Collaboration in Action

Working together to create great outcomes

Our Story Today

Community 21 was formed in 2001 with the objective of creating greater access to capital for the not-for-profit sector; to develop a banking service that would enable the not-for-profit sector to increase its financial capacity and benefit from the capital flows within the sector.

The creation of Community 21 was a bold and brave move. Something which had not been done before; 20 not-for-profits came together and invested in a company they believed would have a positive impact on the way the sector dealt with capital and finance. It was a leap of faith in which they were prepared to risk their money to realise a new vision.

In 2002, Community 21 in partnership with Bendigo Bank (now merged with Adelaide Bank), established Community Sector Banking.