We are giving back

At Watermark, we recognise that our business is part of a wider community, both locally and globally. As such, we believe that we have a responsibility to try and make a difference to more than just our bottom line.

Just like our company, our philanthropic history stretches back over 155 years. Today, we constantly strive to make the most of the opportunities we have as an organisation by providing assistance where possible and putting into practice our belief in a more environmentally sustainable future.

How do we help? 

Pro bono services

We appreciate that the legal expertise we hold within our company is a valuable commodity and that this is one the best ways that we can give something back. "Pro bono" is a term that is used to describe the provision of services for no fee, or at a reduced fee. Through pro bono work, Watermark has the opportunity to assist disadvantage persons or organisations, providing legal services they could not otherwise afford.

Our lawyers and attorneys have gained a great deal of satisfaction through assisting not-for-profit organisations with the management of their intellectual assets including:


The Robin Boyd Foundation (RBF) was established in 2005 with the aim of promoting design awareness, design literacy and design advocacy. The foundation continues the work and spirit of Robin Boyd, an iconic figure in architecture and design in Australia.

Robin Boyd was an architect and a prolific and influential writer, commentator, educator and public speaker who was passionate about the benefits of good design. The RBF is based in Walsh Street, South Yarra, Melbourne, a house designed and furnished by Robin Boyd. Watermark provides pro bono IP services to the RBF. 


The Koala Kids Foundation is a registered charity providing 'the small things that make a difference to the lives of children, adolescents and young adults with cancer'. Koala Kids also supports their families. Koala Kids provides a range of entertainment and educational activities and programs for children and young people while they are in hospital and undergoing treatment for cancer. Koala Kids is entirely volunteer driven and relies on donations and pro bono services.

Watermark is proud to provide pro bono IP services to the Koala Kids Foundation and we support the motto "We Believe Happy Helps".

Maddie Riewoldt’s Vision powered by the Snowdome Foundation was set up to raise awareness and promote research towards a cure for Aplastic Anaemia and other Bone Marrow Failure Syndromes (BMFS). The current diagnosis, treatment, supportive care and research goals of BMFS share many similarities to those of blood cancers.

Watermark provides pro bono IP services to the Maddie Riewoldt's Vision. 


The Butterfly Foundation is dedicated to bringing about change to the culture, policy and practice in the prevention, treatment and support of those affected by eating disorders and negative body image.

As a leading national voice in supporting their needs, The Butterfly Foundation advocates for improved services from both Government and independent sources. Watermark is proud to support The Butterfly Foundation by providing pro bono IP services.  


The Snowdome Foundation is a not for profit organisation with a mission to accelerate next-generation treatments for Australian patients with blood cancer (Lymphoma, Leukaemia and Myeloma). Snowdome provides critical funding and infrastructure support for clinical trials thereby fast-tracking treatments available to patients.

The Snowdome Foundation with Maddie Riewoldt's Vision have been named finalists in the new Charity classification in the 2016 Telstra Business Awards. This incredible achievement places the Snowdome Foundation and Maddie Riewoldt's Vision as one of the top six not-for-profits in Victoria.

Since its inception in 2010 Snowdome has raised over $10 million in funds and has enabled 12 clinical trials to commence, resulting in over 225 Australian blood cancer patients gaining access to new treatments and hope. Some of this funding has contributed to the establishment of the Centre of Research Excellence in Myeloma (CRE-M), considered a ‘global best practice’ treatment approach and to epigenetic treatments for patients.

Watermark is proud to be a foundation supporter of Snowdome providing pro bono IP services. Amanda Jones, Principal of Watermark, was appointed to the Board of the Snowdome Foundation in December 2014 and serves on a number of committees. 

Watermark has also been a supporter and participant in the Snowdome Great Shake Up™ virtual fundraising events. 2015’s Great Shake Event helped raise $400,000 for the fight against blood cancer. This result has enabled Snowdome to expedite a grant to fund a research Fellow to assist Associate Professor Mark Dawson continue his blood cancer research at Peter Mac.

Snowdome will be granting the remainder of the raised funds to a selection of projects that will fast-track clinical trials of new drugs, personalised medicine and other research projects that will help ‘make hope real’ for Australians with blood cancers.


The SOAP AID™ project is the brainchild of Concept Amenities Pty Ltd, a manufacturer and supplier of environmentally friendly bath and body products for the hotel and hospitality industry. The SOAP AID project was launched in Australia in July 2012 and aims to improve sanitation for many people around the globe who are impoverished and suffer from hygiene related illnesses.

Every day, thousands of hotels around the world discard millions of pieces of soap, which often ends up in already overflowing landfills. By collecting waste soap from hotels worldwide, reprocessing it to make new bars of soap and distributing the soap to where it is most needed in impoverished countries, the SOAP AID initiative can help make a significant contribution - protecting the environment and potentially saving countless human lives through improved sanitation.


New Day Box aims to give boxes filled with goodies to women living in domestic violence crisis accommodation in Victoria over the Christmas period. In an effort to make the festive season special for children living in crisis accommodation, mothers are sometimes overlooked.

