Innovative Philanthropy for Brighter Futures

Eight passionate Australians will come together today [September 18] to create a project for young people, as part of a new alternative philanthropic project called Bright Minds, Bright Futures.

Bright Minds, Bright Futures is an innovative alternative to existing models of philanthropy in Australia. The project encourages people to get more involved with how their contributed funds are spent as they come together to create a project for young people.

Eight people, made up of accomplished leaders and motivated young Australians, will come together to devise and run a sustainable youth project.

“Bright Minds, Bright Futures aims to give people a greater level of influence over where their donated money is invested,” said Susie te Velde, co-investment manager for The Foundation for Young Australians.

“Participants will learn about the philanthropic sector and hopefully go back to their communities and inspire others.”

Investors involved in the project will make a financial contribution, as well as work together in a one-day workshop to create a vision, scope and strategy for the project.  Not only will young people benefit from the experience and networks created, communities will benefit from the longer term effects of the projects.

Investors who are motivated to influence positive change and work with inspiring young Australians and wish to find out more about Bright Minds, Bright Futures contact Susie te Velde at The Foundation for Young Australians by calling (03) 9670 5436.

The Foundation for Young Australians is a national grant-making organisation committed to developing and creating exciting opportunities and effective outcomes with young Australians aged 12 to 25. The Foundation commits over $4 million each year to provide funding and support for initiatives created and delivered by young people that positively impact young Australians and strengthen their communities.  At least 20% of The Foundation’s total funding is committed to programs that benefit young Indigenous people.

FYA Website: http://www.youngaustralians.org/

Sep. 21, 2007

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