Philanthropy is the rational response to wealth
The Cameron Foundation (ABN 94 746 768 251) was established using the proceeds of the sale of Cameron Systems to Orc Software in 2006. Currently the foundation donates around $700,000 each year to a range of charities primarily in the areas of health, education, human rights and disaster relief.
Most donations are made in July which means that we can publish a draft Annual Report at the beginning of the current financial year. It is updated throughout the year if we make any extra donations but it should be substantially complete in July.
The directors are John, Alison, Donald and Caroline Cameron. John co-founded and works full time, pro bono, for Talent Beyond Boundaries, The Talent Catalog and Pathway Club - all global responses to the current refugee crisis.
We are inspired by the examples of Sidney Myer (Myer Foundation) and Bill and Melinda Gates (Gates Foundation).
Gates' answers to some tough questions.
They are examples of lives well lived and role models for those fortunate enough to have found substantial material wealth in their lifetime.
The man who dies rich, dies disgraced- Andrew Carnegie
We have also been inspired by the work of
in particular his book
The Life You Can Save .
Can we really believe that we are living a good life, an ethically decent life if we don't do anything serious to help reduce poverty around the world- Peter Singer
This year we added support for two new refugee initiatives which are both associated with the skills based "complementary" pathway pioneered by Talent Beyond Boundaries (TBB).
PathwayClub is a "pay it forward" scheme which theoretically provides a scalable financial solution for refugees who successfully get out through a TBB style pathway. They then support others to follow them. We have provided the seed funding to start the initiative.
RefugePoint is a well established initiative supporting refugees, particularly in Kenya. Our funding is to support them in using TBB's model and technology to help refugees based in Kenya who have marketable skills find "durable solutions".
The fund supports a range of charities. Donations to large charities are normally untied and annually recurring. One-off or time-limited donations are also made to certain individual projects.