Impact Investment: Foundation for Australia’s Most Endangered Species

Creating a safer cycling environment

Funding context

The Amy Gillett Foundation – created to honour the memory of the Commonwealth Games athlete Amy Gillette, who was killed when a young German driver lost control of her car – works with all levels of government, road authorities, corporate, motoring, cycling and community safety organisations to make cycling safer.

While the Foundation is a nationally-recognised brand, Rendere was able to use its resources to help the Foundation secure a bigger slice of the funding pie.

Background and situational context

Despite the positive health, environmental and social benefits of cycling, getting on a bike to travel to work or school is just too dangerous for many people, with 20 hospital beds required for cyclists hurt on our roads every day.

Part of the problem is that 75% of Australia’s roads are built by local councils and there is very little incentive, training or accountability for councils to build roads that are safe for cyclists and less stressful for drivers.

The Amy Gillett Foundation not only seeks to create safer roads but encourages people to enjoy the great outdoors.

Funding rationale

Rendere’s initial investment was instrumental in helping the foundation attract further philanthropic and government funding, including a $6 million grant to test new safety programs, expand the Foundation’s expertise and increase pressure on the government to do more.

Campaign Director, Dan Kneipp, said: “We are so grateful for Rendere’s support as we tackle our ambitious goal of making it safe to ride a bike around our communities. We aim to stop spending money ‘downstream’ on hospital beds and instead be proactive in building safe roads.

“The environmental benefits that will come from this work, along with the better mental and physical health of our communities, is just the start.”