The TLC Foundation ensures the irreplaceable ecosystems found on our reserves are maintained through a permanent, reliable source of income.

The Tasmanian Land Conservancy (TLC) Foundation is an endowment fund, set up in 2009. The Foundation provides critical support for the effective conservation management of our suite of reserves. It enables the independent, long-term resourcing of on-ground management activities and ecological monitoring.

From the remote mountain tops to coastal environments, woodlands, wetlands and grasslands, our reserves protect some of the most important natural areas in Tasmania. They conserve critical habitat for our rare and threatened species and serve as safe havens for the future.

What the funds are used for

While acquiring and protecting land is critically important, effective long-term management is fundamental to ensure these areas remain safeguarded for future generations. To achieve this, the capital of the TLC Foundation is invested through a rigorous environmental and ethical screen. The funds generated then provide the TLC with a permanent, reliable and vital source of income for our reserves, forever.

The Foundation funds let us carry out essential tasks, such as weeding, fencing, road works, feral animal control and fire management. The Foundation also supports the all-important scientific work that happens right across our permanent reserve estate, including installation of visual and acoustic monitoring devices, which are gathering really valuable data on the health and status of vegetation, wildlife and other ecosystem values. The Foundation gives us the security to plan for the future with long-term conservation objectives across our reserve estate. Find out more about our ecological monitoring program

Each year, the income generated from the Foundation allows the implementation of critical conservation management activities across our reserve estate. For further details, please visit our TLC Reserves page, or view our suite of past annual reports.

Our ambition is to grow the Foundation so it covers 100% of all annual management costs of our permanent conservation reserve, and we are well on the way. We could not have the Foundation growing towards that 100% goal without the enormous generosity of those individuals who are giving to the foundation within their lifetime, or who are choosing to leave a bequest.

How it works

Administration of the Foundation is overseen by our Foundation Sub-committee who provide advice to the Board. The TLC Foundation investments are managed by JBWere Philanthropic Services. Guided by the subcommittee, all investments are put through a robust environmental and ethical screening process. Gifts are honoured and preserved to ensure the highest return on investment with the lowest possible risk.

This diagram illustrates the cyclical nature of funding strategies used to establish the TLC Foundation. Diagram by by Gwen Iacona, University of Queensland

Current progress

The TLC Foundation has seen steady growth since its inception in 2009. Thanks to the significant generosity of many supporters, the current balance of the Foundation is more than $12million.

In 2018-19, the TLC Board approved that 81% of reserve management and conservation science would be funded by the Foundation. With the growth in the Foundation through donations and positive returns on investments, we’re edging closer to achieving sustainable funding for the effective ongoing conservation management of the TLC’s current reserve estate—including continued weed control, maintaining property access and ecological monitoring. Our 2018-19 figures for the TLC Foundation can be seen in our Annual Report and financial papers; 2019-20 figures will be available by November 2020. Read our annual reports.

How you can get involved

The Foundation is made up of individual named funds. These are established with a minimum contribution of $10,000; founders can continue making contributions afterward. Some fund founders set up a web page to tell the story of their fund. Many of these are in tribute to someone special and are a way to honour their memory, share images and invite others to contribute to the fund.

We would be delighted to work with you, to personalise your Fund page. This will enable you to share it with your family and friends, encouraging your Fund to grow.

Setting up an individual Fund or contributing to an existing one is an incredibly powerful way to help us to ensure the longevity of our important conservation work. There are many ways you can contribute to this meaningful mechanism. We welcome gifts from individuals, corporations, foundations, trusts and Private Ancillary Funds.

Please contact us to further discuss an option that may best suit you.

’In 2017 I wanted to do something in memory of my husband Cameron Blackburn who died of leukaemia in his early 20s. A Fund in the TLC Foundation seemed the perfect memorial. I approached Cameron’s family and his brother Gerald was enthusiastic about joining me in this venture. It is wonderful to have the Cameron Blackburn Fund to contribute to protecting Tasmania’s unique land and seascapes that Cameron loved so much.’

Sue Blackburn

Photo: Eddie Safarik