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Who is Kinfolk?

We are a café addressing social inclusion through great coffee and seasonal food. Our volunteers are the driving force of our social enterprise and their contributions make a difference with 100% of our profits being donated to our partner charities every year.

We have a new member of our family!!

Donkey Wheel House Events (DWHE) is the newest member of the family and is a business Kinfolk has been working closely with for years. Located on level 2 above Kinfolk Cafe, DWHE is where creative events belong. Hosting an event here is an opportunity to share in the good work happening in Melbourne’s home for social enterprise. Whether you are a corporate or community organisation, there are rooms and facilities perfect for your next conference, workshop or creative event. Read more!

Volunteers – our driving force

It’s the labours and love of our committed volunteers that have powered Kinfolk since the days when this space was merely dusty floor boards and yellow walls. They are the back bone of everything we do – contributing more than 6,000 hours every year to the successful operation of the café and our events.

Our dedicated management team ensure our volunteers benefit just as much from being involved as we do by having them. From all ages, races and genders, we come together in this space and for this cause. Here we share a commonality that helps us grow; collectively and individually. We have created a space full with love, acceptance and celebration for each person’s unique gift.

We give away  100% of our profits to our charity partners

We are proud to have raised more than $150,000 for these projects since opening in 2010 – something only possible through the commitment and support of an extensive community of staff, volunteers, suppliers and customers.

Interested in knowing how we distribute of profits??  Wondering how a social enterprise gives away all the profits and still survives?

Each year the Kinfolk financials are audited pro-bono by Pitcher Partners.  The audited profit figure is then distributed in three instalments (one every four months) over the next financial year.  This process ensures a safe level of working capital stays within the business to support its operation and protect against seasonal fluctuations whilst still allowing Kinfolk to distribute 100% of the profit.

To date, Kinfolk has distributed $150,000 of the money raised to our partners.

We cannot thank you enough for your continuing support.

Read about current projects

Read about our donation history