About us

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 ACN Foundation was launched in 2019 as the philanthropic arm of ACN. The Foundation is a registered charity and an eligible deductible gift recipient.



The ACN Foundation provides access, through funding, in support of initiatives that enhance, develop and recognize contributions made by Australian nurses that will improve the health of the Australian community and secure nursing history.

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

The 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

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Ways to support

  • Leave a Gift in your Will – through a bequest or by creating a Living Will
  • Make an individual donation in support of your area of interest:
    • Education & scholarship
    • Research
    • Nurse leadership
    • Advocacy & policy development
    • Curation of nurse history (Vivian Bullwinkel memorial sculpture)
  • Workplace giving – either directly to the Foundation or by contributing pre-tax from your salary
  • Private Trusts, Foundations, corporations are encouraged to work with the 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 Foundation is provided by the Australian College of Nursing.


Contact us

For further information please contact the Foundation via info@acnfoundation.org.au or +61 434 133 619 or free call 1800 061 660 (charges may apply).