‘From Little Things Big Things Grow: The Role of Small Grants’ is the title of our latest issue of Australian Philanthropy, which should have arrived in Members’ and Subscribers’ mail last week.
A number of philanthropic foundations have changed their focus in recent times to address broad policy issues through major, long term relationships with large organisations. With this emphasis on ‘strategic philanthropy’, small not-for-profit organisations have found it harder than ever to obtain small grants for comparatively small projects. There remain a number of foundations, however, who are achieving some inspiring results and real change in the health of communities and lives of individuals through flexible and responsive small grants.
This issue features articles by Sylvia Geddes, EO of The R E Ross Trust, and Helen Cook from the Walter and Eliza Hall Trust, exploring the importance of this type of philanthropy. Our feature interview makes fascinating reading as Jan Stewart explains the genesis of LotteryWest and how they achieve a 95% grant application success rate! From Australia’s oldest philanthropic foundation (as far as we know ...) - Wyatt Benevolent Institution, to one of our most recent - the Swinburne Philanthropy Alumni Trust, we hear first-hand why these very different grant-makers choose to offer small grants programs.
As always, a couple of key articles are available on the ‘Australian Philanthropy’ website, so if you haven’t yet subscribed you can read these online. http://www.philanthropy.org.au/services/journal.htm
Oct. 22, 2007
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