Corporate social responsibility

When the City of Adelaide was formed in 1840, the community hoped for a city where the needs and dreams of all its people came first. Since then, the City of Adelaide has encouraged organisations and initiatives that help people to experience life to its fullest, especially in times of hardship.

Within the corporation itself, City of Adelaide employees volunteer their time to raise funds and awareness for the many causes that are of personal significance including casual day collections.

Donation requests

All requests for donations or support from City of Adelaide are to be submitted in writing addressed to the Lord Mayor and address the eligibility criteria.

Submit to:

Lord Mayor

GPO Box 2252 

Adelaide SA 5001


[email protected] 

Eligibility criteria

  1. Be an not-for-profit organisation;
  2. Make a contribution to the City of Adelaide;
  3. Show a close association between Council’s strategic priorities;
  4. Demonstrate how the request is significantly different and stands out from many other worthy requests. 

City of Adelaide will make every effort to process charity requests in a timely manner. Once a request is received the Office of the Lord Mayor will advise the accurate timing for evaluation.

Supporting the Drought Relief

Many areas of regional Australia are experiencing drought conditions, especially in the ACT, New South Wales and Queensland. The City of Adelaide and its subsidiaries, Adelaide Central Market and the Rundle Mall Management Authority, are actively supporting the drought relief through various fundraising activities.

How you can help

You can also get involved and support the drought relief by either donating money or goods or holding your own fundraising event.

There are many charity organisations raising money for drought relief across the nation (a selection are listed below) with only one that focusses solely on South Australian farmers - Country Women’s Association SA Emergency Aid Fund. If you come across a campaign and you are unsure if it is a registered charity, you can check here.

Donations boxes are also located at the City of Adelaide Customer Centre at 25 Pirie Street, Adelaide.

City of Adelaide and Vinnies - working together

In 2013, City of Adelaide entered into its first official corporate social responsibility partnership with St Vincent De Paul Society (SA). A Memorandum of Understanding was created to formalise Council’s aim to collaborate with Vinnies through mutually beneficial campaigns that would raise charitable funds and awareness.

Some of these campaigns have included two Race Around Adelaide events, which showcased unique attractions and opportunities for keeping active within the City of Adelaide, as well as the 2014 Winter Coat Campaign.

The Winter Coat Campaign made a comeback in 2015.

City of Adelaide once again encouraged people to throw on a winter coat from 26 May until 3 July 2015, with an opportunity to win some great prizes.

For a chance to win some of these great prizes you must have posted a photo of yourself and/ or your friends on Twitter or Instagram out enjoying the City of Adelaide wearing your favourite winter coat, using #WinterCoatADL.

You can also support Vinnies by donating your unwanted winter coat to those in need.

This year David Chick, General Manager City Planning and Design rose to the challenge and participated in the Vinnies CEO Sleepout on 25 June 2015.

David slept out under the stars for one night in Victoria Square with nothing more than a cardboard box and sleeping bag.

For the third year running, City of Adelaide employees had the opportunity to participate in the Staff Winter Sleepout on Friday 29 May 2015.

They once again braved the cold for a night, keeping warm with only a sleeping bag and a cardboard box. 

All money raised from the Staff Sleepout went towards our corporate social partner, Vinnies SA.

On Friday 29 May 2015 Jonno and Pete teamed up to bring one of the biggest BBQ’s to the streets of Adelaide. 

Jonno and Pete along with volunteers from Vinnies and City of Adelaide spent the day selling sausages in bread to the people passing by on Pirie Street. 

All money raised from the Snag-A-Thon was donated directly to Vinnies through the CEO Sleepout.

City of Adelaide employees Jonathon and Peter, held a Vinnies BBQ on the first Wednesday of every month. The BBQ wass situated outside the Colonel Light Centre on Pirie Street and ran for approximately an hour. All funds raised from the monthly BBQ went to our Corporate Social Partner, Vinnies SA.

As a result of it’s popularity, City of Adelaide and St Vincent de Paul (SA) ran a follow up Race Around Adelaide in 2014. This Race was named the “Active Ambassador Edition” as City of Adelaide’s Active City program used the opportunity to promote it’s diverse range of cutting-edge options for keeping people active in the city. Supported by Channel 9 as major sponsors, the Race attracted teams from RAA, UniSA, Bendigo Bank, Austral Total Tree Management, FMG Engineering, Cowell Clarke, Finlaysons, Knight Frank and a group of friends known as the Boom-Sha-Ka-Lakas.

Race 2014 saw support from Adelaide Bubble Soccer, Adelaide Convention Centre, BTS Café, City Beach, City Library, Croquet SA, Parkour SA, Segway Sensations SA and Torrens Parade Ground.

Former Chief Executive Officer, Peter Smith participated in the 2014 CEO Winter Sleepout. Adelaide’s top CEOs, business and community leaders all had the opportunity to brave the cold for one night and sleep out in the grounds of Government House in June 2014. 

The funds raised from the CEO Winter Sleepout went towards Australia’s homeless to assist them with finding warmth, safety and shelter and ensure services such as Fred’s Van and the Vincentian Centre (men’s homeless shelter) continue to provide support for those in need.

In June 2014, City of Adelaide employees had the opportunity to participate in the Staff Winter Sleepout. Employees were required to sleep outside for one night with little more than a cardboard box for a bed in an effort to raise money for South Australia’s homeless and St Vincent De Paul’s homeless services.

City of Adelaide teamed up with St Vinnies to roll out a Winter Coat Campaign in 2014. The campaign encouraged people to get out and enjoy the City over the winter period and donate their unwanted winter coats to people in need. All proceeds raised from the campaign were donated to St Vinnies.

Spare coats were collected from the City of Adelaide foyers, Hilton Adelaide Foyer, Rundle Place and at the Adelaide Cabaret Festival during the Cabaret.

The first Race Around Adelaide event was held in 2013 as a joint initiative between City of Adelaide and St Vincent de Paul (SA). Six corporate teams competed in a range of activities that showcased the best that the city has to offer and providing a unique opportunity to engage with the work of Vinnies. Southern Cross Care, Linet, Bank SA, FMG Engineering, SA Power Networks and St Vincent de Paul entered teams into this inaugural event that was supported by Adrenaline, Sprout, Adelaide Central Markets, Rundle Mall Management, North Adelaide Aquatic Centre, North Adelaide Golf Links and Totally Work Wear.