Mike Roche and his wife Geraldine (Sally's granddaughter) established the Sally Foundation to leave a legacy for future generations both in their homeland, Australia, and abroad. They choose to invest in projects that help people in rural areas become self-reliant and resilient.
Mike and Geraldine both grew up on farms in Queensland, where they experienced the unpredictable nature of life on the land. As Geraldine notes "You have to survive on a farm, whether the crop is up or down. You have to have a long-term view. It’s part of our DNA." Sustainability is therefore one of the key factors Mike and Geraldine look for when selecting causes and projects to support.
"We don’t believe in the word donor, we see ourselves as investors, and we're always asking: is it a project that will help them to become self-sufficient?"
Sally Foundation divides its energies between helping youth in regional and rural communities in Australia, and disadvantaged communities in Zimbabwe. Mike is the prime motivator of the work in Zimbabwe, and Geraldine is the driving force of the Australian projects. Read more about their projects in Australia and Zimbabwe...
Mike has 40 year background in the finance industry and led many high profile mergers & acquisitions and created a number of new capital market instruments. His passion is to bring this creativity and focus to philanthropy and combine that with his love of Africa and its possibilities and a similar belief in regional Australia.
Geraldine has a deep background working with youth and a passionate believer in the power and opportunity afforded by education. She has a national focus on how best to foster youth opportunities in regional Australia and thereby reinvigorate local communities.
About Mike & Geraldine Roche
WHO IS SALLY?
When Mike and Geraldine Roche established their philanthropic fund in 2013, they chose the name Sally Foundation, in memory of Geraldine’s maternal grandmother, Sally, who sailed to Australia from England in the early 1900s. Sally hailed from a well-to-do family, but her new life in rural Queensland was one of significant struggle. It was her determination, gentle ways and propensity to always see the best in a situation that provided the inspiration for the foundation.
Email: mgmroche AT tpg.com.au
Geraldine: +61 414 873784 Mike: +61 418 406216
SALLY FOUNDATION SMALL GRANTS
Small grants for youth related programs in Orange
The Sally Foundation Small Grants (Orange) Program offers grants to youth related programs in the area. The grants are made by a committee which includes a majority of Orange based community leaders.
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