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Pioneers in Philanthropy

The Pioneers in Philanthropy are a group of Australia’s most distinguished business leaders and philanthropists who have come together to support disadvantaged schools and the teachers who work in them.

Over five years, the Pioneers are directing more than $5 million through Schools Plus to transformative projects in schools and to support the Commonwealth Bank Teaching Awards.

Chaired by David Gonski AC, the Pioneers firmly believe that all students, regardless of their location or background, deserve access to the education opportunities that will allow them to fulfill their potential. They especially want to support teachers through professional development, leadership coaching and greater recognition of teaching excellence.

We firmly believe students from a disadvantaged background are no less talented or able than students whose circumstances have provided them with more opportunities. With the right support, these children are just as capable of achieving magnificent things.
David Gonski AC, Chair

Our Pioneers are:

  • David Gonski AC (Chair)
  • Orli Wargon OAM
  • John B Fairfax AO
  • Nick Fairfax
  • John Grill AO
  • Rosie Williams
  • Angus James
  • Sarah James
  • Roger Massy-Greene AM
  • Kerry Stokes AC
  • Christine Simpson Stokes
  • The Commonwealth Bank of Australia


Hear David Gonski AC talk about the Pioneers’ commitment to education in Australia.


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