In November 2015, the Australian Rainforest Foundation undertook a strategic review of its operations with the intention of increasing its positive impact on the rainforest conservation cause. Like most small non-profit organisations, the Australian Rainforest Foundation has limited resources and this restricts its ability to deliver outcomes. The board of directors considered collaboration with likeminded organisations was the best available opportunity to overcome this challenge.
A dialogue with Rainforest Trust, an international non-profit based in the US commenced and in February 2016 at a meeting in the Daintree Rainforest the Australian Rainforest Foundation and Rainforest Trust agreed to collaborate to increase the outcomes for rainforest conservation. While the two organisations will remain separate entities high level collaboration will now occur involving:
- Support for the Australian Rainforest Foundation in the development of systems to provide effective administration and cost effective fundraising
- Co-funding of rainforest conservation projects to increase outcomes
- Implementing higher levels of governance for the Australian Rainforest Foundation including improving financial management and policies necessary to support a growing organisation
The Australian Rainforest Foundation is an Australian Company Limited by Guarantee managed by a board of directors. For Australians, all donations over $2 are tax-deductible. They are deposited into the Australian Rainforest Fund, which is overseen by the Australian Rainforest Fund Management Committee. The members of the Management Committee are Mr Tony Gellert, Dr Paul Salaman and Kelvin Davies.
Through this collaboration the Australian Rainforest Foundation has begun to grow and is expanding its conservation programs. This has included buying multiple properties in the Daintree Rainforest, re-establishing a rainforest plant nursery also in the Daintree Rainforest and supporting the restoration of the Big Scrub Rainforest in NSW.
Through collaboration a brighter future for rainforest conservation is being achieved.
The George Mansford Reserve Rainforest Rehabilitation Project
The centrepiece of the ARF’s efforts in the Daintree is 80 hectares of land at Cape Tribulation - The George Mansford Reserve - named after Brigadier George Mansford (retired), founding chairman of the Australian Rainforest Foundation... keep reading
Forest Guardians - Conservation and Land Management Training Academy
The Forest Guardians Academy was established in 2013 to fulfil ARF’s charter of conservation education. The Academy teaches modules linked the Certificate II and III in Conservation and Land Management through the Australian Agricultural College Corporation... keep reading