A Partnership That Counts

The Children’s Cancer Foundation receives behind-the-scenes support from corporate Australia, allowing us to keep our administration costs to a minimum. With the support of our partners, such as Grant Thornton, we have been able to direct 82 cents from every dollar raised in 2016/17 to support Australian children with cancer.

Grant Thornton supports the Foundation by providing pro bono auditing services, and has donated $315,000 of in-kind services since the launch of The Million Dollar Lunch in 2005. During this time the charity has grown from annual revenue of $86,413 in 2005 to more than $3 million in 2017.

“Grant Thornton has been a proud supporter of The Million Dollar Lunch and the Children’s Cancer Foundation for over a decade. As one of the world's leading organisations of independent assurance, tax and advisory services, we are committed to helping the not-for-profit sector. Supporting children and families in need resonates with us,” said Adrian Nathanielsz, Partner - Audit & Assurance.

Each year, Grant Thornton staff volunteer at the Foundation’s annual fundraiser, The Million Dollar Lunch and are tasked with a big job – overseeing the processing of more than $1 million of transactions during the event, as well as drawing the winning tickets for the Premium Raffle. While it is a stressful job, each year it is executed with professionalism and finesse.

“Grant Thornton staff greatly value volunteering at The Million Dollar Lunch, as they are able to see first-hand the difference that the Children’s Cancer Foundation is making to the lives of Australian children and their families,” said Sandra Lawson, Partner & National Head of Health & Aged Care.

“Over the past decade, childhood cancer services in Australia have improved significantly. It is reassuring to have ongoing support and guidance from Grant Thornton as we strive to raise more funds and increase our distributions to find kinder treatments and better outcomes for children with cancer,” said Aileen Boyd-Squires, Chief Executive of the Children's Cancer Foundation.

Aileen and Grant Thornton