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How We Are Funded

The Butterfly Foundation is an independent, not-for-profit organisation.  We receive financial support, donations and in-kind support from State and Federal Government, numerous individuals, philanthropic trusts and foundations as well as corporate partners.

Government Funding

Butterfly receives financial support from the Federal Government for two key areas:

  • National Helpline
  • National Eating Disorders Collaboration (NEDC) 

Without this significant help these vital services would not be able to function.

Butterfly has also received funding from the VIC and NSW Governments to help with some research projects and capital works. Butterfly is grateful to these governments for their support and their ongoing commitment to eating disorders and body image issues in Australia.


Butterfly receives support from many generous groups and individuals through donations, workplace giving programs, funds raised through a variety of community events as well as organisations that support our work.  We also receive grants from philanthropic trusts and foundations. 

We appreciate the generosity of all those who volunteer their time, make donations, or hold fundraisers.  We simply cannot achieve all that we do without this support.

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Worried about a friend or someone you care about?

It can be extremely difficult raising the subject of eating disorders with a friend or loved one. To be supportive one needs to learn what to say and what not to say.  


We can help you with knowing when to talk to your friend and what to say. ›

Concerned parents & carers

Communicating your concern with your child about eating and dieting behaviour can be extremely difficult. Butterfly offers a range of services that can provide you with skills and information related to communicating with your child.  


We can help you with recognising issues and what to do. ›

Teachers & Professionals Working with Young People

Teachers and those working with young people are often the first to become aware of dis-ordered eating behaviours.  Butterfly Education provides early intervention and prevention skills for professionals working with young people. 

We have a range of advice & resources ›