Congratulations OG Marie Mortimer (Class of 1999) and - QCF 2021 SME Philanthropist of the Year

Congratulations to Marie Mortimer (Class of 1999) - Managing Director of, recently named QCF 2021 SME Philanthropist of the Year at the QCE Philanthropy Awards. 

In 2011, Somerville House Old Girl Marie Mortimer launched as an online lender to make home loans affordable and easily accessible to people all over Australia, all from the comfort of their own home. She challenged traditional bricks and mortar banks and the business has since grown to have more than $6 billion of home and car loans under management. is part of the Firstmac Group who has $14 billion of loans and is Australia's 12th largest lender and Queensland's 3rd largest lender.


Marie wants to be more than just an online lender, and leads her company with purpose and wider community impact in mind.  "At, people are at heart of everything we do, and that doesn’t stop at supporting customers with their loans and being a good employer. We also support the local community through our Women, Children & Community Program, which was created to bring our existing community work under one banner and put a plan in place to grow in the years to come." Marie says. 

Elaborating on key inspirations to their current program, Marie highlights "Given recent events such as COVID-19, many Australians are now in a more vulnerable position than ever. We launched the program during our 10th anniversary as a way to help raise awareness for important causes, like Share the Dignity helping women in need, Challenge DV which brings domestic violence out of the shadows, or the Steve Waugh Foundation helping improve the quality of life for families of children with rare diseases. Every staff member at has a free paid charity day each year, to connect and give back to our local community."


The three categories of the Program include Women (such as the QUT Female Entrepreneur Scholarship, Women in Digital, Women in Finance, and the NRLW Brisbane Broncos), Children (such as the Steve Waugh Foundation, Baby Give Back, Ronald McDonald House and local junior sporting clubs), and Community (featuring Challenge DV, Share the Dignity, The Mini Farm Project, Wesley Mission Queensland).


Of receiving the award Marie says "We were so proud and honoured to be awarded as the SME Philanthropist of the Year at the 2021 Queensland Community Foundation Philanthropy Awards. The QCF SME Philanthropist of the Year award recognises a business whose grass-roots level of charitable support has impacted the local community, and was awarded to just months after the launch of the program."


"This award really isn't about us, but about the local community that we support. We dedicated this award to our community partners in our Women, Children & Community Program - the work you do is very inspiring and we are just playing a small part in your success. Thanks to Share the Dignity, QUT, Brisbane Broncos, Women In Digital, Steve Waugh Foundation, Baby Give Back, Women in Finance QLD, Challenge DV, Wesley Mission Queensland - this is for you."


For more information on the Women, Children & Community Program, you can visit: was also winner of Business Woman of The Year at the 2020 Greater Brisbane Women in Business Awards and was Finalist for Business Person of the Year at the 2021 Brisbane Lord Mayor's Business Awards. 


Marie is a proud Somerville House Old Girl and now a Somerville parent with her daughter, Frances, attending prep this year. Our congratulations go to Marie for her incredible achievements and generous contributions back to the community. Your philanthropic efforts are a source of inspiration and we wish you the best for the future. 



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