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About the Sunflower Foundation

The Sunflower Foundation (Australia) exists to help communities empower girls and women through education. Originally founded in 2008 by Kim and Paul Power, Sunflower has since awarded over $AU 150,000 in grants to projects across Africa and Asia.

Our vision

A world in which women are empowered through education to achieve gender equality, justice and freedom.

Our mission

To provide financial grants for education programs in low-resource environments, to help girls become empowered women.

Our values

Equality, Empowerment, Compassion, Integrity, Justice, Transparency

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We conduct extensive due diligence checks to ensure every project we fund meets rigorous criteria that align with our Vision, Mission and Values.

Our committee of volunteers works hard to maintain low overheads and maximise the dollars that go directly to our sponsored projects.

We are a registered Australian charity and we've been running for over 10 years - you can find us on the ACNC Charity Register.

Meet the team

Meet the members of the Sunflower Committee. We are based throughout Australia, Tanzania, the United Arab Emirates and the United States.

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Linda Deng


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Heidi Thomson

Vice President

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Louise Turner


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Gulam Dharann


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Evan Lorendo

Digital presence

Ellen Marston-Darwish

Ellen Marston-Darwish

Project Partnerships

Miriam Reynoldson

Fundraising and communications

Tamara Cherrington

Corporate sponsorships

Scott Duvall

Fundraising and communications

Want to learn more about the Sunflower Foundation, our projects, our people, or find out how to get involved?