newDemocracy Funding

The newDemocracy Foundation is happy to disclose all our contributors, listed here.

The newDemocracy Foundation is happy to disclose all our contributors, listed here.

Our activities are overseen by the Foundation’s Research Committee.

The Foundation is often commissioned to assist governments and others on public engagement projects. We are fortunate and grateful to our clients for this revenue producing work. The projects are budgeted on a cost recovery basis (including research costs, which vary from project to project).

In recent years, there has been an operating shortfall, which is underwritten by an annual contribution (from The Anita and Luca Belgiorno-Nettis Family Foundation) ranging from $70,000 to $150,000.

We would like to thank all our donor contributors for their support as we explore the merits of potential innovations to our democracy.

Donations can be made by completing the Donation FormDonations over $2 are tax deductible, and you will receive a receipt within 2 weeks. For any questions please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

All on-line donations, as from the 1st July 2016, will be allocated to the Donate to Democracy, Citizens’ Convention project.



Contributions over $100,000

Annual contributions from Anita and Luca Belgiorno-Nettis Foundation ranging from $70,000 to $150,000.


Contributions from $20,000 to $50,000


Australian Unity, a 175 year old independent mutual, supports New Democracy’s aims to better improve Australia’s democratic process. The approach resonates with our historical connection with the development of Federation, and with our focus on helping people thrive.


Google Australia supports a research project aiming to find greener, cheaper and more democratic electoral processes. The contribution comprises cash, technical assistance and pro bono use of the AdWords program.


The Russell Mills Foundation gives financial gifts to charitable organisations to promote the arts and the principle of ‘a fair go for all’ in Australian society.

    The Susan McKinnon Foundation
    EY Foundation
    Percy Allan

Contributions from $1,000 to $10,000



In March 2017, nDF collaborated with Pollinate, an independently owned and run research agency on a quantitative study looking at trust in the Australian democratic structures and system; how everyday Australians want those structures and systems to work better; and what role they see for themselves in achieving that. The research was conducted on a pro-bono basis (valued at $5,000) by Pollinate and was widely shared by nDF and Pollinate through a range of events and presentations. You can read the research report here; and watch some highlights of an event showcasing the findings here.


Adam Simpson, Managing Director, Simpsons

Simpsons has built a strong reputation as one of Australia’s most highly regarded intellectual property and entertainment legal practices.


Karl Morris, Chairman of Ord Minnett Ltd

Ord Minnett is one of Australia's leading financial advisory firms, catering to corporate, institutional and private clients, with a reputation for being the direct investment specialists.


Bang the Table

Bang the Table is proud to support New Democracy because of our common goal to give people a voice.


Pitcher Partners Accountants & Advisors

With thanks to Pitcher Partners NSW who are long-standing members of their local business communities and specialise in providing highly personalised, expert and commercially astute assurance, accounting, tax and advisory services to their clients.


Michael Daniel, Founder and Principal of Resolve Litigation Lawyers

Resolve Litigation Lawyers is a leading Australian boutique law firm offering large-firm expertise and an outstanding record of success to both corporate and private clients. Resolve Litigation Lawyers is proud to be a supporter of the work of the newDemocracy Foundation and support its endeavours to creating a better system of politics in Australia.


County Securities 


Virginia Pursell


Joseph O'Brien


Suzanne and Michael Daniel

Contributions Under $1,000

  • Scott Salter, NSW
  • P Steindl
  • Annalie Kiilian
  • John Atkin
  • Ronald Evans
  • Michelle Nagy, NSW
  • Adrian Den Dekke, NSW
  • Anna Waldmann, NSW
  • Bill Burke, QLD
  • Peter & Christine Brown
  • Tim Hobson, VIC