Sir David Martin Foundation is a non-profit organisation created in 1990 by the late Governor of NSW, Sir David Martin, who had a dream of "safety, hope and opportunity for all young Australians".
Sir David Martin Foundation is a charity dedicated to helping young people in crisis. We fund programs to support young people suffering from problems such as substance addiction, homelessness, mental illness, disengagement from society, abuse, unemployment and family breakdown. These programs provide treatment and support for these issues, as well as assist young people in returning to education and training to find pathways to employment and a healthy, productive life.
Our Goal is to fund effective programs that help young people in crisis regain their health, get off the streets and achieve their goals.
Our Vision is to create an environment where young people can grow up in safety, with hope and opportunity.
Sir David Martin Foundation currently supports the following three Mission Australia programs:
An award-winning residential rehabilitation facility in Robertson, NSW, that provides 16-24 year olds with treatment and support for drug and alcohol addiction and mental illness.
A TAFE Outreach-accredited art and music program that supports young people aged 16-25 to overcome varied challenges while engaging in creativity and self-expression.
An early intervention program that aims to prevent young people across south west Sydney from leaving school early and entering the 'no home, no job' cycle or engaging in criminal behaviour.
The Foundation also helps support young people pursuing further education or entering the workforce through the Sir David Martin Foundation Scholarship Fund.
Sir David Martin Foundation is run by a small team of passionate staff and volunteers who raise money to support particular Mission Australia programs that deliver high levels of care and encouragement, allowing homeless and troubled young people to regain their health, develop a new sense of self-belief and turn their lives around.
Our Core Values
We strive to be:
Respectful | We strive to be respectful to both our supporters and clients and always treat them with dignity. We value compassion, customer service and meeting the needs of people on an individual basis.
Committed | We are committed and dedicated to the work we do. We remain devoted to our cause, no matter what challenges present. Our commitment mirrors the ceaseless effort of front line staff.
Effective | We focus on being efficient as a fundraising organisation and funding effective programs that change lives. Our constantly measured programs have proven outcomes and follow best practice. We strive to operate in a sustainable manner.
Honest | We seek to be honest at all times. We aim to act with integrity and to live out our values. We make every effort to be transparent and accountable in our dealings and recognise and appreciate the trust that donors place in us.