Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Foundation (QATSIF)
QATSIF was established in 2008 to give Queensland's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families increased educational choices and life opportunities.
The foundation aims to provide young eligible Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders with a secure funding source to assist students in their senior years of education through the provision and promotion of scholarships to achieve their Queensland Certificate of Education.
Funding for the programs and activities is primarily generated through the interest earned on the original capital used to establish the Trust in 2008 and having benefited from some corporate funding is now also currently supported by additional State Government funding. This ensures the viability of the foundation for generations to come.
QATSIF has a Board of Advice that is comprised predominantly of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders as well as non-Indigenous people who are experts and leaders in their fields. The Chair is Professor Cindy Shannon. The Board is responsible for making recommendations on how funds should be used to achieve QATSIF's objectives and partnering with the wider community to promote both equity and cultural awareness for young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders. Aunty Ruth Hegarty is the Patron of the foundation.
During its existence, QATSIF has awarded over 7,300 QATSIF QCE Scholarships to young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Queenslanders in over 270 secondary schools throughout Queensland.
The Public Trustee is the nominated Trustee for the foundation and is therefore responsible for the investment and granting of funds, in consultation with the Board of Advice and their recommendations.
Frequently asked questions
How can I donate?
- Your donation is invaluable to QATSIF as it can make a difference as to whether a young Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander student can afford to stay at school until Graduation in Year 12.QATSIF believes that, through our shared commitment - schools, families, communities, donors and administrators - we can encourage Queensland's future leaders to reach their full potential, not just academically but vocationally, culturally and as the cornerstone of an inclusive and supportive Queensland.
If you are an individual
You can make a contribution to continue to assist QATSIF in delivering the essential programs in either your Will, or in your lifetime.
In your lifetime
Donations can be made directly to QATSIF by sending a cheque or money order to the Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Foundation.
In your Will
You are able to nominate QATSIF as the beneficiary of your estate in your Will; this is commonly known as a bequest. Simply let your Wills Officer know this is your intention during your Will appointment and they will arrange this accordingly.
If you are a corporation
If your organisation would like to share in the commitment to increase knowledge of indigenous culture in Queensland, QATSIF is the solution. Corporate sponsorship and donations can be made directly to the foundation.
If you’re an individual or an organisation looking to make a financial contribution today, you can do so by contacting the Trust directly via email, or by calling 07 3257 1777.
Donations over $2 are tax deductable.
How do I find out more information on QATSIF?
- You can find out more about QATSIF by visiting their website.