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By supporting our End of Year Appeal, you can help support young Indigenous people to access high-quality education opportunities and create ripples of change. You are providing the opportunity where skills are nurtured, education and career aspirations are fulfilled and generations of young Indigenous Australians are uplifted.

Through your generosity, we can provide additional scholarship places, giving more young Indigenous people the chance to thrive academically and personally.

If you would like to make a donation click here. Or if you have any questions or feedback, please call (02) 8373 8000 or email with your contact details and we will be in touch.

Meet AIEF AIEF Alumni Kodie and Tarli

AIEF Alumni and sisters, Kodie and Tarli, are proud Dharawal women from La Perouse who chose to use their education to create ripples of change for their family and the local community.

Kodie was the first in her family to attend university and recently graduated with a Bachelor of Social Research and Policy. Tarli is continuing studies in Psychology and hoping to work in mental health and counselling services within Indigenous communities.

The sisters have a long history of strong Aboriginal women in their family, with one of their ancestors running her own business during Sydney’s colonial times. This is what inspired Kodie to start her own business, Malima, facilitating Aboriginal cultural workshops including weaving, bush medicine, spear making and other traditional practices.

To read more about Kodie and Tarli’s experience click here

“I was extremely grateful for my experience … it gave us access to opportunities and a future we wouldn’t have had otherwise. We have now been able to come back and work in our community, use our education and share our experience with others – inspiring a new generation of young people.” – Kodie


Meet AIEF Alumni Frank and Kai

“The more I speak to doctors, elders and members of these communities, the more my understanding grows and I can identify how I can help. I want to ensure the right healthcare and education is provided to the community.” – Kai

AIEF Alumni and brothers, Frank and Kai, are proud Torres Strait Islander men, who have always valued education and the role that it can play in empowering people. After graduating from St Peters Lutheran College, both men knew they wanted to choose careers that allowed them to work in local communities and make a meaningful change.

Whether helping to facilitate financial support for a young Indigenous person’s next business idea, or providing Indigenous communities with healthcare support during a difficult time, these brothers are empowering Indigenous communities and using their education to make ripples of change.

To read more about Frank and Kai’s experience click here.



You can leave a lasting legacy which will transform the lives of Indigenous children by including AIEF in your Will.

If you would like to discuss a bequest, please contact us. You can also download the AIEF Bequest Brochure here.

The late Dr Guy Kendall White AM wanted to ‘pay forward’ the generosity provided to him as a child who received a scholarship, providing the same opportunity for Indigenous students to access educational opportunities.

Introducing AIEF Bequestor Patrick Tunchon

After years of working in rural and remote Australia, the late Patrick Tunchon saw first-hand the struggle young Indigenous people experienced when seeking housing, education, healthcare and jobs. Witnessing this inequality inspired Patrick to make a lasting difference by leaving a Gift in his Will to support Indigenous education.

To this date, his Gift in Will continues to make an impact for future generations of Indigenous students. If you are interested in learning more about how you can leave a Gift in your Will to AIEF or the impact your legacy gift will make, please contact our Head of Advancement, Nicky Jacobs, at to have a confidential conversation.

Major Supporters

AIEF is grateful to have the support of a number of major philanthropic organisations.

AIEF Corporate Nation Changers Syndicate

In addition to our major Corporate Partners, AIEF’s Corporate Nation Changers Syndicate enables organisations to support our work through a structured and sustainable funding model.

Members of the Corporate Nation Changers Syndicate are part of an impactful program aligned to their organisational values that makes a meaningful contribution to the community.

For more information please contact


AIEF Nation Changers Syndicate

AIEF is proud to work with significant supporters in the community through the AIEF Nation Changers Syndicate, an influential group of philanthropists and thought leaders helping to provide the transformative opportunity of a quality education to Indigenous children.

For more information please contact

Volunteer at AIEF

AIEF would not be where it is today without the help of our supporters, including many volunteers.

If you would like to donate your expertise and professional skills to Indigenous education, please contact us to discuss volunteering opportunities.

Available positions

Volunteer Photographer

If you are a professional or aspiring photographer interested in volunteering to shoot AIEF events and activities pro bono, please contact us.

Investing in Indigenous education

If you share our vision to create tangible, measurable and enduring social change through evidence-based social investment in Indigenous education, you can support our work by making a donation to AIEF.

If you would like to make a donation click here. Or if you have any questions or feedback, please call (02) 8373 8000 or email with your contact details and we will be in touch.

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In the fight against Indigenous disadvantage, the only long-term solution is to deal with the causes. And the most effective way of doing that, is education.

Sir William Deane AC KBE
Former Governor-General of Australia


The AIEF Scholarship Program and the AIEF Pathways Program are supported by the Australian Government in collaboration with individual, philanthropic and corporate supporters from the private sector.