Born of a need to “do” charity differently, The Café for The Common Good was strategically implemented as a social enterprise business, allowing The Common Good to self-fund operating expenses and ensure 100% of donor dollars are directed to fund medical research.
The Café for The Common Good now encompasses six café outlets and a catering business run from our commercial kitchen at The Prince Charles Hospital. Café locations include four outlets across The Prince Charles and Caboolture Hospitals, one at the Kedron Emergency Services Complex, and the first in a public location at Albany Creek Central shopping centre.
Low business overheads have helped ensure financial sustainability, with every dollar profit currently returning between seven and eight dollars to community benefit. Expenses have been reduced through generous support of partners and site hosts, including low rent spaces and value driven partnerships with suppliers. The biggest saving has come through the Foundation’s partnership with Merlo Coffee Roasters, allowing our largest profit margin to come from our highest selling product – coffee.
The Café for The Common Good employs 75 staff, with hospitality training and volunteer programs in development.
The Café for The Common Good is currently powering research projects into COVID 19, dementia, heart disease and silicosis.
Clinicians and Researchers from The Prince Charles Hospital have developed whole lung lavage, a ground-breaking new treatment that provides a glimmer of hope to those suffering with artificial stone silicosis, a deadly lung disease.