The Readings Foundation

Established by Readings’ managing director Mark Rubbo in 2009, the Readings Foundation assists Victorian organisations that support the development of literacy, community integration and the arts.

The aims of the Foundation are to:

  • Aid the work of organisations that respond to the needs of disadvantaged groups living in our community;
  • Increase the community’s enjoyment of the word in all its forms, including screenwriting, music, theatre, art and the written word; and
  • Honour the importance of creativity in community-driven work.

The Readings Foundation grant committee includes Readings managing director Mark Rubbo, author Helen Garner, former managing director of Publishers John Wiley Australia Peter Donoughue and Gerald Smith (Phase III Business Consulting), along with current Readings' staff members.

The Readings Foundation awards grants on an annual basis and funds have already been allocated for 2019. Grants usually open around October of each year.

The Readings Foundation personal shopper author fundraiser

This year we are holding our first-ever Readings Personal Shopper Author auction, a special one-night only charity event with some of your favourite authors to raise money for the Readings Foundation.

Held in conjunction with Penguin Random House, this event takes the familiar idea of the personal shopper, and gives it a distinctly literary twist. If you’re lucky enough to be the highest bidder, you and a friend will attend an exclusive cocktail party on Tuesday 28 May 2019, where your personal shopper will guide you on a personal tour of the shelves of Readings at the State Library, and recommend you some excellent books.

The participating authors for the auction are (in alphabetical order):

  • Alison Lester
  • Elliot Perlman
  • George Megalogenis
  • Jamila Rizvi
  • Jane Godwin & Michael Wagner
  • John Safran
  • Marc Martin
  • Marieke Hardy
  • Michael Carr-Gregg
  • Paul Bangay
  • Scott Pickett

For more information, click here.

The Readings Foundation grant recipients for 2019

The Readings Foundation has announced $146,700 worth of grants to support a range of projects and organisations within Victoria in 2019. This year, the grant committee has chosen to allocate funding to organisations that are delivering strong literacy and education support to the most disadvantaged people in our community.

Here are the Readings Foundation grant recipients for 2019…

Find out more about these organisations and the amazing work they do here.

Read our latest update from the Readings Foundation here.

Read more about the Arabic, Dari and Farsi bilingual editions of My Two Blankets that were funded via a 2018 Readings Foundation grant here.

Past grant recipients

Here is a complete list of previous successful applicants for Readings Foundation grants.

Making donations to the Readings Foundation

Readings donates 10% of its overall profit to the Readings Foundation each year, and crucial funds are also raised from donations by Readings customers.

You can make a donation to the Readings Foundation by using the online form below. All donations to the Readings Foundation over $2 are tax deductible.


Enquiries should be directed to the grants officer Gabrielle Williams at