Helping young LGBTI people realise their potential
Founded in 2009 by Sean Linkson, his partner Phillip Comans, and long-time friends Paul Clark and Susan Brooks, the Pinnacle Foundation provides scholarships to LGBTI students in need of financial assistance for their education.
The organisation celebrated its recent batch of scholars last Wednesday, with a keynote speech by out CEO of David Jones, Paul Zahara, at the Accenture offices in Pyrmont.
The event not only served as a celebration for the recent Pinnacle inductees but a fundraiser for the not for profit foundation.
“We wanted to help a lost generation in the LGBT community – young people – who we define as between the age of 16-24 – who because of their circumstances had been marginalised or dis-enfranchised because of their sexuality or gender identity: which in turn has made it difficult for them to achieve their educational potential,” Pinnacle Chairman Sean Linkson told SX.
“Our aim with Pinnacle was to give them a helping hand and provide some financial support towards their studies and a mentor to guide them along the way.”
To date Pinnacle has assisted with 45 scholarships and allocated over $200,000 in grants, with scholarship winners for 2014 still to be announced.
“It’s a pretty good effort for a little organisation, run by volunteers, who relies on donations,” Linkson said.
To make a donation or for more information about the Pinnacle Foundation, visit www.thepinnaclefoundation.org.au
[Image] Pinnacle Foundation chairman Sean Linson (right) and selection committee member Alex Walker. Photo: Cec Busby