The Moelis Australia Foundation was established in 2017 to provide a way for Moelis Australia staff to support various charities and community initiatives that they are passionate about.

Over time, we plan on growing the Foundation’s reach with our employees to continually shape its strategic priorities.

The current Foundation activities focus on:

  • Giving to staff nominated charities and community causes,
  • Developing long-term community partnerships; and
  • Providing pro-bono professional services.

Since 2017, Moelis Australia staff have donated over $7.5 million to the Foundation.

Staff nominated charity giving

To date, over $4 million has been directed to 44 different charities nominated by Moelis Australia staff such as the Sydney Children’s Hospital, Westmead Children’s Hospital, UNICEF, Dementia Australia and the Fred Hollows Foundation.

Community partners

In addition to the staff nominated charity giving, in 2019 the Foundation announced two community partners – Beyond Blue and the Go Foundation.

Beyond Blue is an Australian independent non-profit organisation working to address issues associated with depression, suicide, anxiety disorders and other related mental disorders.

The Go Foundation is an organisation founded in 2014 by  Adam Goodes and Michael O’Loughlin to create opportunities for Indigenous youth through education.

Each community partner is supported by a minimum annual donation of $50,000 over a three-year period to be invested in helping to realise their strategic objectives.

Pro-bono professional services 

In 2019, a team of corporate advisors led by Managing Director Chris Wyke worked pro-bono with JB Were to help the Australia Council Research Foundation (ACRF) position four new cancer research initiatives similar to a financial product or new fund investment.

The initiative is called “Impact Philanthropy” with the investment team taking a fresh approach to how ACRF fundraise by presenting the projects as they would financial products in an Information Memorandum.

Foundation Board

The Foundation has three directors; Mark Nelson, Chairman and Andrew Pridham and Chris Wyke.

Mark is a founder and Chairman of the Caledonia Investment Group, Director of the Caledonia Foundation, Vice President of the Art Gallery of NSW Board of Trustees, Deputy Chairman of Art Exhibitions Australia and Kaldor Public Art Projects, a trustee of the Sydney Swans Foundation, and Governor of the Florey Institute of Neuroscience. 

Andrew Pridham and Chris Wyke are also Directors of MAF.