What We Do

All life is fragile, none more so than in Australia.

In Australia we have an exceptionally high number of species that can only be found here.

What’s more, the diversity or range of species is greater here in Australia than in many parts of the world.

Why does this matter? Biological Diversity.

Biological diversity - or biodiversity - is a term we use to describe the variety of life on Earth. It refers to the wide variety of ecosystems and living organisms: animals, plants, their habitats and their genes.

Each species has a role to play in an ecosystem - much like each part of our body has its own function. Often in nature though, several species may fulfil a similar role in a particular ecosystem. This ensures that is one species is lost the ecosystem as a whole will continue functioning. However, if too many species are lost, as has happened in Australia since the arrival of Europeans, the the system starts to break down.

The Foundation for Australia's Most
Endangered Species Limited (FAME)
was established in 1993.

The Foundation is an independent Australian
company limited by guarantee and
is registered with the Commonwealth
Government. FAME is regulated
by ASIC, the ATO and the Australian
Charities and Not-for Profits Commission (ACNC).

How do we do it?

At FAME we have come to believe that with your help, as our work progresses, whenever we restore a small piece of nature, we also restore ourselves as caretakers of the planet. Our work supporting projects to save Australia’s flora and fauna never ends – many species are under pressure and some face extinction.

FAME’s commitment to confront this reality has no boundaries, but our resources are always limited.

The Foundation’s projects are carefully chosen so that our precious funds are put to work in the most effective way possible. We do not gamble with the financial support of our members, Trusts, Foundations, corporate and grant funders, because we know that if we choose wisely we can buy the time that endangered Australian flora and fauna need to survive.

FAME believes that a partnership approach to saving endangered species is the best way to save wildlife. FAME works with like-minded organisations, governments, wildlife authorities and private landowners on projects that increase the likelihood of survival of one or more endangered species.

See current projects


Our vision is to prevent any further extinction of Australian flora and fauna.


FAME is one of the only organisation dedicated to helping Australian species most at risk of extinction. FAME seeks to fund on-ground conservation outcomes with a focus on seed funding and innovation.

Core Values

  • Commit to conservation and environmental issues.
  • Embrace open transparency at all times.
  • Display strong, clear corporate governance.
  • Maintain inclusiveness with all stakeholders and donors.
  • Respect the culture of Indigenous Australians.

Our People

Established in 1993 with its head office in South Australia, FAME has a strong supportive national membership base and a range of private Trusts and Foundations, corporate partners and grant funding.

FAME has an independent volunteer Board of Directors who oversee the governance of the organisation. Directors are elected for a tenure of 2 years at which stage they must stand for re-election at the AGM.

Voting members (elected from the membership base) may nominate for Board positions at the AGM.

Christopher Chapman
Board Member since 2005 - President
Dip Law, Dip CIS, Dip CM, FGIA, FAICD, MBA. Barrister and Solicitor NSW, VIC, ACT, High Court of Australia
Dr Diana Beal
Board Member since 2012 - Vice President, Finance Director and Chair of Investment Committee
B.Econ, B.Com, M Phil, PhD, Grad. Dip. Local & Applied History, Grad. Cert. Forest Science
David Carleton
Board Member since 2020
B.E. (Civil - Honours), MBA (Financial Management)
Dr Fred Ford
Board Member since 2012 - Chair of Conservation Committee
BSc (Hons), PhD (Evolutionary ecology)
Bruce Jackson
Board Member since 1993
B. Ed, Environmental Technologies
Michael Willson AM KSJ
Board Member since 2002
Company Director (retired)
Tracy McNamara
Chief Executive Officer
BA, FFIA, F.EdPlus, GIA (Cert)

FAME’s future is a very challenging one. As the circumstances of our native wildlife deteriorate, more and more of our precious native species become endangered or extinct causing a greater reliance on Foundation’s such as FAME to provide on-ground monetary funding.