Welcome to the WELA Giving Circle

How it works…

The WELA Giving Circle is the only giving circle in Australia dedicated to funding women and gender-diverse led climate and environment action.

When you become a member, your tax-deductible commitment of $20 per week or $1000 a year goes a long way. We pool our resources, with 50% granted to women-led environmental and climate action through our Small Grants Program, and the other 50% supporting the next generation of leaders through WELA’s groundbreaking leadership programs.

And the best bit? 

All the members have a say and get to vote on where the money is going and the kind of impact we want to create.

And the more members we have, the more impact we have.

Become a member

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Consider making a one-off donation here.
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We have deductible gift recipient (DGR) status. All donations of $2 or more are tax deductible.

The WELA Giving Circle is a sub-fund of the Australian Communities Foundation, which is a public charitable foundation.

Why a giving circle?

Women and gender-diverse people all over Australia are stepping up to the challenges facing our planet. From the forest frontlines to taking fossil fuel companies to court, teaching the new wave of leaders, or protecting country, we are transforming Australia’s response to our environmental and climate crises.

But here’s the thing. Women-led projects are chronically underfunded with less than 1 percent of international philanthropy going to women’s environmental initiatives. That must change.

WELA is creating Australia’s only giving circle dedicated to funding women’s action on environment and climate issues.

But we can’t do it without you.

What will the Small Grants Program fund?

Our grants are open to women and gender diverse people working on environmental and climate action.

What do we mean by women and gender-diverse led?
Leadership happens in many ways but for WELA this means your project or organisation will have women and/or gender diverse people leading within some of these areas: your organisational structure, strategy development, storytelling, and organising. 

What do we mean by environment and climate action? 
We’ll be on the lookout for impactful, cutting edge and inspiring advocacy, campaigns, and projects in the issue areas of environment and climate. In our initial round, this granting process will focus on project funding not unrestricted/core funding. 

For more information on grant eligibility see our FAQs and join our email list to be the first to know when grants are open.

What is a giving circle?

A giving circle is a group with shared values collaborating for change. We gather, discuss shared values, pool funding, and decide together where to give — multiplying impact, increasing community connection, and building power.

Giving Circles are a growing movement of people-powered philanthropy. By pooling donations, we maximise our impact.

But this is not new. Collective Giving has been happening for centuries. But in the past few decades, thousands of people have come together to start giving circles that have collectively given over $1.3 billion.

This kind of giving is joyful, collaborative, and intentional.

About WELA

Our vision is for a world transformed by women leading change.

WELA is a community connecting, training and funding generations of women and gender diverse changemakers so that together we transform Australia’s response to our environmental and climate crise

WELA Staff and board in 2022.
WELA’s Board of Directors and staff.