Women & Change, Queensland’s first Giving Circle, was initiated by a group of Brisbane women who are all passionate about helping people and causes in the greatest need.
Women & Change was founded in 2014 by six women wanting to create a way for women to experience high impact giving.
The founders came together at an event held by the Australian Women Donors Network. The Network had brought the ‘mother of giving circles’, Colleen Willoughby, from Seattle to Australia to advocate for women to get involved in collective giving.
Colleen Willoughby shared her story of bringing together 100 smart, talented and motivated women in her home city of Seattle who agreed to combine resources to tackle the most complex issues facing their community. The Washington Women’s Foundation has grown since 1995 to a circle of over 400 women.
The founders of Women and Change established their circle (then known as the Queensland Women’s Giving Circle) as a sub-fund of the McCullough Robertson Foundation. All donations are held within the Foundation until they are donated to grant recipients following the annual Voting Night in November each year.
Women and Change was the first giving circle established in Queensland. We are part of a growing network of giving circles in Australia bringing together like-minded people who know that one large donation of collective funds can have a big impact and change lives. This community includes the Impact 100 chapters and the Australian Women Donors Network.
What difference do we make?
Since 2014, Women and Change members have given more than $300,000 to charities changing the lives of Queenslanders in need. Our members have supported teenage carers, children suffering chronic pain, refugee women moving from welfare to work, and victims of sexual assault in regional Queensland. Read more about the organisations that have received Women & Change Grant funding here.
Our Vision: To create an empowering community for women to experience giving with impact.
Mission: Change lives by empowering women to give with impact.
To find out more about becoming a member, click here.
Funder: Accenture (Australia and New Zealand)
For-purpose: Good Return
Award partners: Australian International Development Network and the Australian Council for International Development
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