About us

Our history

Up until 15 years ago, Australia didn’t have tax efficient philanthropic structures comparable with those in the USA and UK.  The introduction of private ancillary funds (originally called Prescribed Private Funds, or PPFs) in 2001 provided people with the ability to tax effectively donate to a trust of their own, and then disburse funds to a range of eligible charities.

The idea behind Australian Philanthropic Services (APS) began in 2009 when Chris Cuffe AO commissioned a research project to look at why more wealthy Australians weren’t engaged in structured philanthropy.  He found the experience with his family’s PAF, the Christopher Cuffe Foundation, very rewarding, but was frustrated by the low awareness, lack of expertise and poor quality service that was available at the time.   The research showed that there were many barriers preventing people participating in structured philanthropy.

Chris decided to take steps to inspire and support more individuals and families to use private ancillary funds to manage their giving.  In September 2010, what is now known as Australian Philanthropic Services, was born, after originally operating as a division of Social Ventures Australia.   In its short history to date, APS has grown very quickly, proving the need for its services.  It is now leading independent philanthropic services organisation in Australia.

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Our structure

Australian Philanthropic Services Limited (ACN 155 905 829) was registered under the Corporations Act 2001 as a public company limited by guarantee on 24 February 2012. APS is a not-for-profit company that has been endorsed by the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) as a Tax Concession Charity.

APS has partnered with a professional administration group, PortfolioGuardian, to streamline the administration and reporting of the structured giving vehicles we administer and to provide state-of-the-art online access for clients. The result is that we are able to administer many private ancillary funds and public ancillary funds using a very efficient and low-cost model.