Community First Development

We are First Nations Community Development and Research Organization


Issue AreaArts & Culture

Tax benefit eligibilityUS

Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn Share on Twitter Share to Instagram

Our Mission

Undertaking social and economic development, and research projects that create positive change in and with First Nations communities. Communities have control over projects so outcomes are sustainable and transformative. We provide tailored support through skilled staff and trained volunteers.

The Need

Representing 3.3% of the Australian population, Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people experience disproportionately higher incarceration rates, long-term health conditions, inequalities in costs and access to services, as well as lower median income & literacy rates than white Australians.

The Solution

To utilize a development framework focussed on listening and learning to the needs of the community before providing culturally strong solutions that engage, empower, deliver opportunities for communities to create an equitable future. All projects are evaluated to ensure the best outcomes.

Our Impact

An independent study found that for every $1 donated, Community First Development generated $3.73 in health, social, and economic benefits to Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander communities. Since 2000, the staff and 3,000 plus volunteers have undertaken more than 5000 community development projects

Community First Development is an Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander led community development and research organization.

The culture of Australia’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people dates back more than 60,000 years – making it the oldest in the world. Yet Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities today continue to face long-standing challenges stemming from entrenched racism, prejudice, classism, and marginalization.

At Community First Development, we recognize that First Nations peoples’ resilience, innovation, and capabilities are often born out of the distinct and profound challenges that face their communities. We respect the unique languages, traditional practices, and values of all First Nations communities, celebrating and valorizing their contributions to Australia and the world. Working together and through community self-determination, we aim to replace disadvantage with opportunity.

Through our framework of understanding, built up over two decades of experience, we provide First Nations community partners with the tools and support needed to achieve their self-directed, long-term goals. Self-determination lies at the heart of our approach. First Nations communities invite us to collaborate on projects that they design, manage, and implement. The projects we support are diverse and focus on delivering new skills, better health, and education, protecting our natural environment, cultural preservation, and safer communities.

One of our communities, the Firesticks Alliance, was committed to sharing cultural fire knowledge that contributes to the land and all its people. Over tens of thousands of centuries, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples had developed a sophisticated understanding of how to care for Country. They managed the risks of Australia’s dangerous bushfires through controlled burning that use the right fire for the right ecosystem at the right time – the ‘Good Fire’. The Firesticks Alliance hoped to restore cultural burning practices that were all but lost as Traditional Caretakers of the land were removed. Our team and skilled volunteers worked with the community and supported them in hosting knowledge-sharing workshops. Together, we prepared a Strategic Development Plan towards a national cultural fire and land management program. Aboriginal ranger groups, fire services staff, academics and people in the natural resource management sector are eager to learn from Traditional Custodians about cultural responsibility and reading Country, animals, trees, and seasons to better manage the natural environment.

We invite you to view the video and join us to lift and celebrate our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities and First Nations peoples in Australia and around the world. You can help decrease our waitlist for collaboration and meet our services’ growing demands to create transformative change for generations to come.

About this Organization

Issue AreaArts & Culture

About Give2Asia

Give2Asia is a trusted partner for international philanthropy and the leader in donor-advised giving to the Asia-Pacific. Our mission is to strengthen communities in Asia by making cross-border giving easier and more effective. Since 2001, Give2Asia has facilitated more than US$465 million of charitable grants across 20+ countries.

Tax Benefit Eligibility

Gift acknowledgments and tax receipts can only be issued from the charitable entity to which you make your donation. Please ensure that you are giving to the Give2Asia entity in the location where you seek tax benefits (learn more). Donations cannot be refunded once an acknowledgment has been issued. If you have any questions, contact us before making your donation.

Select the charitable entity you wish to support:

Partner login