We Are JMF

JMF provides financial assistance to purchase items such as new wheelchairs, vehicle and house modifications, surgery and medical assistance, computers, remedial aids or any item that improves the quality of life for the child and their family.


The John Maclean Foundation (JMF) exists to change the lives of young Australians who use wheelchairs.


Our mission is to inspire, motivate and enable these great kids to chase their dreams.

Legal Status

JMF holds official charitable status and is registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC). JMF is also endorsed as a Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) by the ATO.

How Your Donations are Used

Custom fitted wheelchairs

An average custom manual wheelchair for a child costs around $5,000. A power wheelchair can cost as much as $20,000.

Home modifications

Houses need special fittings to provide a little wheelie with access, or assistance to complete day to day tasks.A bathroom hoist can cost more than $10,000.

Vehicle modifications

Modifications to make a vehicle accessible and safe for a young wheelie costs in excess of $30,000.  Modification business will not modify a vehicle older than ten years old.

Computers, remedial aids

or any item that improves the quality of life for the child and their family.

In most cases our families are surviving on extremely low incomes, and limited Government assistance, whilst incurring extraordinary costs associated with the welfare of their child.

Board Members

John Maclean

Founder & Executive Board Member

Rob Jennings


Ross Cochrane

Board Member

Tony Doherty

Board Member

JMF Ambassadors

Pete Jacobs

JMF Ambassador

Tony Burns

JMF Ambassador

JMF Partner Agencies

We’ve had the privilege to work with some awesome agencies

These are the teams that work with our kids on a regular basis.
These are the teams we contact to find out who needs us the most.

The JMF has been instrumental in improving the lives of many of the children and families that Scope supports. In providing the material assistance that often isn’t funded by Government or other charity sources, the quality of life of children with a disability is markedly improved.

We are grateful to the JMF for the opportunity to work together in making this very tangible difference to their lives.

Charlie Spendlove | Scope, General Manager Product, Brand and Marketing

Over the last three years the John Maclean Foundation have supported sixteen children with disabilities and their families, to purchase equipment that assists them with their mobility. This equipment allows them to access their communities and expand their life experiences. This generosity supports Northcott in its aim to build an inclusive society where people can live the life they choose.

Kerry Stubbs | Northcott, CEO

The John Maclean Foundation has truly gone above and beyond to help change the lives of children living with Cerebral Palsy. The financial support of JMF has enabled us to purchase equipment, run programs and much more, however the impact of that support has meant more than 50 children in Queensland are now living the life they choose.

Ben Cox | CPL, GM of Fundraising