To conserve and celebrate Hahndorf’s cultural, built and natural heritage.
We wished to establish a clear focus for Beerenberg’s philanthropic activities, while ensuring an effective and accountable means of giving.
Launched in April 2010, the Beerenberg Foundation is a private charitable trust, established solely for charitable purposes by Beerenberg Pty Ltd.
The Foundation is bound by a legal trust deed to continue carrying out the mission of the foundation in perpetuity, making decisions solely for the public benefit and without regard to the commercial interests of Beerenberg Pty Ltd.
The Foundation has an Advisory Committee, consisting of:
This Advisory Committee meets quarterly to make decisions via consensus on projects to be funded.
The signs, co-funded by the Beerenberg Foundation, provide a cultural appreciation and historical perspective about the life of the early pioneers who settled the township of Hahndorf.
Placed along the Heritage Walkway adjoining the St Paul’s Lutheran Homes, the signs give an understanding of how Hahndorf was settled, the hardships the early pioneers had to face and how they blended with the indigenous Peramangk people.
We funded the 'Windows and Doors' project at the Hahndorf Academy. This beautiful 153 year old heritage building has had multiple incarnations throughout its history, including a school, hospital, dentist and a betting shop, among many others.
The Foundation is funding a series of vintage-inspired signs created for each room, accessible to the Academy's 80,000 visitors each year. Each sign will detail the room's uses over the building's lifetime, including fascinating anecdotes that bring its history to life for the visitor.
The Hahndorf Community Association and the District Council of Mount Barker have designed a monument to honour the endurance and pioneering spirit of the women and girls of Hahndorf's early Germanic settlers.
Erected in Hahndorf's Pioneer Memorial Gardens, the Beerenberg Foundation is proud to have part-funded this important project.
The Beerenberg Foundation has provided funding to assist the local Landcare group, Trees Please! Inc. to collect seed from local native tress and shrubs, raise seedlings and plant them in the Hahndorf area. The group do most of their work at 'The Cedars', the former Hahndorf home of celebrated artist Hans Heysen, still owned by the Heysen family.
The Beerenberg Foundation provided funding to the Hahndorf Community Assocation Inc. to create and install ten heritage signs on State Heritage buildings along Hahndorf Main Street.
Each sign conveys the history of each building and raises visitor’s awareness of the cultural and social background of the town’s original 1839 settlers.
Held in April 2012, this inaugural symposium saw eight internationally acclaimed sculptors work over 20 days at The Cedars in Hahndorf to create eight totally unique stone sculptures. They are to be permanently placed in hills locations, including this stunning piece below by Australian sculptor Craig Medson, which will be placed on the lawns of the Hahndorf Academy. The Beerenberg Foundation made a donation towards the cost of creating this sculpture. We know many local people are looking forward to driving and walking past it for years to come, remembering how they saw it being created from a what was just a huge chunk of stone.