Best Small Grant 2018

The Snow Foundation for the Women’s Centre for Health Matters

The Snow Foundation uses a gender-lens in grantassessment, grant-making and follow-up across its themes: education, jobs, health and homelessness. The Foundation seeks to invest in specific women’s programs and showed exemplary leadership when supporting the Assistance Beyond Crisis Micro-finance initiative for survivors of domestic violence.

The idea for this loan was born from the ‘Beyond Crisis’ Forums held in Canberra in April 2016, an initiative of government to explore new ways to assist women leaving domestic violence situations following recent research. The Snow Foundation and Women for Health Matters suggested the idea, and The Snow Foundation pledged a funding commitment early, demonstrating leadership and commitment. It required persistence and perseverance to get it off the ground including developing how it would work, the financial provider, and the goal to fund-raise $250k to operationalise it.

A small working group was established with Women for Health Matters, Domestic Violence Crisis, The Snow Foundation and Deloitte. The Snow Foundation’s goal was to ensure it was a community driven initiative and gain as many community members (businesses, individuals, philanthropists) to contribute to the funding pool to raise awareness of local women experiencing domestic violence and encourage the whole community to be a part of the solution. The micro finance loan facility was the only idea that became a reality from the seven forums and subsequent meetings. The Snow Foundation gave confidence to other businesses to join forces and also commit.

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Debate: Is philanthropy future ready?


  • Tony Kalm, One Acre Fund 
  • Sue Cunningham, CASE
  • Michael Lynch AM, Sydney Community Foundation


  • Lani Evans, Vodafone NZ Foundation
  • José Pedro Ferrão, United Way
  • Caitriona Fay, Perpetual Limited