding members, Reichstein and Australian Communities Foundation, to develop a collective of giving with many philanthropists supporting a fair democracy, ongoing today

South Coast, growth: FRRR + Scholarships

$2.5m over 5 years to FRRR for Ulladulla, Batemans Bay, Nowra. Scholarships growth, $1m over 5 years: Country Education Foundation; Royal Agricultural Society Foundation. Added: Ulladulla High School Student Wellbeing Officer

New Social Entrepreneurs

Sober in the Country – support to help people in the bush to reduce their alcohol intake

Umbo – online speech therapy

Jigsaw – training and employment for people with a disability


New Strategy

New strategy launched to address
the growth and guide giving. Added two staff members, now a team of six; Georgina, Lorraine, Carolyn, Jo, Alex, Lucy

End-of-Life Care

Palliative Care research – two reports with KPMG on the need for greater investment. Supported end of life stories for ACT residents

Tender Funerals – committed to bringing to Canberra

Rapid Response Covid Grant Rounds + Education

Canberra – supported Canberra charities to adapt their businesses. Sydney – supported Sydney Women’s Fund’s charities. Nationally: Supported digital education in 5 local languages for First Nations communities

Sector Support, growth

Social Impact Hub – helped co-design and launch Reimagine Impact to upskill for-purpose leaders.

Mill House Ventures – increased support

Raise Foundation Together 4 Youth Collective – joined seed funding group to coordinate mental health in schools

Uplifting Australia

2020, Uplifting Australia successfully handed over the family connect wellbeing program to Relationships Australia, enabling huge reach and impact. A great outcome and milestone


Rheumatic Heart Disease, growth

More community action: Deadly Heart Trek project, to listen, learn, diagnose and treat RHD affected communities. 2021: Supporter (and Executive Producer) to Take Heart Deadly Heart film sequel

Tick-Related Disease Research

Major research program to better understand diagnosis and treatment pathways for patients suffering from potential tick-borne diseases. $1m funded to the research over 5 years. Launched June 2021

30 Year Legacy

Captured the spirit of the Foundation for future generations and years to come via a short film and a coffee table book. Celebrated with 150 partners, colleagues and family on the 1st June 2022, delayed due to Covid.

Snow Entrepreneur Fellowships

To celebrate 30 years, launched the Snow Entrepreneurs – fellowships for social change. A celebration of our entrepreneurial beginnings, and those of founder Terry Snow


Canberra Foundations Collaborative

In 2022 we collaborated with the John James Foundation and Hands Across Canberra to form The Canberra Foundations Collaborative, to
offer a centralised grant round for organisations in the ACT and greater
regions, understanding that community organisations already have limited resources and time for grant writing.

The collaboration focused on addressing needs and building capacity in Canberra’s community sector. Almost $1.5M in grant funding went to 71 projects to help support people who experience economic and social disadvantages.

Indigenous Health – rheumatic heart disease – community action through the Deadly Heart Trek

The Deadly Heart Trek was developed in 2020 as an opportunity to listen, learn, educate, diagnose and treat Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities affected by rheumatic heart disease.

The Trek is governed by a National Steering Committee of leading paediatric cardiologists, an Aboriginal cultural engagement lead, social justice Aboriginal lawyer and The Snow Foundation.

Following the warm-up Trek in the Northern Territory in 2021, six communities in QLD invited the Trek team to visit in August 2022. Dr Robert Justo and Dr Ben Reeves co-led the teams alongside Dr Bo Reményi, visiting the Cape and Torres Strait regions over two weeks.


Indigenous Health – rheumatic heart disease – Take Heart:Deadly Heart film and advocacy campaign

Take Heart: Deadly Heart, the sequel to Take Heart (the 2015 documentary film and advocacy project), launched on Close The Gap Day, March 17, 2022, and has since screened over 200 times across the country as part of the ongoing campaign to end RHD. The event screenings have taken place at public and private cinemas, schools, universities, workplaces, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander-controlled organisations and health services, government departments and
remote communities.

Indigenous Health – crusted scabies – One Disease

The mission of One Disease since its initiation in 2010 was to work towards the elimination of Crusted Scabies as a public health concern in Australia by 2022. They have made an important and significant impact in that time and will voluntarily wind down in early 2023 – their program empowering communities and individuals to continue managing the fight.


Indigenous Rights – Uluru Statement from the Heart

In 2022, we made a $1M commitment to support the Uluru Statement from the Heart and the campaign for a First Nations Voice protected in the Australian Constitution. The first $500K was distributed to two significant partners, the Indigenous Law Centre at UNSW (Megan Davis and her team) and From the Heart (Dean Parkin and his team), with the remainder pledged and to be allocated once the “Yes” campaign launches.

Tick-Borne Research Project Update

As a family, we have been directly impacted by tick-borne disease and this unique study in partnership with the NORTH and leading doctors aims to build crucial evidence of how to diagnose and tailor treatment for those that suffer from chronic tick-borne illnesses.


Domestic Violence Support for Individuals

Applications for individual grants doubled to 120 in 2022, with most of the applications coming from refuges for women, with immediate financial needs such as relocation costs and utility and phone bills.

Responding to the increase in need, we held a roundtable with community representatives to discuss how we could add to our support. Following the success of a domestic violence brokerage funding with YWCA in 2021, we have extended this funding model to Beryl Women, Care Financial and Toora Women, each with a small grant to help meet the immediate needs of their clients.



Deadly Heart Trek Central Australia – the launch in Alice Springs

A group of highly experienced multi-disciplinary doctors, paediatric cardiologists, health workers, Aboriginal leaders and the local community have gathered in Alice Springs to launch the third major leg of the ‘Deadly Heart Trek’ through Central Australia.

Two dedicated teams of 8 will visit 22 communities with the aim of educating, treating and diagnosing local Aboriginal communities affected by rheumatic heart disease (RHD).

On the Central Australia Trek, the teams will undertake a range of activities, including:
• Undertaking heart checks for children – echocardiographic (echo) screening to detect RHD
• Doing skin checks and promoting skin awareness – to understand skin sores, scabies and
their link to RHD
• Undertaking education for the community, health workers and schools on RHD

We want to acknowledge the two experienced Trek teams volunteering their time to make this Trek happen, as well as the Heart Foundation, HeartKids, GE Healthcare, AMSANT, Take Heart and The Snow Foundation for their support.

Philanthropy says Yes with pledge to support Voice

In April 2023, we joined an alliance of some of Australia’s leading philanthropic foundations to declare our support for Voice. A combined $17 million pledge from the philanthropic sector to the Yes campaigns, with more funding to come.

Thirty-one of Australia’s leading philanthropic foundations and funders today unveiled a philanthropic pledge, all calling for the need for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to have a say in the matters that affect them through an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Voice.

The Canberra Foundations Collaborative

A partnership between Hands Across Canberra, the Snow Foundation, and the John James Foundation, announces the successful recipients of its 2023 grant round.

With a funding amount of nearly $1.3 million, 57 separate projects across various sectors have been awarded grants. Twenty-one out of the funded projects are multi-year initiatives, with a total associated funding of $1 million.

Parliamentary Breakfast – Ending RHD in Australia

Co-hosted by Senator Malarndirri McCarthy and The Snow Foundation

On August 9 we joined members from remote communities, Aboriginal leaders, and other #endRHD advocates at Parliament House to discuss the stark reality of First Nations people living with rheumatic heart disease, successful community initiatives in place and opportunities for improvement.