Lighthouse Investment Services believes that our success as a business is measured in much more than dollars and cents.
We believe that an important part of our responsibility as a business operating in the community is our preparedness to contribute to the community. In line with this belief it is our policy to donate 5% of our gross revenue to groups that promote worthwhile social or environmental causes.
We prefer to focus on groups that operate at a "grass-roots" level, that are doing work that we think is important and that can make a real and sustained difference to the communities they are involved in.
Some groups that we have supported to date are:
Catherine Freeman Foundation
The Catherine Freeman Foundation works with community organisations, businesses, schools and other philanthropists to provide opportunities and environments which encourage disadvantaged individuals and communities to achieve positive change. The foundation's inaugural projects focus on educational opportunities on Palm Island, including a grass-roots non-truancy project, a literacy project and scholarships for indigenous girls.
Fred Hollows Foundation
The Fred Hollows Foundation is inspired by work of the late Professor Fred Hollows, whose vision was for a world where no one was needlessly blind. The Foundation carries out valuable work in remote Australian communities as well as in the Pacific, Asia and Africa.
KOTO (Know One Teach One) is a not-for-profit restaurant and vocational training program that is changing the lives of street and disadvantaged youth in Vietnam. KOTO provides a two year intensive training course in hospitality and has so far helped over 200 young people towards a brighter future.
Opportunity International Australia
At the age of 52 the late Al Whittaker, former president of Bristol Myers International Corporation, resigned, sold his country home, and moved into a cramped office in South America to establish the Institute for International Development Incorporated (IIDI). In 1976 Australian entrepreneur David Bussau took his family to Bali to help rebuild earthquake devastated areas but he felt that traditional development solutions still left families trapped in poverty. David's solution was to offer business loans – a hand up rather than a hand out - and he established Maranatha Trust to help the poor help themselves. From those early and separate foundations David Bussau and Al Whittaker joined forces in 1979 to form the organisation that is now Opportunity International. Opportunity has grown into a global network providing a sustainable solution to poverty through microfinance. Opportunity International Australia serves over 1.3 million active clients in Indonesia, India and the Philippines.
Vietnam Veterans Mine Clearing Team - Cambodia
VVMCT - Cambodia
Tony ‘Bomber’ Bower-Miles and Roy Chamberlain, two Vietnam veterans deeply affected by their experiences in that war, are making peace with their past by helping to deactivate landmines in one of the most heavily mined countries on earth with former boy soldier and local mine clearer, Aki Ra.