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The Foundation

The Great Barrier Reef Foundation exists to ensure a Great Barrier Reef for future generations. We seek out the solutions and innovations that will also benefit coral reefs globally as they tackle the same threats and challenges facing the world's largest Reef.

In the Community

Five facts about us

$90m raised

Our Reef is the world’s largest with an extraordinary diversity of marine life. It is under serious threat. We are the lead fundraisers for the GBR & over 18 years have raised over $90m for Reef projects. 64% is from corporate and private philanthropy.

Role for all

Everyone has a role to play in protecting the Reef. We bring together Australia’s leading scientists (from CSIRO, AIMS, GBRMPA, unis and research institutions), with business (inc. leaders of Australia’s largest companies), philanthropy and government.

No. 1 threat

Climate change is the greatest threat to the Reef. That’s why in 2010 we launched the world’s first integrated project portfolio to tackle climate change and coral reefs.

Scientific oversight

Project selection & oversight is done by the International Scientific Advisory Committee - leaders of research & management on the Reef, inc. GBRMPA, AIMS, UQ, JCU, CSIRO. Chairman’s Panel & corporate partners have no role in selecting projects.

80c in $1 to the Reef

We strive to keep our administration and fundraising costs low – 80 cents in every dollar goes to Reef projects.

The Great Barrier Reef Foundation acknowledges both the Turrbul people and the Yugara (Jagera) people and their Elders, past, present and emerging, as the custodians for the land and waters upon which the Brisbane office stands. The Great Barrier Reef Foundation also extends its deepest respect and recognition to all of the Traditional Owners of the Great Barrier Reef as First Nations Peoples holding the hopes, dreams, traditions and cultures of the Reef.