StreetSmart was founded by Adam Robinson in 2003. It was while working at a small youth service in Dandenong, in the outer suburbs of Melbourne, he gained first-hand experience of the vital work of grassroots organisations, embedded in their local communities, and the many barriers to funding that they face. The aim of founding StreetSmart was to play the unique role of simultaneously raising vital funds for these important smaller local organisations, strengthening them through collaboration and connecting them to their community and helping break down inaccurate prejudices about people experiencing homelessness. To date StreetSmart has supported over 1000 community partners and we still operate at a local, grassroots level to fund critical services. Adam is still part of the team at StreetSmart.
All about StreetSmart
We believe no one should be without a safe and secure place to call home.
We believe everyone should have a safe and secure place to call home. It is a basic human right. Ending homelessness will take a whole of community response.
Through innovative campaigns we enable and empower communities to raise vital funds and awareness to bring about change for people experiencing homelessness or at risk.
We keep it grassroots, we keep it local. We seek out, support and partner with small organisations and projects, in the communities where funds are raised.
Our Start Up Story
Status: StreetSmart Australia is a Public Benevolent Institute with DGR 1.
Barry Moore (Chair)
Jennifer O’Donnell (Treasurer)
Katarina Throssell (Secretary)
Adam Robinson (Founder / Board member)
Damien Farrell (Board member)
Anna Lyons (Board member)
Siba Diqer (Board member)
Cynthia Mac Caddon
Sustainability & Social Impact
At StreetSmart our team supports all 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals and believes in the power of community to make the goals a reality. We are playing our part in creating the world we want to live in.
We want to use our work and our influence to advance human rights, protect the environment, uphold labour standards, end corruption and be a force for good.
Importantly, our grant making directly contributes to the aims of thirteen of the SDGs. To find out more click here.