The Zarraffa’s Foundation was established in 2013 to amalgamate the ongoing charitable support of the Australian–owned and operated coffee chain with that of conservation foundation, Ecoforce, set up in 2009 by CEO Kenton Campbell.
The Zarraffa’s Foundation consolidates and formalises what the company has for many years coined its ‘backyard policy’; supporting causes affecting its own backyard across the community, conservation and coffee spectrums.
In recent years ‘our backyard’ has grown larger and trading partnerships have been formed with coffee-growing communities in other parts of the world.
Through the Zarraffa’s Foundation the donation of monies to aid some of our smallest humans or most endangered wildlife can be made to support the coffee growing fraternity worldwide.
Funds are raised by the Foundation primarily via direct donation from Zarraffa’s Coffee customers, through the network of almost 70 stores in Queensland, New South Wales and Western Australia, and from the patronage of the company’s main fundraising vehicle – the Zarraffa’s Coffee Caddy.
One hundred percent of the funds raised by the Zarraffa’s Foundation go towards assisting the work of registered charities that are helping some of our most disadvantaged citizens and endangered animals.
By supporting these established and reputable charitable groups, to brighten the future of our world’s inhabitants, the Zarraffa’s Foundation is able to give back in a meaningful and direct way.
Major Charity Partners
The Zarraffa’s Foundation works with many grassroots, community and charitable organisations of all sizes, across the breadth of our store territories and beyond. Here are some of our major partners:
- Griffith University Institute for Glycomics
- Act for Kids
- PA Foundation
- Project Booyah
- Bowling for Rhinos
Griffith University Institute for Glycomics
Zarraffa’s Coffee has donated $35,000 to Griffith University’s Institute for Glycomics to aid their work with the Malaria Vaccine Project.
This deadly disease impacts a number of our coffee growing regions around the world, and Zarraffa’s support of this ground-breaking research ensures we are doing our part in what we consider our global backyard. There are approximately 3.2 billion people living in malaria endemic countries worldwide and of the 500,000 sufferers who die each year, 80 per cent are young children who are not strong enough to fight off the killer parasite.
The Institute for Glycomics is the first to administer this sort of malaria vaccine to human volunteers and their pre-clinical work has shown that it has the potential to protect against multiple strains and species of the malaria parasite.
Visit the Griffith University website to learn more.
Act for kids
Act for Kids is an Australian charity working tirelessly to prevent and treat child abuse and neglect.
Established in 1988 (and formerly named the Abused Child Trust), Act for Kids has helped countless children to overcome their experiences through free intensive therapy, to help kids overcome their experiences of abuse and neglect, and support services for families at risk.
Zarraffa’s support has helped Act for Kids to expand into new regions ensuring they can reach out to more abused and neglected chlidren. In 2014, Act for Kids started delivering services in NSW, opening the first dedicated Child and Family Centre of Excellence in Townsville.
The partnership with Act for Kids supports this important work as they grow services nationally, to ensure all kids can have a safe and happy childhood, free from abuse and neglect.
Visit the ACT for Kids website
The first of its kind, Project Booyah is a police-initiated partnership to reintegrate ‘at risk’ youths into society and put them on the path to a better life.
The program is an initiative of the Coomera District Police (CPIU) in partnership with the Kokoda Challenge Association, Nerang Child Safety Service Centre, Nerang PCYC and Gold Coast Institute of TAFE targeting ‘at risk’ youth involved in criminal/anti-social behaviour, self-harm, substance abuse and disengagement from school.
Youth attend an innovative and structured 9 day wilderness adventure therapy based camp, followed by a three month interactive learning environment at the Nerang PCYC involving drug/alcohol awareness, skill set in tailored programs designed by the Gold Coast Institute of TAFE.
These programs cover a variety of areas including: hospitality/retail/tourism/construction/mining before being mentored by police/experts promoting good physical and mental health and now run on the Gold Coast, Brisbane, Cairns and Townsville.
The Zarraffa’s network of stores facilitates ongoing placement of graduates of program in Barista roles. In addition the Zarraffa’s Foundation has donated a vehicle to the program.
Visit website here.
The PA Research Foundation funds world class research into deadly and debilitating disease at the home of the discovery of the world’s first cancer vaccine.
The PA Campus is one of the most energetic research precincts in the nation. With the opening of the Translational Research Institute up to 1300 researchers call PA home.
Together, these researchers will investigate disease prevention, early detection, treatment and cures. The partnership with Zarraffa’s Foundation will see a $250,000 commitment in donations, with a portion of the funds to be set aside for worthy candidates who wish to undertake robotic surgery but can’t afford it.
While the remainder of the funds will be used on a meritorious basis for those seeking to undergo worthy research projects into head and neck cancer research.
Visit website here.
Bowling For Rhinos
The AAZK’s Bowling for Rhinos (BFR) provides zoo keepers of the world with an avenue to raise funds and awareness for rhino and habitat conservation.
AAZK realized that the zoo keepers of the world were extremely conservation oriented and wanted to help save rhinos and their habitats, yet did not have the financial resources themselves to make any significant impact. That’s when the idea came to start a national bowl-a-thon called Bowling For Rhinos.
In 1990, AAZK began by supporting the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy (formerly Ngare Sergoi Rhino Sanctuary) in Kenya and has since expanded the program.
The beauty of the idea is that these fundraisers are organised by volunteers, who donate their time and organisational skills to help raise money to send directly to the places in need. Since all the people involved are volunteers, 100% of all donations are sent directly to these in situ rhino conservation areas.
The Zarraffa’s Foundation is proud to support Bowling For Rhinos internationally and domestically as the major sponsor of the Australian chapter.
Visit website here.