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About us

At First Nations Foundation, it’s our mission to achieve financial literacy and prosperity for First Nations people.

We provide culturally-designed financial education, training and information that will add value for First Nations people, regardless of where they fall on the wealth continuum.

Our evidence-based research and data helps to lead a national conversation on achieving financial prosperity for First Nations people. This allows us to develop mutually beneficial partnerships with organisations who have shared values around Indigenous wealth and financial wellbeing.

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A brief history

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1999
1999

Credit Union starts up in Shepparton

First Nations Credit Union starts up in Shepparton Victoria and quickly grows nationally. Offering banking services to Indigenous people along with the famous Cathy Freeman card, it proves a hit amongst First Australians.

1999
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2006
2006

First Nations Foundation is created

First Nations Foundation is created and funded by Credit Union Australia, with the main goal of teaching financial skills to Indigenous people.

2006
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2009
2009

My Moola launches

Our first financial literacy training package, My Moola, launches. Built by Indigenous people for Indigenous people, it starts changing lives by building the money skills of First Nations people.

2009
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2014
2014

The first Big Super Day Out

The first Indigenous superannuation event series, Big Super Day Out, is held in Sydney. These events continue to roll out around Australia, earning an award from Financial Literacy Australia.

2014
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2017
2017

Pivot towards digital education

First Nations Foundation pivots towards becoming a digital educator so Indigenous people can learn financial skills at scale.

2017
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2018
2018

Digital training begins and research is conducted

My Money Dream’ digital training begins, and our first financial field research on Indigenous finances is conducted in partnership with the Centre for Social Impact and NAB. The Big Super Day Out event series is held in four states across 13 communities, with $14.5M in Indigenous super being located.

2018
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2019
2019

Our first report is released

Our ‘Money Stories’ research report in partnership with the Centre for Social Impact and NAB is released. It is revealed that only 1 in 10 Indigenous people are financially secure compared with 1 in 2 non-Indigenous Australians. We also help to reunite more than 1,600 Indigenous people with $24 million in superannuation across 21 Big Super Day Out events around Australia.

2019
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Our projects

First Nations Foundation has a range of projects and resources for individuals, financial educators and corporate partners, all with the unifying goal of improving the financial literacy and prosperity of First Nations people.


Tomorrow Money

Tomorrow Money is our financial wellbeing hub designed to educate and empower First Nations people to take control of their financial future. It’s full of resources, guides and helpful articles that cover everything from home ownership to super to credit and debt.

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My Money Dream

My Money Dream is our award-winning online financial literacy training program created by First Nations people, for First Nations people. The program is designed to help build the skills needed for financial security and future prosperity.
It is available to individuals, employers, and mentors and community organisations.

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On Country professional resources

On Country is the professional hub of My Money Dream. It’s designed for those working in community organisations or financial wellbeing roles, providing culturally appropriate financial literacy resources for your First Nations clients and communities.

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Rich Blak Women

Also known as the Indigenous Women’s Financial Wellness initiative, Rich Blak Women has been developed with the vision of long-term financial prosperity and economic security for all First Nations Australian women, and intergenerational wealth transformation across First Nations families and communities.

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Help us improve economic

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outcomes for First Nations

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communities and individuals across

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Australia.

Our Board of Directors

Ian Hamm

Chairperson, Yorta Yorta, VIC

Ian Hamm

Raylene Bellottie

Deputy Chari, Nanda, WA

Raylene Bellottie

Michelle Crawford

Director, Victoria

Michelle Crawford

Leah Bennett

Director, Wiradjuri, NSW

Leah Bennett

Melissa Archer

Director of Finance

Melissa Archer

Rajiv Viswanathan

Director

Rajiv Viswanathan

Eveanne Liddle

Director, Central Arrernte and Luritja Pertame woman, Central Australia

Eveanne Liddle

Phil Usher

CEO, Wiradjuri, NSW

Phil Usher

First Nations Foundation team

Emma McCashney

Emma McCashney

Chief Operating
Officer

Jordy Dwyer

Jordy Dwyer

Manager, Education
and Partnerships

Larisha Jerome

Larisha Jerome

Manager, Women’s
Economic Empowerment

Maddie Shepherd

Maddie Shepherd

Manager, Corporate Partnerships and Operations

Cassie Baldini

Cassie Baldini

Manager, PR, Communications & Marketing

Destiny Dewis

Destiny Dewis

Project Manager, On Country

Eddie Buli

Eddie Buli

Project Manager, Regional & Remote Outreach

Brogan Fielder

Brogan Fielder

EA to the CEO and Board

Tim Elbery

Tim Elbery

Web Developer &
IT Support Officer

Keiena Aspinall Ivey

Keiena Aspinall Ivey

Content Development & Training Officer

Ethan Mulholland

Ethan Mulholland

Community Development & Training Officer

Lateisha Vincent

Lateisha Vincent

Indigenous Business Training Officer

Aliyah Stanke

Aliyah Stanke

Social Media & Communications Officer

Nancy Chalmers

Nancy Chalmers

Graphic Designer

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