About Us

Developing funds for growing Christian work

Our Mission

Genesis Foundation supports strategic projects that

  • will have a multiplier effect and
  • will be self-funding after a reasonable time.

Usually these are projects that grow within an existing Christian organisation. We review the development project plan, budgets and management requirements, then Genesis provides the necessary seed capital.

About Us


Background

Genesis Charitable Foundation was established in June 1998 as a public foundation with the principal objective to provide financial and other support to charitable organisations (approved by the Taxation Commissioner as DGR Item 2) which promote the message of Christianity and provide spiritual and material support to people in need including families and children who for any reason lack family support.

Gifts to Genesis Charitable Foundation are tax deductible – distributions from this foundation can only be to charitable organisations that have Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) Item 1 endorsement from the Australian Taxation Office.

Genesis Life Foundation was established in August 1998 with the principal objective to provide financial and other support to charitable organisations in Australia which promote the message of Christianity and provide spiritual and material support to people in need including families and children who for any reason lack family support.

Gifts to Genesis Life Foundation are not tax deductible – distributions from this foundation can only be to charitable organisations which have the Income Tax Exempt Charity and Tax Concesssional Charity (TCC) endorsement from the Australian Taxation Office.

Each Foundation has the company “Genesis Charitable Foundation” as trustee. The Board of the trustee is David Smith (Chairman), Trisha Smith, Peter Kaldor, Alan Rich and Scott Sanders.

The Genesis Foundations support over 150 projects, primarily in Australia.

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Values

Genesis seeks to support organisations that support the total person, not only their physical and psychological needs but also their spiritual needs as espoused in the Bible.

Christian based organisations are favoured because usually:

  • they deal with the whole person as well as the specific need
  • they tend to be more committed to their work
  • there is less chance of money going to the wrong places
  • there is a strong moral ethic in the management
  • the organisation has a long term vision.
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Who Gets Support

This page deals with the following topics. You can scroll down to read each one, print this page or click on the bullet heading to go directly to the relevant section:

  • What sort of work
  • New projects with the multiplier effect
  • Operating standards of the organisation
  • Age focus
  • Geographic focus
  • Other ministries supported by Genesis
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What Sort of Work

Having an active and supportive church strengthens a community. Within the church communities there are specific age based and interest based groups, such as youth work, business groups and caring for the needy (whether or not the person is within the church). The churches are supported by specialist ministries and agencies.

Genesis has supported church plants and growth strategies within exisiting churches.

Genesis supports the growth in specialist ministries and infrastructure, particularly where the group demonstrates its objective of enhancing the work of the local church. Examples of such ministries are

The funds are directed towards the establishment of strategic ongoing growth projects that are likely to become self funding after a reasonable time. Genesis rarely supports the regular funding of ongoing projects.

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New Projects with Multiplier Effect

Growth projects often have difficulty finding supporters who will take the “risk” before the initiative becomes financially viable in its own right.

In considering a project Genesis pays particular attention to the strategic implications and any multiplier affect that the new project may provide.

New projects are favoured over ongoing projects. However, the organisation has to demonstrate that the new project is likely to become self sufficient in a reasonable time. If the project is not directly income based (such as a fee for service), then the organisation needs to demonstrate that new donors will be found and managed on a professional basis (such as a detailed fund raising strategic plan).

Such new projects can bring new learnings to a sector, and we like to know how an organisation will share these findings with other similar organisations.

Many projects require funding over several years and Genesis typically provides a funding commitment of up to 3 years, which typically reduces as the new project sustainablity progressively grows.

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Operating standards of the organisation

The organisation should demonstrate a high level of professionalism in their standard of delivery. They should seek world class practice. They should have a long term vision and proven discipline in their operations.

We expect the organisation's constitution to have a clear statement of its purpose (mission) and how it will acheive it (operating standards). We prefer to see a clear statement of the Founders' call from the living God. Their purpose and faith base should be obvious to all.

