Greater Building Society offers another reason to think small

Six charities will be sharing in more than $1.1 million in new funding to help improve the life outcomes of families and communities across NSW thanks to Greater Building Society's Charitable Foundation.

Not only is Greater one of Australia's most competitive financial institutions but as a mutual, members have the benefit of knowing their profits are put towards supporting the local community through sponsorships and charity, rather than giving it to shareholders.

A big difference that only comes from being prepared to look beyond the big four banks.

The three new charity partners to benefit from Greater Charitable Foundation are to include Camp Quality, Youth Off The Streets and YWCA NSW are being funded for projects in the NSW Hunter and Northern Rivers regions.

Existing partners, Autism Spectrum Australia, Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI) and Cerebral Palsy Alliance have received funding to deliver new and expanded programs that will benefit young people and families in the Hunter and on the Central Coast.

The Foundation is already funding three other partners: the Starlight Children's Foundation (Captain Starlight visits to regional hospitals in NSW and Gold Coast as well as Wishgranting programs); the Hunter Institute of Mental Health (pilot of new resources and interventions for children with chronic illness and their families); and the KidzWish Foundation (Australian first mobile speech therapy service in the Illawarra).

Greater Charitable Foundation chairman John Kilpatrick said more than 160 applications were received covering a diverse range of projects.

"The Board was impressed with the quality and depth of applications and is delighted to be welcoming new charity partners to the Foundation family," Mr Kilpatrick said.

The Greater Charitable Foundation is funded from the profits from the Greater Building Society on behalf of its customers and staff. Foundation CEO Anne Long said today's funding announcement takes the total amount allocated since the Foundation was established in 2011 to more than $4 million.

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