The team at New Day Box aims to send a message of support with a gift to open during the festive season. Watermark’s staff and clients have generously donated 100 boxes for New Day Box. Watermark clients who generously donated are Concept Amenities, Sportsgirl, Mentholatum, Linen HouseAura Lifestyle and Felton Grimwade & Bosisto’s.

St Laurence Community Services Inc. is a community based, not-for-profit organisation providing support services to a range of people and communities in southern and western Victoria, Australia. St Laurence provides services including residential aged care, home based support services for the aging, supported housing and services for individuals with disabilities, access to respite care and day therapy services, programs to assist with life skills and employment and recruitment services.


Zaidee's Rainbow Foundation was created to bring awareness to organ and tissue donation and to think about those people that are waiting for a life saving operation. Zaidee's aims including encouraging discussions among families regarding organ donation.

Think about giving this gift to others so they can live a better life and in some cases, just to live. 

BrainLink Services is dedicated to improving the quality of life for people affected by acquired disorders of the brain and providing support to their families and carers.

Some of these conditions include stroke, head injuries, brain tumour and progressive neurological diseases such as Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, Muscular Dystrophy, Motor Neurone disease and Huntington’s disease.


Young People in Nursing Homes works with young people living in or at risk of entry into nursing homes or aged care facilities as well as their families and carers.  These young people have an acquired disability with complex support needs that often bridge the aged care, disability, health, housing and community services sectors.

Corporate Charity Giving

We have a Corporate Charity Committee that selects recipients for our annual charitable donations, and all employees are invited to nominate causes that they feel particularly passionately about. We aim to help charities both at home and abroad.

Watermark's Season's Greetings cards are supplied by Charity Greeting Cards. Since 1999, Charity Greeting Cards have been helping businesses and individuals send cards and ecards while also helping charities, 20c from every dollar spent goes to a nominated charity. What happens to greeting cards after the festive season? Often they are thrown away. Ecards have the added benefit of being environmentally friendly. Since 2014, Watermark has supported the Heart FoundationThe Alannah and Madeline FoundationMake-A-Wish AustraliaChildren's Medical Research Institute Jeans for Genes and Asthma Australia

The Mirabel Foundation works specifically with children orphaned or abandoned due to parental illicit drug use. Mirabel believes that every child deserves a childhood. Working with this vulnerable group of children is a proactive way to begin breaking the cycle of addiction. Support for The Mirabel Foundation provides vital assistance and opportunities to some of the most vulnerable children in our community.

World Vision is partnering with Indigenous communities in projects to transform the lives of children and families. Linking Hands supporters offers an opportunity to help eliminate Indigenous disadvantage, offering Indigenous communities the opportunity for a brighter future.

The Fred Hollows Foundation was established in 1992 with the aim of continuing and expanding on the work Fred Hollows had started in Eritrea, Vietnam and Indigenous Australia. The Foundation now works throughout Africa, Asia (South and South East) and Australia, focusing on blindness prevention and Australian Indigenous health. Through reducing the cost of cataract operations to as little as $25 in some developing countries, we have helped to restore the sight of more than 1,000,000 people worldwide.

Redkite supports children and their families through cancer by providing financial assistance, emotional support and help with education. 

Engineers Without Borders Australia works in partnership with disadvantaged communities, both in Australia and overseas, to provide locally generated grassroots engineering programs which offer sustainable solutions to issues preventing development, such as access to drinking water, sanitation, energy and waste systems. 

The Royal Flying Doctor Service of Australia is one of the largest aeromedical organisations in the world. Using the latest in aviation, medical and communications technology, it delivers extensive primary health care and 24-hour emergency service to those who live, work and travel throughout Australia.

Beyond Blue work to address issues associated with depression, anxiety and related substance misuse disorders in Australia. 

Doctors Without Borders is an international organisation offering medical humanitarian aid.

Plan assists children in developing countries.


We encourage and support fundraising activities for specific community organisations, causes, programs or projects. Employees can volunteer to coordinate and be involved in a fundraising activity and we have a long history of involvement in events such as Australia's Biggest Morning Tea, raising money for cancer research.

CEO's all over Australia spend one night sleeping outside of their warm beds and homes in order to raise awareness of the thousands of homeless people who sleep like this most nights. Watermark was proud to support it's client Steve Clarke, Group CEO & Managing Director of ASKIN Performance Panels, and our own Principal, Karen Sinclair who participated in this initiative. All funds raised will directly assist people experiencing homelessness. Vinnies aims to break the cycle for such people by providing education, referral services and safe environments.

Board Membership

Watermark understands the importance of sharing our knowledge and experience by way of Board memberships. We encourage our employees to volunteer for positions on Boards and Committees in order to contribute something back to the industry which has helped their professional development along the way.

Watermark staff currently serving on Boards are Amanda Jones, Snowdome Foundation.  

Employee Volunteering

Our Employee Volunteering program allows every employee two paid days each year to donate their time to a community initiative of their choosing.

Our Environment

Watermark is committed to corporate sustainability. We have a Committee who are dedicated to reducing the environmental impact of our business processes, such as: recycling paper, printer cartridges, plastic, glass and other waste; adopting green energy practices and green cleaning services suppliers; and ensuring that the goods and services we buy use sound employment and environmentally friendly practices.