Future Generation

Meet Future Generational Global’s new partners

We are incredibly excited to announce our new Future Generation Global (ASX: FGG) social impact partners, all of which work tirelessly to promote wellbeing and prevent mental ill-health in young people across Australia. These partners were selected following an extensive Expressions of Interest process, which attracted more than 175 applicants. We commend them on their exceptional work to date, and look forward to partnering with them to make a pivotal difference in the lives and mental health of young Australians.

Accelerating our funding into wellbeing and prevention

In mid-2020, the Future Generation Global board embarked on a review of our social investment strategy. Conscious of the growing demand for support from young people and calls for major reform of the mental health sector, we felt compelled to optimise the impact of our donations.

This new portfolio of impact partners is the culmination of an 18-month review into FGG’s social investment strategy. The review confirmed that despite a steady increase in government expenditure on mental healthcare services over the past three decades, the rates of mental ill-health, self-harm and suicide among young people continue to rise. Indeed, the latest National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing shows that an alarming 39.6% of 16-24 year-olds had a 12-month mental disorder in 2020, up from 26.4% cent in 2006.*

Put simply, the current focus on mental healthcare alone is not working. We need to start tackling the root causes behind the alarming increase in youth mental health conditions, distress and suicidal ideation.

Australia has a strong track record of reducing the financial burden and human cost of many other conditions – from skin cancer and heart disease to strokes and diabetes – by investing in prevention as well as improving treatments. However, prevention and wellbeing have been largely neglected in mental health policy. Combined, Australian governments spend only around 1% of their mental health budgets on prevention.

The Future Generation Global Board sees this is a great opportunity to create positive impact in youth mental health and late last year decided to direct our social investment into wellbeing and prevention. We are certain that by beginning to front-load more of our investment in mental health, similar advances can be made in the youth mental health space.

We look forward to working with our new partners – and you, our shareholders – to make this happen.

To find out more about the Future Generational Global Expression of Interest process here: https://futuregeninvest.com.au/eoi/fgg/

*Australian Bureau of Statistics, National Study of Mental Health and Wellbeing 2020-2021 https://www.abs.gov.au/statistics/health/mental-health/national-study-mental-health-and-wellbeing/2020-21#data-download

Read the coverage in the Sydney Morning Herald.

Donation Voting - A Glimpse At Our New Partners

Future Generation Global’s social impact partners

Why invest in prevention

Watch this short video to hear Future Generation CEO, Caroline Gurney and Social Impact Manager, Emily Fuller discuss why Future Generation Global is now accelerating funding to promote wellbeing and prevention of mental ill-health and wellbeing and how our new impact measurement framework will track our social impact.

Exchange Event

We were delighted to host an Exchange Event in July to hear from our new social impact partners. The Event consisted of four panels, during which our partners outlined their work in promoting wellbeing and preventing mental ill-health in young people. It also gave our partners the opportunity to get to know each other and exchange ideas about future collaboration. ​​​​

The event consisted of four panels:

  • Wellbeing and Prevention – why aren’t we there yet?
  • The compound effect – mental health and complex young lives.
  • Digital – what have we learnt and what’s next?
  • Activating communities – at the pace of trust.

Please enjoy a highlights video of the day.


Left to right: Sharyn White CEO Human Nature, Erin Faerhmann CEO Youth Opportunities, Caroline Gurney CEO Future Generation Global, Geoff Wilson Founder and Chair Future Generation Global, Bernie Shakeshaft Founder Director BackTrack Youth Works, Zoe Black Co-Founder CEO Happy Paws Happy Hearts Foundation.

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