Our Story

We believe in opportunity

We know it’s possible for children to break the cycle of dependence and welfare to become enterprising members of their communities.  Our work is to unleash their capacity through investment in education and economic development.

We align ourselves with those who believe that people in privileged positions have a responsibility to give back to those less fortunate, and that doing so will unlock compassion and empathy.  In every act of giving there is the experience of receiving which is critical to changing the world.

Our experience has shown that collaboration is the key to positive change.  We believe that bringing businesses, not-for-profits and communities together with a common goal results in sustainable, long-lasting improvements.

Over our history we have worked with nine ambitious businesses and fourteen community organisations to deliver projects that build the capacity of children, young people and families in Australia and Uganda.

Today we work alongside Founding Partner, Kain Lawyers, and four long-term community partners to create opportunities for children and young people to become socially and economically independent. We currently focus our efforts on two, long-term projects, based in Salisbury High School and schools across Uganda’s Lwengo and Masaka Districts, offering children and young people the opportunity and support needed to fulfil their potential.

We are a public ancillary fund with deductible gift recipient status.

Our Vision

Our vision is for a world where businesses are generous and children realise their potential.

Our Mission

To create opportunities for people to improve their own lives, positively impacting communities and businesses. We exist quite simply to enrich lives.

Our History

In 2005, the Kain Foundation was established by South Australian business owner John Kain based on the premise that while working toward changing the circumstances of people in poverty, it was critical those assisting were empathised by their experience. Over the years we have strengthened this mission to put children and youth at the heart of what we do.

The Foundation has progressed a great deal since its inception; from humble beginnings, bringing together business employees to volunteer their time at the local soup kitchen to 2017 when the Foundation successfully completed its eighth Uganda Project trip, to launching an innovative and award winning 4-year program for Salisbury High School students in 2020.

To date we have raised $1.5million in funds to support projects and facilitated thousands of hours of hands on support to projects.


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Adelaide SA 5000

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Kain Foundation
The Foundation is a public ancillary fund and has been endorsed by the Australian Taxation Office as a deductible gift recipient. ABN 63 425 376 446.