AMP announces 2018 Tomorrow Fund grant recipients

The AMP Foundation's annual $1 million grants program has recognised 43 amazing Aussies doing extraordinary things.

For the fifth year in a row, the AMP Foundation has awarded a number of amazing Australians a share in a $1 million grant through its annual Tomorrow Fund program.

Forty-three extraordinary individuals will be using their grants to help make a positive impact on the Australian community – whether by working on a special project or inspiring others.

Once again, this year’s winners are making a difference in a wide range of fields — from science, social innovation and education, to the environment, technology, theatre, music and medical research — with all wanting to take their project to the next level.

Our 2018 Tomorrow Makers

Many of this year’s Tomorrow Makers were driven by their personal experiences and family stories. Some of them include:

Robyn Leonard

After losing her daughter to brain cancer, Robyn (pictured above) has been on a mission to help researchers find a cure. Robyn founded Brain Cancer Biobanking Australia (BCBA), which brings together experts in neurosurgery, oncology, pathology, law, ethics and scientific research. Operating from the University of Sydney, BCBA has developed an online hub and register that enables scientists to find and easily access tissue and gather data to power pioneering research.

Hunter Johnson

Hunter co-founded The Man Cave, a non-profit group that runs emotional intelligence programs for boys and young men. Delivered through schools and sports clubs, it aims to create a safe space where young men can openly talk about challenges such as bullying, school pressure, relationships, puberty and family setbacks. Hunter will use his grant to train more facilitators and help equip young men with all-important social and emotional skills.

Monique Mastrobattista

This 15-year-old has turned adversity into advocacy. She draws on her cyberbullying experiences to spread her anti-bullying message through books, social media posts and school presentations. Monique not only aims to provide a voice for those who are bullied, but also advocates kindness and compassion for those who have bullied others.

Mike Tozer

Inspired by his sister’s struggle to find stable employment, this IT leader established a recruitment agency to place people with autism in technology jobs. Mike is developing an app that will post jobs in autism-friendly ways – using simple English and diagrams. It will also feature assessment activities to help candidates identify their strengths. Through this app, Mike aims to place 1,000 Australians with autism in jobs over three years.

Fatma Elzein

This paediatric nurse and mother of four set up a giving circle as a way to overcome grief. Mummies Paying It Forward quickly grew, with mothers from across Sydney donating good-quality baby clothes, toys, toiletries and nappies to parents in need of a helping hand. The non-profit group now includes 20,000 volunteers who collect and distribute goods to people in need across the state. 

More on this year’s winners

The calibre of AMP Tomorrow Makers was again very strong this year, which demonstrates that there are plenty of innovative, talented and compassionate Australians trying to make a difference. To date, 230 Australians have received AMP Tomorrow Fund grants ranging from $5,000 to $100,000.

As in previous years, recipients were reviewed by AMP judges and external subject matter specialists, with the final 43 winners selected by an expert panel.

For the full list of our 2018 AMP Tomorrow Makers, plus videos and profiles, visit the AMP Tomorrow Fund website. You can also stay up to date with all the news on the AMP Facebook page or via Twitter.

Are you a Tomorrow Maker?

AMP’s Tomorrow Fund will seek more amazing Australians in 2019. Anyone who thinks they have what it takes to be a Tomorrow Maker can visit the AMP Tomorrow Fund website for more information.

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