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Peers prepare for innovative approach to grantmaking

October 09th, 2019

Ten organisations are primed to take part in the final stage of a unique peer-to-peer philanthropy initiative that will feature each of them working together on projects to break the cycle of disadvantage.

The Paul Ramsay Foundation and Philanthropy Australia have brought the 10 organisations together in an innovative move that will see the applicants determine which five organisations are successful grantees.

The program was developed in collaboration with the Social Impact Hub that ran the Solve It Australia masterclasses including the problem-solving framework to develop the projects.

The 10 organisations that will feature in the first iteration of Creating Partnerships for Potential – A Peer To Peer Initiative are: Asthma Australia, the Burnet Institute, Campbell Page Limited, Fitzroy Legal Service, Good Cycles Limited, Hand Up Mallee, Neami National, Star Health, The Benevolent Society and The Smith Family.

The next stage of the process is a two-day residential program which will feature collective development and evaluation of each of the 10 proposals before the participants decide which five ideas receive funding.

Philanthropy Australia CEO Sarah Davies welcomed the Paul Ramsay Foundation’s support to deliver the pioneering approach.

“We will continue to look for ways to make philanthropy in Australia as inclusive, collaborative and effective as possible,’’ she said.

 Ramsay Foundation Chief Capabilities Officer Jo Taylor said the Foundation didn’t “have all the answers.’’

“We are experimenting with new ways of working; enabling the Paul Ramsay Foundation initiatives to be led by the expertise of the individuals and organisations working deep in communities all over Australia,’’ she said.

The 10 projects include supporting the legal decision-making of people with disabilities, building health professionals’ capacity to reduce asthma hospitalisations and early childhood development factors.

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