This Surry Hills café is at the forefront of the new wave of socially conscious eating in Sydney. The brainchild of philanthropist Matthew Byrne, who co-founded the Pure Foundation, Gratia’s bottom line is to give back. And that it does, with 50 percent of profits going to the Pure Foundation - which supports charities around the world, and the other half to a charity of your choice. The pursuit of excellence also extends to the menu; co head chefs Jo Ward and Michelle Powell (who also run the kitchen at Folonomo next door, Gratia’s night-time offering) are putting out dishes that are both nourishing and delicious.
Social enterprises and not-for-profit endeavours are taking root in the city, and we’ve put together a list of the most enticing ventures. From providing employment training to refugees and asylum seekers, to creating sustainable income for widows in Sri Lanka, these change makers are giving back.