The Wattle League Foundation is the fundraising arm of Open Minds, an independent
not-for-profit (NFP) organisation shaping and delivering contemporary mental health and disability services.


The Foundation's first project is to raise funds to establish Wattle House to provide supported transitional accommodation and support to returned ADF personnel experiencing mental ill health as a result of their service to our country.

Donate now.

our mission

To enhance mental health and wellbeing for every
Australian through the funds raised.

our purpose

To raise operational and project funds to
enhance the mental health and wellbeing of

our vision

To establish the Wattle League Foundation as one of the most respected, recognised and trusted fundraising vehicles in Australia.


For over 100 years, Open Minds (previously the Queensland Wattle League) has been providing community-based support services for individuals living with mental ill health, disability and acquired brain injury.

In the beginning

In 1912, we started our journey as the Queensland Wattle Day League. Back then our aim was to raise funds to provide arts scholarships - recipients included sculptor Daphne Mayo who used the scholarship to study in London and Robert Percy Cummings who later became Professor of Architecture at the University of Queensland.

The World Wars

During and after the First World War, our focus changed, funds were used to support returned servicemen and their families - with the support of the community, we were even able to fully fund an orthopaedic ward at Rosemount Hospital.

Supporting those in need

In the fifties, we ran a sheltered workshop that provided work and rehabilitation for disabled people, for 30 years the workshop remained the focus of our attention. During this time, we also played a key role in the creation of the Queensland Council of Social Service. Over time, we found ourselves becoming more focussed on supporting people with mental health difficulties and supporting individuals to live independently and well within their community of choice.


Fundraising has always been vitally important - everything we have done has been made possible by the generosity of our partners and supporters. In 2015, the Wattle League Foundation was launched to focus our fundraising efforts and endeavours. The Foundation's first goal is to raise funds to build and establish Wattle House that once complete will provide supported transitional accommodation and support to veterans who find themselves homeless or at risk of homelessness as a result of mental health illness. The Foundation's first project is meaningful step forward for our organisation and marks the continuation of our long tradition of offering rehabilitation and support to Australian veterans.

our people

The Wattle League Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Open Minds is
directed by the Board of Open Minds and our CEO, Simon James.

Mr Simon James


Professor Paul Mazerolle


Ms Louise Cox

Deputy Chair

Mr Grant Hawgood

Board Member

Mr Mike Gilmour

Board Member

Mr Simon Rumore

Board Member

Mr Stephen Roberts

Board Member

Ms Julie-Anne Schafer

Board Member


Wattle House will deliver supports for our veterans, many of whom experience depression, anxiety, homelessness, substance abuse, trauma and stressor-related disorders (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder).

You can help us build a better future for our veterans.