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Double shot of coffee and communities gives a boost to people experiencing homelessness

Nick Place Fri, 16 Feb 2024

There are 40 community foundations across Australia, engaged in deeply connected and life-changing work at a local level. A powerful example is the Inner North Community Foundation that provided $20,000 to the big-hearted not-for-profit St Mary’s House of Welcome in Melbourne. The grant provided a coffee machine and barista training to provide long-term prospects to people experiencing homelessness.

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Where home ownership is a stepping stone to independence

Sophie Marcard, Director, Marketing and Communications Fri, 15 Dec 2023

Innovation is so often driven by the insights and passion that come from personal experience and this is the case for Glenn Keys AO and the not-for-profit social enterprise Project Independence. The affordable housing provider was established with philanthropic support and is dedicated to helping people with intellectual disabilities achieve the goal that every individual deserves – the pride and security of home ownership and independent living. The impacts extend beyond bricks and mortar, and Project Independence is an inspiring example of what can be achieved when we reimagine what’s possible.


Renting in Australia and the role of philanthropy

Erin Dolan, Program Manager, Lord Mayor's Charitable Foundation Fri, 15 Dec 2023

The state of the housing market has made finding safe, secure and affordable properties increasingly difficult for the near-third of Australians who rent their home. Housing insecurity can lead to homelessness and addressing this most fundamental of needs is the first step to good health, education, employment and an equitable society for all. Renting is not such a precarious option in other countries. What are the political and economic conditions that have led to Australia’s rental crisis and how can philanthropy do more to support renters and drive a systems-level shift? Erin Dolan, Program Manager at the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation and Chair of Philanthropy Australia’s Affordable Housing Funders Network, provides her view.

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Demystifying social impact bonds: the Arc SIB

Patrick Bollen, Manager, Impact Investing, Social Ventures Australia Fri, 18 Aug 2023

Social Ventures Australia (SVA) has launched the Arc Social Impact Bond aimed at breaking the cycle of reoffending and homelessness, whilst expecting to deliver competitive risk-adjusted returns to impact investors. Pat Bollen, Impact Investing Manager at SVA, explains how social impact bonds work and the innovative collaboration behind the Arc SIB.  

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Under Cover film continues to move audiences at community screenings

Diana Hodgetts Fri, 17 Mar 2023

It was a pleasant summer evening in the East Melbourne suburb of Ringwood last night as a mostly female crowd packed into Karralyka Centre for a sold-out screening of Sue Thomson’s documentary Under Cover.


Philanthropy’s role in home ownership

Erin Dolan, Senior Program Manager – Homelessness and Affordable Housing, Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation Thu, 13 Oct 2022

​To use what is now a well-established cliché, these are unprecedented times. COVID-19 and the lockdown measures put in place have greatly affected our way of life. They have shown us the importance of having a safe, secure home – and also the large group of people who don’t have one.

Are tiny homes the solution to the affordable housing crisis?

Erin Dolan, Senior Program Manager – Homelessness and Affordable Housing, Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation Fri, 5 Nov 2021

Australia has two of the top ten most unaffordable housing markets in the world in Sydney and Melbourne.  A global pandemic has not made this situation better, with increased property prices in most Australian capitals. 

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