The Roberta Sykes Indigenous Education Foundation

The Roberta Sykes Indigenous Education Foundation is a small-scale charity established in 1990. Their main activity is registered as education primarily serving adults - aged 25 to under 65 aboriginal and torres strait islander people.

The Foundation pursued its charitable purposes in the last financial year by awards Roberta Sykes Scholarships and Bursaries to Indigenous Australians to study at overseas universities. In 1983, Roberta Sykes became the first black Australian to graduate from an American university with a PhD in Education from Harvard. She returned to Australia to take up the reins of Black Womens Action, the group who had raised the funds to enable her to attend Harvard. Over the next 15 years, under Robertas stewardship, the Foundation continued to encourage and support Indigenous students to study in Australia and overseas, and was the first to offer overseas postgraduate scholarships to Indigenous Australians. Roberta died in 2010, but the Foundation has continued her amazing legacy and in total has supported over 48 Indigenous students in their pursuit of academic achievement.

The Roberta Sykes Indigenous Education Foundation

Who They Help

  • Youth - 15 to under 25
  • Adults - aged 25 to under 65
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people



Total employee expenses: $0 (0% of revenue).
Average full-time equivalent salary: $0.

Revenue vs Expenses

The Roberta Sykes Indigenous Education Foundation has seen an average annual decline of -2% in revenue versus a -8% p.a. decrease in expenses.

Grants given out in 2020 for use outside of Australia: $20,936

Assets vs Liabilities

Sources of Revenue

Sources of Expense

Responsible People

Peter Waters
Selwyn Button
Shireen Malamoo
Gregory Lehman
Sharon Davis
Taryn Lee
Jilpia Jones

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Registration Status
Charity is registered.
DGR Status

Donations can be claimed as a tax deduction.

Office Address
100 Botany Rd
Operating States
Operating Countries
United Kingdom, United States
Entity Type
Other Unincorporated Entity

An other unincorporated entity is a number of people grouped together by a common purpose with club-like characteristics, for example, a sporting club, social club or trade union. Some club-like characteristics are that: there are members of the association the members will normally be free to join or leave the association the association will normally continue in existence independently of any change to the composition of the association as a matter of history, there will have been a moment in time when a number of persons combined to form the association there is a contract (which can fall short of a legally enforceable contract) binding the members among themselves, and there is a constitutional arrangement for meetings of members and for appointing officers. The meaning of any other unincorporated association or body of persons does not include a non-entity joint venture. Public Benevolent Institution

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