KU Marcia Burgess Foundation

KU has been a leader in quality early childhood education and had a profound impact on the lives of disadvantaged children and families since 1895.

The KU Marcia Burgess Foundation supports this work with a passion and a strong and clear vision.

Every donation to the Foundation will augment current, and enable new and innovative initiatives that improve the early childhood education participation, inclusion outcomes, and school readiness for disadvantaged, isolated and marginalised children and families.

KU Marcia Burgess Foundation invites the support, collaboration and commitment of individuals, families, corporate Australia, partner organisations and agencies, and philanthropists.

We aspire to achieving even greater outcomes for these children and families, well beyond their early childhood education experiences.

Together, we will change more lives.

In Memory of Marcia Burgess

The Foundation is named to honour one of KU’s trail-blazing luminaries of social inclusion and child wellbeing, the late Marcia Burgess.

Marcia’s commitment to children with additional needs and her leadership in this area spanned her 50 years of service with KU.

Whilst Marcia took a quiet approach, it was none-the-less driven by her strong will and determination. The result of her dreams, vision and advocacy for vulnerable children, children with additional needs and families have become some of KU’s greatest achievements.

Marcia retired from KU in October 2006 as the manager, Special Education and sadly passed away in June 2007.

She is recognised for her significant contribution to KU, the early childhood sector and the lives of the thousands of children she touched.

What is the KU Difference

Almost 125 years ago, KU was born of a visionary idea to establish the nation’s first free Kindergarten, brought to fruition through the efforts of volunteers and the generosity of donors and philanthropists.

Specifically intended to provide some of Sydney’s poorest children with access to early education, so began the commitment to social justice that is now embedded in KU’s DNA.

Today, this legacy continues and a gift to the KU Marcia Burgess Foundation can make the KU difference in the following ways:

  • Offering additional or new supports and services for the 14 KU centres in disadvantaged areas
  • Strengthening and creating collaborative partnerships with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and communities
  • Fee relief for children experiencing disadvantage, regardless of location through Scholarships
  • Improving nutrition and health outcomes through our Healthy Start Program
  • Increasing engagement and community linkages for children who may otherwise not participate in early childhood education, especially refugee and asylum seeker children and families
  • Peer support and opportunity for school aged siblings of children with disability to meet with other children experiencing a similar family environment
  • Improving the overall participation rates of children accessing early childhood education in disadvantaged areas.

How you can make the KU Difference

Make a regular monthly or one-off donation.

Become a KU Corporate Partner or Event Sponsor

Subscribe to Workplace Giving in your workplace

Offer Probono and In-kind support

Leave a Gift in Your Will

Spread the Word

Donations to the KU Marcia Burgess Foundation are tax deductible.

Contact Us

Email: foundation@ku.com.au

Call: +61 2 9264 8366