Impact100 Melbourne is a membership-style giving circle with a mission to reach under-served parts of Melbourne, raise the profile of lesser-known charities, highlight unmet needs and increase involvement in philanthropy across Melbourne.
We use the highly-successful ‘Impact100’ model which is 100 members contributing a minimum $1000 each to create a minimum $100,000 pool for high-impact granting. We run a fabulous program for those new to philanthropy, and also for PAFs who want to become members to enable their own learning and further collaboration. All contributions are tax deductible and are managed as a sub-fund of the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation.
We are not a set and forget giving circle. We match our high impact giving with high-touch philanthropy, allowing our members access and opportunity to learn about issues, be involved in the grant-making process and be as hands on as they desire. We run Pub Philanthropy and Porridge Philanthropy in the CBD on a regular basis to unite, inform and inspire our members. Our volunteer committee consists of highly experienced philanthropy practitioners and educators, business professionals as well as private donors and wealth advisors.
We take a thematic approach each year, which allows us to delve into the issue and understand the Melbourne-based organisations working at the coalface. In 2013 our theme was ‘refugees’. In 2014 we are working on homelessness. Part of this year’s donor engagement and learning has involved working with The Big Issue in Melbourne, who have helped us understand the issues and introduced us to one of their vendors who shared his personal experience of homelessness with our donors. We are soon to short-list our 2014 applications to the final four, who will present to donors at our annual Presentation and Grant Awards Dinner. Come join us. Have fun and make a difference in Melbourne – the most liveable city in the world … for some of us!
River Nile Learning Centre was the recipient of the inaugural 2013 grant, which allowed this dynamic, yet fledgling organisation to employ its first full-time staff members in director Lisa Wilson and tutor co-ordinator Emily Lewis.
This enabled River Nile to expand its educational services to meet the evolving needs of the African refugee community, as well as to investigate and develop income-generating programs which will help RNLC become more sustainable. Our 2013 finalists were Fitted for Work, The Social Studio and 100 Story Building.
Carol Schwartz AO
Funders: The Pace Foundation, with The NR Peace & Justice Fund, Lenko Family Foundation, Melliodora Fund, (a sub-fund of the Australian Communities Foundation), Sarah Brenan, (Hamer Family Fund), The Mullum Trust, Vicki Olsson.
For-purpose: Beyond Zero Foundation
Award partner: Australian Environmental Grantmakers Network