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Together we can change lives


The latest research shows that around 12% of Australians live in extreme poverty. Well-resourced education with personalised support can break the cycle of intergenerational poverty.

Educating girls provides the key foundation for a productive life, which is why the Australian government and the UN have both identified girls’ education as a strategic development priority.


Our program educates girls living with disadvantage, with the aim of improving the representation of women in Australian leadership across all sectors of society. Diversity in leadership improves societal and economic outcomes. Our ambition is to support 8,000 scholars with Harding Miller scholarships by 2035.


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Donations are fully tax deductible and 100% of your contribution goes directly to scholars.
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Help break the vicious cycle of poverty

Educating girls works to break the vicious cycle of poverty. Girls who are supported with equipment, money for resources, tutoring and coaching are more likely to complete high school and undertake further education after school.

For each additional year of education, a woman’s income will increase by up to 25%. Women who are mothers are more likely to invest in their children’s education and wellbeing, and support their studies.

The education and success of girls leads to a more prosperous and equitable society. It raises families out of poverty and accelerates economic development.

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HMEF was founded in 2015 by two long standing philanthropists in the area of girls education, Kim Harding and Irene Miller.

In 2015 they employed Cara Varian to start the operations of the Foundation and in 2016 they awarded they first scholarship. Since then the Foundation has awarded over 800 scholarships.

As a matriarchal foundation, the Quinn Femelle are focused on supporting women and the progress of equal opportunity for those who are disadvantaged across Australia. The Quinn Femelle PAF focuses on long-term sustainable goals that target the future prosperity of Australians and in particular Queenslanders. 

Their priority areas are health, education as well as children and youth and their generosity is advancing the cause of women across all of these sectors of society.

100% of every cent donated to the Harding Miller Education Foundation goes to the girls on the program. All operating costs are covered under a separate founding corpus.


What do your donations cover?

What is covered by the Founders?

  • High quality laptops & laptop repairs
  • Online IT support
  • High speed internet
  • Face to face tutoring
  • Online homework help
  • Prepaid expense cards for essential school needs
  • Academic enrichment program
  • Crisis support


  • Employment expenses
  • Administration, postage, printing and software subscriptions
  • Audit and accounting fees
  • Awards and enrichment activities – travel and accommodation costs for students and parents, venue hire and speakers
  • Insurance
  • Marketing and advertising
  • Staff telephone, internet and office space
  • Volunteer recruitment, management and training

HMEF has a range of large, medium and small donors. Our large donors typically support full scholarships valued at $20,000. This amount covers the costs of the scholarship over four years from Year 9 through to Year 12.

Full scholarship support enables our large donors the opportunity to meet their scholars, present them their scholarship certificates at their respective awards night (hosted in Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne) as well as participate in media opportunities. We have a collaboration with National media outlets that enable us to secure local community print and digital media for our scholars. It is also a wonderful opportunity for our donors to feel connected to their scholars from the get go.

Payment Options for large donors 

Upfront payment of the full scholarship ($20,000). An example of this would be a $20,000 payment in 2021 for a scholar who starts the program in 2021 and graduates in 2024.

Pledged instalments over the four years of the scholarship ($5,000 per year per scholarship). The Foundation will invoice you at an agreed time for that year’s financial commitment. An example of this is a $5,000 payment each year from 2021 through to 2024 (being the final year that your scholar is on the program).

We have a number of our donors who choose to support a full scholarship together with their family members.

This may be because they want to give back to a particular community or a girl from a particular background such as Indigenous or ATSI.

Each year they make payments totaling $5K. These can be made in one upfront payment or over the course of the year.

To find out more about our Family Scholarships support opportunities please call the HM office on 1300 103 896 and ask for our Fundraising Manager. 

Regular donors, workplace giving donors and donors who give over $500 a year receive two donor updates on their scholars every year. These updates are based on the girls applications, surveys, program participation and engagement with their personal coaches and Foundation staff.

Our fundraising team works closely with our scholarship program team who are aware of donor supported scholars and provide me with updates on scholars’ success and engagement with the program across the year.

The level of detail and update information that our large donors request is varied – HMEF will identify with you upfront what your expectations are and will work with you to ensure a highly satisfied outcome. Our program is focused on impact and ensuring that our donors are taken on the journey of their scholars’ achievements and progress on the program.

The Harding Miller Foundation will match every full scholarship supported by a donor – effectively enabling two full scholarships in your name.

This is only available for full scholarship support,

We offer all donors who cover the cost of a full scholarship naming rights for their scholarships. One example of this would be the Arnold Family Education Scholarship. This will then be displayed on your scholars certificates.  

These naming rights reflect the commitment that these donors have made to the students and provide us a platform to recognise the significant contribution of these donors.

There is clear evidence of the link between educating women and the alleviation of poverty in society. When women and girls earn income, they reinvest 90% of it into their families, compared with 30-40% for a man. Girls face many barriers to getting an education that boys do not. Some of these include pregnancy, domestic and care responsibilities, and perceptions that education of girls is less valuable than education of boys. Educating women results in strong economies, reduced poverty for children and families and will have a significant impact in reducing the gender gap and elevating women to an equal status of men in society.

  1. Stratification of the Australian education system – Australia has the largest gap in the shortage of teachers between disadvantaged and advantaged schools among all OECD countries. The gap between the educational resources available at low-socio-economic status schools compared to high SES schools is the third largest in the OECD.
  2. Increased competition between charities to attract donors – Over the past decade philanthropists and other funders have sought increasingly sophisticated data that demonstrates measurable impact of philanthropic investment.
  3. Growing socio-economic disadvantage in Australian society – Growing socio-economic disadvantage within Australia leads to a greater demand for scholarships and greater disadvantage for scholarship recipients to overcome.
  4. Ongoing gender inequality within society – Research by KPMG has found that “stubborn gender stereotypes” continue to harm the careers of women, which in turn impacts their ambitions and education.

Making a donation is easy. You can make a one off donation or set up a regular donation via the donation link on the website. Our fundraising team will then be in touch with you. Please note that donor updates are for donations made over $500, regular donors, workplace giving donors and full scholarship support.

If you would like more information on the full scholarship and family scholarship options, please call our office on 1300 103 896 or email us at [email protected] and one of our friendly staff members will be able to assist you.

Donation Options

All donations are tax deductible. 100% of your donation goes directly to scholarship recipients.

All donations are tax deductible. 100% of your donation goes directly to scholarship recipients.

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