Our history

The People First Bank Foundation has a history of supporting the communities in which it operates. Under the new brand, and larger organisation we look forward to spreading our philosophy to benefit many more.


Rebranding to People First Bank Foundation

The Foundation rebranded to People First Bank Foundation, expanding its reach to cover Victoria, South Australia, Northern Territory.


Record year for donations

The Foundation supported 35 charities by donating a record $304,853.


Over $100k is donated to assist the QLD and NSW flood victims

In addition to our annual grant program, we donated $117,000 to GIVIT to help support those affected by the devastating floods in Queensland and North New South Wales.



Our support continues to grow

We supported 11 charities by donating $89,171.


Our first grants round - one of many to come

The COVID-19 Kick Start Grants were announced with $90,000 committed to go to nine eligible charitable organisations impacted by the COVID-19 crisis.


Together we can make a difference

The Heritage Bank Charitable Foundation launched and started accepting donations from the public establishing itself as a central location for community members to donate, knowing their funds will be shared with charities in need. 


The start of something big

Heritage Bank announced that it would be starting the Heritage Bank Charitable Foundation with a $2 million investment to fund a grants program to assist charities Australia wide.


From Building Society to Bank

‘Heritage Building Society became Heritage Bank, but our customer-owned structure and commitment to helping Australians reach their financial goals remained stronger than ever.


Future proofing

Heritage reached the milestone of $5 billion total consolidated assets, guaranteeing our stability to support our community for many years to come.


Community Banking

Heritage Building Society opened its first Community Branch in Crow’s Nest; a branch with a real community focus that shares its profits in the form of Community Grants. Since then, Heritage has opened six more community branches throughout South-East Queensland and combined, they have put over $47 million back into their local communities.


Putting for charity 

Heritage Building Society held its first annual Heritage Charity Golf Day, a tradition that has gone on to raise over $1 million for charities throughout South East Queensland.


Capturing moments in time

Heritage Building Society began hosting the annual Heritage Photographic Awards to show its support for artists Australia-wide and to capture our combined history through a different perspective.


Celebrating architecture

Heritage Building Society began selecting a historical house each year to feature in a magnificent Calendar House painting. These paintings are printed in an annual calendar which is made available in Heritage Bank branches every year for gold coin donation. This venture has raised over $300,000 to support Queensland charities.


Great minds combine

The Toowoomba Permanent and Darling Downs Building society merged to become Heritage Building Society and its customer-owned People first philosophy became the pillar for everything we do.


Growing community

Darling Downs Building Society was formed to provide additional banking and financial support to the growing Darling Downs community.

Our history

Setting the scene

The Toowoomba Permanent Building Society was established, setting the scene for us to help our community achieve their dreams for years to come.

Latest News