The Honda Foundation is funded by contributions from Honda Australia, private donors and more than 100 dealerships across the country. For every new Honda vehicle sold in Australia, the dealership donates $5 and Honda Australia donates $10 taking the total to $15. More than $10 million has so far been donated to hundreds of very worthy causes, including empowering disadvantaged Australians, providing relief for victims of natural disasters and supporting the development of new technologies and research to fight disease.
The Honda Foundation acts as a charitable trust, providing financial assistance to charities and organisations doing amazing work across a range of social and environmental issues. These include:
We understand the power of mobility. So, The Honda Foundation also provides a 12-month Loan Vehicle Program which includes registration, insurance and all servicing costs, and is capped at 20 loan vehicles at any one time.
In 1977, Honda founder Soichiro Honda made a commitment to a better world, where science and technology create harmony between people and planet. In 1992, Honda Australia launched The Honda Foundation, with the goal of making a difference in the lives of people through giving back to the community that supports them. Since launching, the Foundation has supported a diverse range of charities, both big and small, to continue the valuable work they do in making a difference. Grants have ranged from $500 to purchase bike helmets for children with disabilities to $700,000 for The Fred Hollows Foundation to continue their incredible work in preventing and curing avoidable blindness
The Honda Foundation aims to inspire goodwill by donating much needed funds to worthy causes nationwide. We know we have the power to create meaningful change and see it as our responsibility to do so. The Honda Foundation embraces that responsibility by giving back to the community and supporting those charities who work tirelessly to implement change in the lives of Australians.
The Honda Foundation is run by a board of five trustees and an administrator. The five trustees include two representatives from Honda Australia – Mr. Stephen Collins and Ms Carolyn McMahon, two representing the Honda dealer network – Mr. Tony Jowett and Ms Leisa Stallard, and lawyer Mr. Daniel Preston who represents the community. Our Trustees donate their time to the Foundation, meeting twice a year to discuss applications for funding
Stephen is a Director of Honda Australia Pty Ltd, member of the Board of Directors and the Chairman of The Honda Foundation. He has over 20 years experience in the Automotive industry and has worked in many areas including Sales, Marketing, Product Planning, Regional Operations and Aftersales. In 2012, Stephen was appointed Chairman of The Honda Foundation.
Carolyn is a Director and the Company Secretary at Honda Australia. With a career at Honda spanning more than 20 years, she brings particular expertise in the areas of Human Resources and Business Services. Throughout her time with the company she has also overseen Sales, Marketing and Product Planning functions. She was appointed to the Board of Trustees in April 2017.
Tony was appointed as a Trustee of the Board in 2009. He was the National Dealer Development Manager at Honda Australia from 1989-1998 before being appointed the Dealer Principal of Eastern Honda and Yarra Honda. His role on the Board is to act as a dealer representative.
Leisa was appointed as a Trustee of the Board in 2016. Her experience with Honda began in 1993 and two years later, in 1995, she became the Dealer Principal of Blue Ribbon Honda. From this time she has held roles on both State and national dealer councils and advertising committees. As a Trustee, she acts as one of the national dealer representatives.
Daniel was appointed a Trustee of The Honda Foundation in March 2017. He is a commercial lawyer and has previously advised Honda Australia on a range of commercial and strategic matters over the past 15 years. With more than 20 years’ legal experience, his role in the Foundation is to be an independent 'responsible person', with a duty to the community.