Planet Wheeler Foundation



The Planet Wheeler Foundation, a private ancillary fund, was established in 2008 by Maureen and Tony Wheeler, founders of Lonely Planet Publications.

Planet Wheeler is based in Melbourne, Australia and currently funds over 50 projects in the developing world. Most of our funding- approximately 80% in fact – goes to just six regions- East Africa, Burkina Faso, Afghanistan, Burma and Burma related projects, Cambodia and Laos. We have flexibility to look at other areas, but Trustees prefer a focus on the six aforementioned regions.

Our purpose, put simply, is to support practical and effective projects which make a difference in the alleviation of poverty.


Issue Areas: Clean Water · Early Childhood to Primary Education · Financial Services · Health Delivery · Human Rights · International Justice · Livelihoods · Peace · Post-Secondary Education · Sanitation · Secondary Education · Smallholder Productivity · Water Management · Women's and Girls' Education · Youth Job Skills