Giving back: Supporting our wider community


The tectonic shifts that we experienced over the last two years clarified that a strong foundation and anchor in community was essential to navigate the ongoing tumult.

VATE is an important place of connection.

To reflect our commitment to sustainability and social solidarity, VATE will no longer be purchasing delegate and presenter gifts for the State Conference and instead will be donating these funds to charities. We see this as an important move to supporting our wider community and reflects our move to ‘going green’ and our core values of equity, inclusion, and social engagement.

We look forward to you joining us on this journey of connecting to community.

In 2022 VATE donated funds from the State Conference registration fee to the following three charities: Australian Literacy and Numeracy Foundation, Environment Victoria and The Smith Family.

Australian Literacy and Numeracy Foundation

We see a world where everyone, wherever they come from, however they identify, can confidently express themselves, engage with society and share their stories, embracing the extraordinary opportunities life brings.

The Australian Literacy and Numeracy Foundation (ALNF) is a national charity seeking to assist people in our most marginalised communities to gain vital language, literacy and communication skills. ALNF’s specialised, innovative and proven programs address the needs of a diverse range of individuals and communities – specifically supporting First Nations, refugee and other vulnerable Australians.

To support our work, please visit


Environment Victoria

We’re Environment Victoria! We’re Victorians standing up for a healthy environment and safe climate future for our kids and grandkids.

Environment Victoria was founded in 1969 out of a successful campaign to save the Little Desert in western Victoria. More than 50 years later, we're one of Australia's leading environment charities, and the biggest advocate for Victoria’s environment and climate.

We take on the biggest threats to our climate and environment. We inspire, empower and lead people and communities to take action, building power to solve the climate crisis, achieve a healthy environment and secure a fair and thriving Victoria.

Our work is focused on protecting our climate from fossil fuels, creating thriving and healthy rivers and nature, and helping every Victorian live sustainably. We are independent and not for profit – which means we can be a strong and unapologetic voice for ecosystems, animals and communities in Victoria.

We have 50+ grassroots member groups and over 200,000 supporters, all working to look after Victoria for our children, and their children.

For more information about our campaigns, successes and how to get involved, head to


The Smith Family

We believe that every child deserves a chance and that’s why here are VATE, we are proud to support The Smith Family.

The Smith Family is Australia’s largest children’s education charity that works with children and young people to overcome educational inequality caused by poverty – so they can thrive now and into their futures.

A percentage of the registration cost from the VATE 2022 conference will be donated to The Smith Family’s Learning for Life program, helping kids experiencing disadvantage to receive the financial and educational support they need to succeed at school.

You can support further by donating via


Australian Literacy and Numeracy Foundation Environment Victoria The Smith Family