Who we are


The Australian College of Nursing (ACN) has a long and proud history of philanthropy and investment in the nursing profession through its two predecessor organisations, The College of Nursing and the Royal College of Nursing Australia.

To honour and build on this success, the Australian College of Nursing (ACN) Foundation was established in 2019 as the philanthropic arm of the ACN. The Australian College of Nursing Foundation is a registered charity and an eligible deductible gift recipient.



The Australian College of Nursing (ACN) Foundation provides access, through funding, to support initiatives that enhance, develop and recognise contributions made by Australian nurses that will improve the health of the Australian community and secure nursing history.

We collaborate with the community to raise funds in support of such initiatives that focus on research, policy development and advocacy, education and scholarship.

The ACN Foundation’s mission is delivered through the following pillars with objectives being:

  • Nurse Leadership – Developing nurse leaders
  • Research – Uncovering best practice
  • Education & Scholarships – Acknowledgement and reward
  • Advocacy & Policy Development – Action for health outcomes
  • History – Curating nurse history

We're here to support nurses... the backbone of the health care system.


Ways to support

  • Make a gift in your Will through a bequest or by creating a sub fund within the ACN Foundation
  • Make a donation to support:
    • Education & scholarship
    • Research
    • Nurse leadership
    • Advocacy & policy development
    • Curation of nurse history
    • The Bullwinkel Project
  • Private Trusts, Foundations, Corporations are encouraged to work with the ACN Foundation in partnership development

Corporate Structure

The Australian College of Nursing Foundation is a public ancillary fund.

It is endorsed as a Deductible Gift Recipient and registered as a Charity with the Australian Charities and Not for Profit Commission.

If you would like to review our Deed of Trust please download a copy.

All donations greater than $2 are tax deductible.

The day to day administration of the ACN Foundation is provided by the Australian College of Nursing.


Contact us

For further information please contact the ACN Foundation via info@acnfoundation.org.au or free call 1800 061 660 (charges may apply).