We would expect the Board to take ownership of the vision and culture of the organisation. We expect the Board to comprise of christians who may be required to make a statement of faith under the organisations constitution. We look for structures that will minimise "mission drift".

The Board would approve the "business" plan (usually 3 years objectives with a detailed current year budget).

The CEO will be empowered by the Board to impliment the plan and be accountable to the Board.

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Age Focus

While Genesis supports growing Christian work across all age groups, in the recent times Genesis has mainly supported youth and family age groups.

Examples of youth ministries Genesis has supported are

  • School chaplains – Genesis has provided funding for the infrastructure of area chaplaincy managers
  • MAX7 – web based Sunday school material to assist churches with Kidsgames
  • NET – an evangelistic ministry to Catholic youth

Examples of family ministries Genesis has supported are;

  • Focus on the Family – which provides seminar material for all ages in the family
  • Christians Against Poverty – which assists families work their way out of financial difficulties, and the associated stress on the family relationships.
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Geographic Focus

Genesis supports Christian work mostly within Australia, but has supported certain strategic projects overseas.

Examples of overseas projects Genesis has supported are:

  • China – Micro enterprise development through Opportunity International
  • Africa – leadership development through George Whitfield Bible College and other projects through African Enterprise
  • Global – leadership development in Youth for Christ International and Christian Surfers International. infrastructure development with Mainly Music International.
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Other ministries supported by Genesis

Genesis has supported Prison Ministries in Australia such as:

  • Kairos - funding the growth into new prisons
  • PFA - assisting families of inmates and developing the national office
  • Alpha - developing the after prison care of inmates 

Genesis has supported Christian Media, an important infrastructure for Kingdom growth. Examples include:

  • Training/mentoring for smaller radio stations
  • Web based sharing of programmes and podcasting
  • assist CMA establish a social media support service
  • Development of world class contemporary TV and film production.

The development of Christian leaders has also been a theme for Genesis, such as:

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Directors

David R Smith. David regularly attends a Christian church, is a businessman and actuary. David has experience in starting and growing businesses and has an analytical approach to strategic planning. He was appointed Director in June 1998 when the Foundation was formed.

Patricia C Smith. Patricia regularly attends a Christian church and has supported David in their family businesses. Patricia was appointed Director in June 1998 when the Foundation was formed.
  
Peter Kaldor. Peter regularly attends a Christian church, is a businessman and has studied at Bible College. Peter has experience as a former merchant banker and growing Christian organizations. He was appointed Director in 2004.
 
Alan Rich. Alan is a regular attendee at a Christian church, and is a businessman, lawyer, business strategist and mentor.  Alan has worked with new and growing businesses throughout his career and in many industries. He has advised and mentored a number of Christian NFPs on their strategy and growth.  He was appointed a Director in 2015.
 
Scott Sanders. Scott regularly attends a Christian church, works with church leaders throughout Australia to establish and grow new churches. Scott has experience as a former tax lawyer, school chaplain and growing Christian organizations. He was appointed in 2015.
 
The Director’s statement of faith is:
 
“I believe in:
  • The unity of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit in the Godhead.
  • The sovereignty of God in creation, revelation, redemption and final judgment.
  • The divine inspiration and infallibility of Holy Scripture, as originally given, and its supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct.
  • The universal sinfulness and guilt of human nature since the Fall, rendering man subject to God's wrath and condemnation.
  • Redemption from guilt, penalty and the power of sin only through the sacrificial death, as our representative and substitute, of Jesus Christ, the incarnate Son of God.
  • The bodily resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead who is now the Lord and Judge of all creation.
  • The necessity of the work of the Holy Spirit to make the death of Christ effective in the individual sinner, granting him repentance toward God and faith in Jesus Christ.
  • The indwelling and work of the Holy Spirit in the believer.
  • The one universal Church, which is the body of Christ, and to which all true believers belong.
  • The expectation of the personal return of the Lord Jesus Christ.”
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