The Wheen Bee Foundation

The purpose of the Wheen Bee Foundation is to raise awareness of the importance of bees for food security, and to raise money to help fund research projects that will address the national and global threats to bees.

One in every three mouthfuls of food the world eats is dependent on bees!

And in Australia, nearly two thirds of our agricultural production benefits from honey bee pollination.

But bees are under serious threat.

The reasons for this are complex and interrelated, and they include the global spread of bee diseases, reduced availability of nectar and pollen from flowers, use of agricultural chemicals that are harmful to bees and a declining commercial beekeeping industry.

One remarkable and generous Australian woman, Gretchen Wheen, decided she wanted her estate to be used to assist with activities that would benefit bees and beekeeping for generations to come.

And so the Wheen Bee Foundation was established to support selected research, innovation and communication projects that are designed to address the complex threats to bees.


The vision of the Wheen Bee Foundation is that there will be healthy honey bees and a prosperous Australian beekeeping industry. This is essential for the delivery of crucial pollination services for the optimum production of crops and global food security.

Food security needs bee security.

You can help us – donate now – to help us save the bees.

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Our mission is to support research and innovation to safeguard national food security. We will achieve this through fundraising efforts and building awareness of the vital role the honey bee plays in food production, to foster a sustainable, viable and prosperous beekeeping industry.


  • To help fund research and innovation into honey bees and food security; and to disseminate research findings and encourage uptake of applicable outcomes

  • To raise awareness of the role and value of honey bees for food security

  • To connect interested communities of people to work towards food security for the future

  • To grow as a viable and self-sustaining Foundation that is the leading honey bee research support organisation in Australia

Guiding principles

When making decisions the Wheen Bee Foundation will be accountable for and conscious of our guiding principles, which are:

  1. To act ethically and base our decisions on sound scientific information
  2. To always engage with equity, respect, integrity and professionalism
  3. To favour decisions and actions that will promote long-term growth and sustainability of the beekeeping industry
  4. To acknowledge the essential role beekeepers play in managing healthy honey bees through all adversity
  5. To encourage knowledge sharing, openness and engagement
  6. To recognise the role other pollinators play
  7. To recognise the importance of our natural resources

You can help us – donate now – to help save the bees.