CEO at Balnaves Foundation,, Australia
Hamish Balnaves believes medicine, the arts and education are the three basic pillars for bettering society. As CEO ofThe Balnaves Foundation, he is continuing the work of his father and Foundation Founder Neil Balnaves AO to create a better Australia through investment in these three pillars, with a focus on young people, the disadvantaged and Indigenous Australia.
With a corpus of $60 million, the Foundation distributes around $3 million a year. Grant recipients include cultural institutions such as the Bangarra Dance Theatre and the National Gallery of Australia, medical institutes such as St Vincent’s Hospital and the Garvan Institute of Medical Research, and innovative programs such as the unWired mentalhealth project and Sydney Story Factory.
The Foundation’s commitment to Indigenous Australia is demonstrated through scholarships for Indigenous medical students, support for in-depth Indigenous affairs reporting at Guardian Australia, a 5-year project to address Indigenous hearing issues, Indigenous theatre at Belvoir, and support for Bangarra Dance Theatre’s Community Nights.