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‘You know what you’re doing’: Kim Collard was key to Kimberly recovery fund

Allison Harding Fri, 12 Jul 2024

In early 2023, Western Australia’s Kimberley region was battered by ex-tropical Cyclone Ellie, with damage to property and infrastructure isolating already vulnerable communities. Here, we learn the story behind how the Fremantle Foundation and Kim Collard’s Bibbulmun Fund worked with local community leaders to ensure support made it to the right people and places.

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New gender-wise resource launched to support philanthropic collaborations

Philanthropy Australia Fri, 26 Apr 2024

Australians Investing In Women (AIIW) and the University of Melbourne's Melbourne Social Equity Institute (MSEI) have launched a comprehensive resource to increase the impact of philanthropic and social investments.

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Philanthropy gets behind bid to revitalise regional journalism

Nick Richardson, Melbourne Press Club CEO Fri, 1 Mar 2024

Since leaving Philanthropy Australia as our former storyteller, Nick Richardson has made an interesting transition – not just to the role of Melbourne Press Club CEO, but to being a grantseeker. He talks about the experience and how it has led to an innovative philanthropic partnership to support cadetships for school leavers from diverse regional communities to embark on journalism careers.

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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.

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English Family Foundation named Runner-Up in global Catalyst 2030 Awards

Fri, 15 Dec 2023

The English Family Foundation has been honoured for its work in supporting social entrepreneurs at a global event, the Catalyst 2030 Awards for Systemic Change 2023. The Foundation was awarded Runner Up in the category of Overall Best Donor last month at the gala event in London, hosted by Princess Diana’s brother, Charles Spencer, the 9th Earl Spencer, at his private residence, Spencer House.

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Paul Ramsay Foundation’s $5m boost to data social enterprise set to create more jobs for neurodivergent people

Fri, 17 Nov 2023

A significant expansion in career pathways for neurodivergent people in data and engineering is set to open following a $5 million boost to one of Australia’s fastest growing work-integration social enterprises from philanthropy. The Paul Ramsay Foundation (PRF) announced this week that it would partner with Australian Spatial Analytics (ASA) to provide a blended finance package incorporating $2.5 million in grant funding and $2.5 million in impact investment to the social enterprise’s national scaling plans.

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