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Athletes for Hope Australia has been established as a registered charity

to inspire and empower athletes to discover, connect and engage with community causes:
“inspired athletes, better communities”

Our “Causeway” workshops and activities are provided to athletes free of charge, subject to philanthropic funding support.

Our Discover workshops, Connect and Engage phases provide thought-provoking, interactive and tailored development, helping athletes discover their personal passion and explore the value of community service.

Delivered either online or in-person (subject to COVID-19 restrictions and geographical limitations) our Causeway pathway explores:

Hope |  Inspiration  |  Beliefs  |  Values  |  Interests  |  Purpose  |  Resilience and Performance  |  Community Service  |  Legacy


For those athletes progressing through the Causeway further, our Discover workshops are then complemented by:

  • Skills training: Ongoing tailored training to develop relevant leadership and personal skills essential to optimise each athlete’s engagement with community organisations including:

    • Storytelling and teamwork

    • NFP governance

    • Media training

    • Exploiting social media

    • Fundraising

    • Community leadership and interaction

    • Empathy, connection and resilience; and


  • Facilitated athlete connections with reputable community organisations that are aligned with participating athletes’ passions and interests, as identified through the Discovery phase of our Causeway Program. 


Education is at the core of Athletes for Hope

and the beginning of every athlete’s philanthropic journey.


As part of our Causeway program, we have developed a curriculum of thought-provoking educational workshops for professional and Olympic athletes. Through facilitated debate and reflection, the Athletes for Hope model helps athletes explore their role in the community, discover their philanthropic passions, and learn how to maximise their charitable impact through a broad range of options, including forming a foundation.

Causeway Workshop Process


your motivations

your passions


with your cause

with your options


with existing organisations
on your own time
your career resources


with existing organisations
with thought leaders
in the public eye


yourself as a champion for your cause
a financial plan
a donor-advised fund
a legal entity

Identifying the cause you care about is a personal and introspective process. Many athletes are unclear about what specific cause or what types of involvement they will find most fulfilling and allow them to have the greatest impact. At this stage we work with athletes to help them reflect on what matters most to them and guide them on taking the first steps.

Once an athlete has identified a cause or causes that they care about, it’s time to explore which organisation fits their needs. We identify and vet charitable organisations and help create experiences that align with an athlete’s interests and charity’s needs. We encourage athletes to begin their involvement by working with a variety of charities to gain a broader perspective about the causes they care about.

At this stage athletes begin building deeper relationships with charities. This step is often about a greater commitment of time and effort and a more meaningful relationship with the organization and its beneficiaries.

At this stage, athletes are ready to make a greater commitment of time and/or money in order to increase their reach and deepen the charity’s impact. Athletes become knowledgeable about the issues and challenges that face the organisations they work with and have the opportunity to have a greater voice in the cause. The athlete’s relationship and contributions to the organisation are publicly recognised.

Establishing a vehicle for giving (a foundation, donor-advised fund, etc.) is not for everyone, and there are viable alternatives for an athlete to consider. Here athletes go through a series of exercises to determine if forming a vehicle for giving is the right decision for them or if there is a better option to achieve their charitable goals. If they are considering starting or already have a vehicle for giving, Athletes for Hope provides the necessary tools to maximize the chances for success through its best practices program.


No upcoming events at the moment

Athletes for Hope Australia is in the process of securing funding to offer its Causeway Program free of charge to athletes and sports. 


We already have significant interest from Australian sports and we are now taking expressions of interest to pilot workshops. 


If you would like to enquire about us piloting a workshop for your sport or a group of athletes, please email


"The Athletes for Hope Workshops are a critical first step in helping athletes learn how to discover their philanthropic passions and take action to impact their communities."


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