Our Funds

The Apex Foundation provides help for those in need through the construction of short-term respite accommodation and care facilities, and by raising funds.


We’re dedicated to providing support for Australia’s future: its children and families in need.

Our mission is to help children who have special needs, who are sick, or who are otherwise disadvantaged. We do it by managing and donating the money raised by various trusts established as a result of the amazing national fundraising schemes conducted by Apex Australia. We continue to raise funds today and to grow our membership base.

One of our principal founding ideas is that the success of any project depends upon community support at every level. We’ve never relied upon government funding for the success or continuation of any of our projects, and the money we raise stays within Australia to help its most in-need citizens. We’re Australian-founded and owned, and we want to keep it that way.

Your donation to the Apex Foundation could help us make a difference for children with cancer

Your donation to the Apex Foundation could help us make a difference for people with melanoma


Melanoma is Australia’s national cancer. As the third most common form of cancer amongst Australian adults, and with the highest incidence of diagnoses in the world, it is our nation’s biggest killer.

The Apex Foundation has been funding melanoma research since 1989, when Apex Australia raised over $600,000 in a National Service Scheme. We are a major benefactor of the Melanoma Institute of Australia (MIA), having donated over $1 million to the institute since its inception, so that research for better detection and treatment of the deadly disease can continue.


Diabetes is the fastest growing chronic condition in Australia — even faster than heart disease and cancer.

From 1984 to 1985, Apex Australia raised funds for diabetes research and education through a National Service Scheme, which were managed in a trust. Our support for this cause continues — every year, we provide research grants to various research projects taken up by Diabetes Australia.

Your donation to the Apex Foundation could help us make a difference for people with diabetes

Your donation to the Apex Foundation could help us make a difference for children with craniofacial deformities


Around 1 in 34 children are born with a craniofacial deformity in Australia each year, with many requiring complex corrective surgery.

Our donations help with research into the development of advanced surgical techniques so that adults and children everywhere can have access to these life-changing procedures.

The Apex Foundation’s history of supporting those with major facial deformities and injuries goes back to the National Apex Service Scheme of 1983/84, which saw $800,000 raised for the cause (worth nearly $3 million today). These funds went towards the establishment of the Australian Cranio Maxillo Facial Foundation (ACMFF), of which the Apex Foundation continues to be a major benefactor.


We are proud to be a champion of high quality research into autism in Australia, and to provide support for young people on the spectrum and their carers.

We’ve donated over $500,000 since 1969 towards research into autism, along with educational resources for individual schools like tablets and computers. We’ve even purchased a van for Aspect Schools to assist their students with accessing vital community and employment opportunities. More recently, we assisted one high school with the purchase of tools and a lawn mowing trailer, so that its students could pursue future employment opportunities.

Your donation to the Apex Foundation could help us make a difference for young people on the spectrum and their carers

Your donation to the Apex Foundation could help us make a difference for young artists

Fine Arts

The Apex Foundation sponsors young Australians who are participating in the Hans Gabor Belvedere International Singing Competition.

— an unbelievable opportunity for aspiring young singers to perform for the world’s leading opera managers, directors, and agents.

We also sponsor the Robert Stolz Music Scholarship, which acknowledges the work of the globally renowned Austrian composer and conductor Robert Stolz. This scholarship gives one young artist the opportunity to attend one of the world’s premier musical establishments: the Vienna Conservatorium of Music. We especially thank Apexian Jim Buhringer, who recognised the need to support musicians in an area so financially challenging for young Australians.

Mental Health

Australia is facing a paediatric mental health emergency, particularly when it comes to issues of negative body image amongst children and teenagers.

But imagine what 1 million kids could achieve in a life free of judgement and shame about their bodies!

Tackling Australia’s mental health issue is a relatively new cause for the Apex Foundation, but it’s one we’re committed to, through our support of the Embrace Collective, an organisation dedicated to ending the body-hating epidemic lead in part by 2023 Australian of the Year Taryn Brumfitt.

In 2023, the Apex Foundation made a $5000 grant to the Embrace Collective, to help them create supportive environments for young people that promote body love and decrease the risk of eating disorders, depression, and anxiety.

Your donation to the Apex Foundation could help us make a difference for kids and teens suffering from negative body image

Your donation to the Apex Foundation could help us make a difference for local communities in need

Local Apex projects

Grand projects and gestures are fantastic, but real change often comes from the ground up when you help those who fall through the cracks.

That’s why you’ll find the Apex Foundation dedicating much of its efforts and funding towards community projects. It’s a huge part of our history, and one we’re immensely proud of.

Whether we’re sending high school students to attend a youth mental health forum in Western Australia or collecting donations of dog food for the working dogs on farms in Eununda affected by bushfire, there’s no cause too small for the Apex Foundation to care about.

Civilian Widows Family care trust

The 1950s saw the rise of a new movement in Western Australia to champion the status, welfare, and living conditions of underprivileged women and disadvantaged youth.

Collectively coming to be known as the Association of Civilian Widows of Australia, this movement soon saw the support of numerous Apex Clubs from around Australia, who were keen to raise its profile and grow its member base across the country.

Over the years, the CWA has progressed from a small organisation to one that’s achieved lasting change, thanks in large part to contributions from the Apex Foundation’s various trusts. Over $775,000 has been provided to date in grants from the Apex Foundation to empower women and young people in need — a legacy we’re extremely proud of.

Your donation to the Apex Foundation could help us make a difference for disadvantaged women and young people across Australia



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