Become a partner

Our values and our partnerships seek to embrace everyone, celebrating what we share and our differences to advance a richer, more diverse and inclusive society. Our approach reinforces workforce and community togetherness first and foremost, while encouraging respect and understanding of difference – and the value this brings.

Reinforce your organisation’s commitment to a culture of respect and inclusion by partnering with The Pinnacle Foundation to award educational scholarships, carefully matched mentors and opportunities to young LGBTQIA+ Australians. Gain access to Pinnacle’s scholar and alumni networks to powerfully share their stories to raise understanding, challenge prejudices and foster behaviour change. Demonstrate to your employees and external stakeholders your commitment to LGBTQIA+ inclusion and enhance your employment brand.

Click here to watch Alan Joyce AC, Patron of The Pinnacle Foundation, share his thoughts about the value and impact of the Pinnacle program. Click here to watch Jennifer Westacott AO, Patron of The Pinnacle Foundation, share her thoughts about the importance of the Pinnacle program. Click here to watch Devon Esper, Lead Author of WPP’s global research, “Beyond the Rainbow – An investigation into LGBTIQ+ marketing and its future” share insights into the research and recommendations. WPP is a proud Gold partner of The Pinnacle Foundation.

For further information about becoming a Pinnacle partner, please contact Andrew Staite, Chief Executive Officer & Managing Director on +61 411 111 154 or [email protected].

Foundation partnership levels

Principal Foundation

$300,000+ over three years

Platinum Foundation

$150,000+ over three years

Gold Foundation

$50,000+ over three years

Silver Foundation

$30,000+ over three years

Bronze Foundation

$10,000+ in one year

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Pinnacle partnerships are for three years, except Bronze (one year). Partnership payment may be made upfront or in equal annual instalments over the term of the partnership. The Pinnacle Foundation has deductible gift recipient (DGR) status.

Foundation partners receive:

Recognition as a Foundation partner (more extensively at increased partnership levels)

Communication support (Silver and above) to produce a joint social media/media release to announce your support for Pinnacle in line with your diversity, inclusion and belonging philosophy

Opportunity to host a pre-launch Q&A session for senior executives to equip them to communicate confidently about your Pinnacle partnership and respond to any questions that may arise

Access to Pinnacle speakers including a scholar/alumnus for your internal launch event

The option to name a scholarship (Gold), up to three scholarships (Platinum), and up to six scholarships (Principal), for three years

Regular reports on the progress of your named scholar(s) (where provided), and opportunities to engage with them (always with scholar safety prioritised)

Access to the Pinnacle scholar, alumni, leadership and board networks to attend/present at your events designed to raise awareness of the challenges that many young LGBTQIA+ Australians continue to face because of their identity, the incredible contributions they make to our society when realising their full potential, and which showcase your tangible commitment to diversity and inclusion

Connections to other partner organisations and their LGBTQIA+ and ally networks to share learnings and successes in the diversity, inclusion and belonging sphere

Invitations for your senior, LGBTQIA+ and ally network leaders to attend Pinnacle hosted corporate diversity, inclusion and belonging events

Opportunity to engage your LGBTQIA+ and ally networks, employees, clients, customers, suppliers and communities by hosting Picnics for Pinnacle

10% discount for your staff attending the LGBTQIA+ Executive Fellowship - The University of Sydney Business School (flag when applying)

Opportunity to host state/territory-based events for Pinnacle scholars and alumni in conjunction with Pinnacle’s state/territory committees

Scope to engage the Pinnacle scholar and alumni networks around employment opportunities to assist in meeting your diversity objectives

Ability to recommend your employees for Pinnacle scholar mentoring and other volunteer opportunities – for example, as members of Pinnacle’s state and territory committees (subject to vacancy/fit/suitability)

Opportunity to host Pinnacle’s corporate/government awareness and fundraising events (as a visible demonstration of your position as a leader in the LGBTQIA+ sphere)

Scope for your employees to march with Pinnacle at Pride events around the country including Mardi Gras (a charge per marcher may apply to cover parade/march costs, outfits etc)

Opportunity to leverage awareness of Pinnacle’s scholarships by actively promoting the Foundation’s work through your website/offices/networks/channels

Scope to list Pinnacle as a DGR workplace giving partner, further reinforcing your connection to the Foundation

Commendations to support the development of your Australian Workplace Equality Index (AWEI) recognition level

Named Scholarships in Perpetuity

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Naming a scholarship to be awarded in perpetuity requires an investment of $375,000. Receive perpetual partnership recognition as follows:

6+ perpetual scholarships – principal partner

3+ perpetual scholarships – platinum partner

  • 1+ perpetual scholarship – gold partner

Value-in-Kind Foundation Supporters

Value-in-kind support (valued by Pinnacle above $10,000 per annum) may receive website recognition. It will not count towards a Foundation partnership.