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As a non-profit, the American Australian Association is committed to supporting our own Dame Joan Sutherland Fund, as well as a number of external charities. 

The success of this fundraising is only made possible through the support of members and friends of the Association and the wider Australian American community.

Dame Joan Sutherland Fund
The Dame Joan Sutherland Fund provides small grants to Australians and Americans who show great talent in the fields of theater, dance, film & television music, literary arts, visual arts, crafts and design.  The American Australian Association established the Dame Joan Sutherland Fund in 1998 for Australian aspiring artists. It was launched at the release of Dame Joan's book in New York A Prima Donna's Progress.

The Dame Joan Sutherland Fund is supported in large part through the generous donation of Qantas Airways round trip tickets to Australia, which feature as the Grand Prize in several raffles held throughout the year in New York, Los Angeles and Boston.  The raffles are further supported by the generous donations from other local Australian and American businesses in these regions.

Mates4Mates Anzac Centenary Fundraiser
With the help of a number of committed volunteers, the Association sold commemorative poppies at ANZAC events held in New York and Los Angeles, to raise over $3,500 for the Australian charity Mates4Mates. Mates4Mates is a not-for-profit which supports current and ex-serving Australian Defence Force (ADF) members who have suffered physical or psychological wounds, injuries or illnesses as a result of their service, either in Australia or overseas. 
Emergency Aid Relief

The Association established the Queensland Premier’s Flood Relief Appeal in January 2011 which raised over USD $500,000 to assist those devastated by the twin flood and cyclone disaster, as well as the Victorian Bushfire Relief Fund which raised over USD 140,000 in February 2009 following the wild bushfires which swept across Victoria.

The Association has responded to devastating terrorist attacks and natural disasters through contributions to the September 11 World Trade Center Schools Fund and to specific individuals in need through the Association’s September 11 Fund.

The Bali Fund was established in the wake of the October 2002 terrorist bombings in Bali, Indonesia, and in 2005 the Association established a fund to assist the victims of the Tsunami in SouthEast Asia which occurred on 26 December 2004.

other Charitable support

The Association has also assisted fundraising initiatives for Australian cultural institutions to bring tours and productions to the United States, for example the 2012 Australian Ballet 50th Anniversary Season at the Lincoln Center; The Belvoir Theatre’s 2011 Book of Everything Tour to New York’ and 2013 Peter Pan Tour.


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