Astra Taylor

Lifting the lid on predatory lending

So, what's the big idea?

Astra is driven to help individuals take back control of their own debt data and financial futures. Predatory lending and exploitative debt practices cripple borrowers. While it is easy to blame individual lenders for bad behaviour, the problem is much more systemic than that. Through the Debt Collective Astra is challenging established predatory practices and core beliefs around indebtedness with lenders and borrowers.

We are interested in finding out what openness looks like in the context of black box processes that affect our daily lives, but also deals with sensitive, private information. We support Astra’s work to work and learn with her.

Astra Taylor's flash grant nominations

Twice a year we award a number of small grants to a collection of social change agents, no strings attached, in support of their work. We call these Flash Grants and recipients are selected based on nominations from our Fellows. Each award is worth $5,000.

Molly Hemstreet
Rachel Herzing
Ramsey Nasser
Kelsey Kauffman

Spend breakdown

At the heart of our co-investment fellowship model is the principle that Fellows continue to invest in their own ideas. The Foundation amplifies the Fellow’s investment by matching it at least tenfold, along with covering the cost of their time for the year.

The figures you see here do not reflect each Fellow’s fellowship year funding, but rather the funds unlocked within our financial year, as the fellowship years start either March or September and Fellows are not required to spend the available funds proportionately throughout the year.


Fellow contribution: $3,936.89
Our contribution: $281,952.46
Total funds: $285,889.35


Fellow contribution: $20,395.45
Our contribution: $284,404.55
Total funds: $304,800.00


Fellow contribution: $27,356.15
Our contribution: $330,511.49
Total funds: $357,867.64
Office space
Total funding to date: