Catch up on the nonprofit sector’s fundraising news for the month! Find out about all of the activity, moves and updates within nonprofit organisations and philanthropy. The F&P team reports.

Catch up with our June fundraising update! Find out all the activity, moves and news within fundraising and philanthropy. You are welcome to email Lise your news at [email protected].


australian of the year awardsDo you know the next Australian of the Year?

Nominations are now open for the 2018 Australian of the Year Awards.

Do you know someone within your organisation who has made a huge difference to the community?

Whether they have fundraised till they dropped, or are changing the world through their actions, we want to hear from you.

This year, there are four categories, meaning four chances to win – 2018 Australian of the Year, Senior Australian of the Year, Young Australian of the Year and Australia’s Local Hero.

Play your part in the search for the next Australian of the Year Awards online at or call 1300 655 193 for assistance in submitting your nomination.

The next Australian of the Year could be the person you nominate.

Nominations close midnight on Sunday 6 August 2017.

Story Caitlin Muddle. Image 2017 AOY Award Recipients (from left): Vicki Jellie, Sister Anne Gardiner, Prof Alan Mackay-Sim and Paul Vasileff. National Australia Day Council.


Good governance for the arts: register now for Canberra workshop

The Australian Council for the Arts has partnered with the Institute of Community Directors Australia (ICDA) to present a Canberra workshop taking place on 1 June for leaders of art organisations. The program forms part of the Australia Council Arts Governance Program, designed to enhance governance skills which are essential to effective leadership and sustainability.

The program is tailored specifically for those in leadership roles within small to medium organisations, including CEOs, artistic directors and board members.

It aims to provide participants with increased confidence in managing board performance and a greater understanding of contemporary good governance practices in the arts sector.

Registrations are now open for the full-day workshops, with up to three people per organisation able to attend on the same registration.

All participants receive a two-year membership to the Institute of Community Directors Australia, an Our Community enterprise that provides a suite of online resources and an active discussion forum.

Free webinars will also be offered throughout the year to ensure all organisations have access to these resources, irrespective of location or budget.

Keep an eye on the Arts Governance Program website for further dates, and information on additional and upcoming workshops.

To register your business visit ICDA or contact [email protected].

Story Caitlin Muddle.


ChildFund Pass It Back alongside partners aims to inspire one million new rugby players in Asia by 2020

ChildFund Pass It Back has been named as a key partner to IMPACT Beyond Rugby World Cup 2019. The pair aim to achieve important social outcomes for disadvantaged communities in Asia by influencing one million new participants to the game by 2020.

Operating alongside all major World Rugby events, IMPACT Beyond programs focus on development, participation, coaching, volunteering and business programs aimed at supporting the growth of the game.

ChildFund Pass It Back is an innovative Sport for Development program that uses rugby to equip children and young people in Asia to overcome challenges, inspire positive social change and ‘pass it back’ to their communities.

As part of the IMPACT Beyond strategy, which has a strong focus on gender equity, ChildFund Pass It Back is being expanded in Laos and Vietnam, and starting to be introduced to other countries within Asia.

Nigel Spence, CEO of ChildFund Australia, said, “Through our involvement in IMPACT Beyond 2019, not only will thousands of children and youth have the opportunity to learn the skills of rugby and take part in organised sport – often for the first time – but they will also benefit from a valuable life skills curriculum which will inspire them to become strong leaders and role models within their communities.”

Story Caitlin Muddle.


TAL and the Royal Flying Doctors Service launch three-year partnership

TAL, an Australian life insurance specialist, has announced the launch of a three-year partnership with The Royal Flying Doctors Service of Australia (RFDS), providing financial support to help it deliver life-improving medical services and expertise to Australians.

TAL’s Chief Customer and Innovation Officer, Fiona Macgregor, said the partnership brings together two organisations that share a focus on finding innovative ways to make a real difference.

“As a national major partner, TAL will work with the RFDS to support and promote the positive health care services and expertise provided across regional Australia, including education around health,” Macgregor said. “Accessing health services in rural and remote Australia can be very difficult, and through our support, we will help them to bridge this gap and improve the lifestyles of people in these areas.”

RFDS CEO, Martin Laverty, said: “The RFDS understands the health challenges faced by regional and remote communities. TAL’s support will help us further our leading position in providing universal access to primary health care across Australia.”

The RFDS is one of the largest and most comprehensive aeromedical organisations in the world and uses aviation, medical and communications technology to provide health care and 24-hour emergency services to those who live, work and travel throughout Australia.

TAL insures more than 3.7 million Australians and last year paid more than $1.4 billion in claims supporting customers in their time of need.

Story Caitlin Muddle.

DTV releases new filmDTV releases new film

DTV, together with Compassion in World Farming, have released a new film, aimed at policy makers and wildlife supporters.

The film was created for the Stop the Machine campaign. It portrays the devastating impact of the global animal farming industry on the world’s ecosystems and endangered animal species.

It is dramatic in style and achieves simplicity in presenting the complex issue of global agribusiness trade for its target audience.

It can be viewed here and via Compassion’s Facebook page.

Story Natalie Petrohelos.


Powershop announces $100,000 worth of grants to fund green energy in the community

Australian energy company Powershop Australia has announced it is looking for community energy projects, as part of its Your Community Energy projects, to give away more than $100,000 worth of grants.

Powershop spokesperson Abbie Allen said, “Our Your Community Energy initiative was developed to help support not-for-profit and other community organisations to generate their own energy and reduce electricity bills. Powershop customers have collectively contributed more than $170,000 to support local green energy projects which proves how important renewable energy is to customers. We want to support any community group or not-for-profit organisation leading a local project that is looking for funding to support a renewable energy solution in their community.”

Powershop has already announced seven $10,000 grants for local energy projects.

If you want to submit a project, email Powershop at [email protected]

Story Caitlin Muddle.


Beyond fundraising – sustaining business models

Spark Strategy, an agency for strategic thinking, transformation and sustained action, has released a white paper aiming to help create more effective corporate and non-for-profit partnerships.

Managing Director Geogre Liacos said, “Partnership is not only a means to an end, it is an end in and of itself. More importantly, partnership is one of the key drivers to the new economy, where purpose and profit blend to deliver healthy, thriving and wealthy communities.”

It addresses different types of partnerships, how to manage them and potential barriers to success.

The white paper was designed to provide practical examples and tips to help those trying to do great things.

For more information, resources, services or connections you can contract Spark at [email protected] or on +61 3 8804 1731, or +61 2 8076 9399.

Story Caitlin Muddle.

The ASRC Telethon hopes to raise $300,000 for refugees

On 20 June, the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre will be holding a telethon to raise much needed funds and awareness for the thousands of refugees seeking asylum. The day marks World Refugee Day, with its importance as high as ever.

Australia has over 3,000 people seek asylum every year and in order to provide the required assistance the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre is hoping to raise $300,000. All the funds raised will go towards providing safe housing, food, legal aid and mental health services.

The telethon will be supported by many local and national public figures, including Missie Higgins, Sam Pang, Courtney Barnett, Samual Johnson, Susan Carland and Meshel Laurie.

“There is no message more powerful we can send on World Refugee Day than the message of welcome, compassion, hope and love towards refugees,” said Asylum Seeker Resource Centre’s CEO, Kon Karapanagiotidis. “We acknowledge World Refugee Day because we know that those most precious values that we hold dear to our hearts are rights denied to some 65 million people globally right now who are refugees, people seeking asylum or Internally Displaced Persons.”

To find more information visit

Story Brad Mayall


QBE - Indigenous StoryQBE donates $10,000 to help Indigenous youth

During the annual Sir Doug Nicholls Indigenous AFL round on 26 May, QBE donated $10,000 to GO Foundation. The foundation helps raise funds to support and make a difference to education for Indigenous Australians across the country.

The donation was presented to two of the founders of GO Foundation, Adam Goodes and Michael O’Loughlin, following the game. O’Loughlin stated the foundation was thrilled with the ongoing support from QBE.

“Support from organisations like QBE help the GO Foundation provide more opportunities to Indigenous youth and through education give them a brighter future,” he said.

The $10,000 will be used to, for the first time, provide GO Foundation scholarships to public schools. GO Foundation plans to begin the new public school scholarships in 2018.

Story Brad Mayall


Myanmar story - 1ChildFund Australia hopes to boost education in Myanmar

ChildFund Australia has today released a first of its kind report on the enormous struggles Myanmar faces in undoing years of neglect in its education system. Myanmar has suffered decades of struggles including what many call the world’s longest-running civil war.

A National Education Strategic Plan is being launched outlining a five-year roadmap to develop a high-quality education system.

According to Nigel Spence, CEO of ChildFund Australia, the education system in Myanmar has stagnated and it is vital for the country’s development that it improves.

Spence said, “Myanmar has a highly youthful demographic in comparison to Australia, which is battling with the challenges of an ageing population. This is a powerful resource that can be harnessed through improvements to education, and why organisations such as ChildFund are committed to supporting the government’s new strategy and ambitions.

“Access to education is not only the right of every child, but will ensure that this fledgling democracy can develop a skilled workforce able to meet the challenges of the 21st century.”

Myanmar, located in South-East Asia, is viewed by experts as having great economic potential through its natural resources, tourism and hydropower. Perhaps the greatest asset will be its human capital.

ChildFund hopes donations for improved education will help put an end to child exploitation. Children in Myanmar on average receive less than five years of education. ChildFund hopes that with fundraising, youth within Myanmar will be able to receive a better education.

Story Brad Mayall


Foodbank Queensland 1Media personality Natalie Gruzelwski has teamed up with Foodbank Queensland to help keep families fed this winter

The Key Staples Program, run by Foodbank, is able to convert every $1 donation into $7 worth of food. Natalie Gruzelwski, who is best known for her roles hosting Getaway and The Farmer Wants a Wife, has been a long-time supporter of Foodbank and has always been committed to promoting healthy lifestyles for Australian families. “I’m so excited to be teaming up with Foodbank Queensland to help others warm up this winter,” said Gruzelwski.

The program relies on staple items such as pasta, canned vegetables and long-life milk.

The cost of helping a struggling family is less than you would expect with a $35 donation able to help feed a small family for a month, according to Foodbank.

Gruzelwski said, “The cost of staying warm this winter is getting harder for many families, individuals and the elderly, and unfortunately food is the easiest bill to cut back on.”

For more information visit

Story Brad Mayall.


acnc double defaultersRegistered charities may lose charity status

Over 100 registered charities are at risk of losing their charity status for twice failing to submit their Annual Information Statements to the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC).

The ACNC Commissioner, Susan Pascoe AM, said these charities have until 24 June 2017 to submit their outstanding reports, to avoid revocation.

“If their charity status is revoked, these charities will lose access to generous Commonwealth charity tax concessions,” Pascoe said.

“I encourage donors, volunteers and members of the public to check the list and if they are associated with one of the charities, or know someone who is, to please contact the ACNC immediately. We want to offer those charities that are still operating every opportunity to maintain their registration with the ACNC.”

Registered charities at risk of revocation can be found at

Further information about charity reporting requirements, including the Annual Information Statement, is available at

Story Natalie Petrohelos.


Dr Sam Prince SizedZambrero donates 15 million meals for hungry Australians and those in need around the world

Australian based Mexican restaurant franchise Zambrero has donated 15 million meals for Australians facing food scarcity. The Plate 4 Plate initiative was set up by Zambrero founder and philanthropist, Dr Sam Prince, and the company donates one meal for every burrito or bowl purchased.

“Fifteen million meals is an incredible milestone and just one stepping stone in our goal to donate a billion meals by 2025,” he said.

Recent studies by Foodbank Australia have revealed one in six Australians face food scarcity. Foodbank CEO, Brianna Casey, said, “By building philanthropic initiatives into their goals, local businesses can change the lives of many everyday Australians experiencing hardship. Together, we can help get these people back on their feet.”

According to Foodbank, food scarcity is a growing concern in Australia with two million people seeking food relief every year. Zambrero also hopes to help those in need of food around the world through Rise Against Hunger.

For more information on Zambrero’s Plate 4 Plate initiative visit

Story Brad Mayall.


QIMR Berghofer generic science shot sizedHonda Foundation donates Cell incubator for testing against disease

The Honda Foundation is helping research into finding cures for debilitating diseases such as cancer and mental disorders. The foundation has donated a Cell Culture (C02) incubator to aid QIMR Berghofer in its testing for cures against disease. QIMR Berghofer has been finding cures and vaccines for diseases around the world for over 70 years, including formulating a malaria vaccine and the discovery of the Ross River Virus.

The Honda Foundation raises funding from Honda dealers around the country. Honda Foundation chairman, Stephen Collins, said, “While medical research has increased the average Australian’s lifespan over the past 100 years, there is always more to be done.

“We want to make a contribution in helping Australians to continue living longer, healthier lives and there is still progress to be made for sufferers of diseases that remain incurable.”

The new incubator will replace an old existing one to ensure all further studies done are reliable thanks to having the most up to date equipment.

For more information about the Honda Foundation visit

Story Brad Mayall.


Start Space State Library Victoria Ground FloorAustralian businesswoman Christine Christian donates $2 million to State Library Victoria

Leading Australian businesswoman Christine Christian has helped State Library Victoria create a new centre to support early stage entrepreneurs as part of its Vision 2020 redevelopment. The centre, known as Start Space, will provide free access to resources, services, programs and mentors to transform business ideas from concept to reality.

Christian has over 30 years’ experience in financial services, private equity and digital media, including executive and advisory roles in both Australia and around the world. She was the first woman in Australian history to have led a management buyout, that of Dun & Bradstreet’s Australia and New Zealand division.

Christian said, Start Space will, “…support those looking to embark on an entrepreneurial journey. It will take the fear out of getting started and providing access to the right support, advice and networks. For those keen to innovate across any field – creative, artistic, tech, or social enterprise – Start Space will be a game-changer.”

State Library CEO, Kate Torney, said, “What we’re creating is unique in that it provides free support at that critical starting point for people who are developing their idea but aren’t yet ready to take the leap into the start-up world.

“It will be an early incubator and a launch pad to set people up for success and, in turn, will make an important contribution to Victoria’s burgeoning creative and innovation economies.”

It’s estimated that more than 5 million Australian jobs will disappear in the next 15 years so more and more people are likely to be self-employed in the future.

Start Space is set to open at State Library Victoria in 2019. To learn more about other Vision 2020 projects visit

Story Brad Mayall.


Kenya school studentsChildFund and iCARE band together for education in developing countries

ChildFund Australia and the International Christian Aid Relief Enterprise (iCare) have to joined forces and combined their decades of experience to help improve education for children in developing nations.

ChildFund manages programs throughout Asia, Africa and the Americas while iCARE currently undertakes projects in Kenya and the Philippines. Nigel Spence, CEO of ChildFund Australia, said, “We have a great amount of respect for the work that iCare undertakes and the support it has secured from the Australian public. So, we are excited to see how combining our strengths will bring positive change to even more children in a way that is innovative, effective and cost-efficient.”

Julian Fewtrell, Chair of iCARE, said, “We are delighted to be aligning with a like-minded organisation that so clearly shares our purpose and values. It presents a wonderful opportunity to expand our work to even more communities as part of the larger ChildFund Alliance network.”

In recent years both organisations have been committed to implementing new or improved schools, teacher training, educational resources and learning programs to developing countries.

Both organisations were established in the 1980s in Australia to help aid global poverty. They help countries with education, healthcare, water, nutrition and child protection.

The formal transition will take place on 1 July 2017, which will see iCARE become a subsidiary of ChildFund Australia.

For more information on ChildFund visit

Story Brad Mayall.


Canon Oceania launches grant program – Inspiring Tomorrow

Canon is offering over $30,000 worth of grants this year made up of Canon equipment. The annual grant program supports schools and not-for-profit groups that address issues that impact the environment or that are making their communities a better place. The grant will be broken up into three categories for Australia and another three for New Zealand. The categories are; environmental, education and community, each being worth $5000.

Managing Director of Canon Oceania, Yusuke Mizoguchi, said, “Canon is thrilled to launch our new Grants Program – Inspiring Tomorrow, which brings to life our corporate philosophy of Kyosei, meaning ‘living and working together for the common good’. Canon supports those making a positive contribution in their communities and wants to empower them with the tools to share their story.

“Each year we’re humbled by the selfless acts of not-for-profit organisations, schools, environmental and community programs, and we are excited to broaden the program this year to also give a helping hand to those addressing social issues and encourage anyone who fits this criteria to apply.”

One of the winners of the grant in 2016, Living Ocean, used its grant to continue its mission of raising awareness of human impact on oceanic health. Founder of Living Ocean, Robbi Newman, said, “We were grateful to receive two Canon cameras, the XC10 and the G3X, which have allowed us to raise awareness of the fragility of our oceans and to highlight the need to care for them. We use the equipment to document Shearwater populations and the impact of plastics in their diet plus population effects from overfishing on Lord Howe Island.”

Applications are open until Friday 4 August and the winner will be announced Friday 29 September.

To apply for a grant, entrants should fill in the application form here.

Story Brad Mayall.


Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation helps bring food to Melbourne

The Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation is launching a new community campaign this winter called, Changing Melbourne for Good. The campaign encourages people to become more involved in community philanthropy to help make Melbourne be the best city it can be.

CEO of Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation, Catherine Brown, said, “There is a lot to do and we are continuing our focus on increasing the supply of affordable housing in Melbourne; the transition to a low carbon future; reducing youth unemployment; building community resilience; and ensuring a sustainable food system.”

The first initiative is the Food Security Campaign. The campaign builds on the work of the University of Melbourne which found that Melbourne’s food bowl has the capacity to supply around 41% of the city’s food needs. The campaign encourages and supports communities to grow their own food and share it with others. Brown stressed the importance for the initiative to account for the growing population of the city and the need for it to be drought proof.

Host from ABC’s Gardening Australia, Costa Georgiadis, has been named ambassador for the Food Security Campaign. “It’s so encouraging to see the work they’re doing with vulnerable communities in Melbourne and how they’re helping improve food sustainability, security and food rescue,” he said.

For more information about the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation visit

For more information about the Changing Melbourne for Good campaign visit

Story Brad Mayall.


Melbourne Youth Projects awarded for increasing employment

Nonprofit organization Youth Projects has been presented with the prestigious Steve Lawrence Award at the CoAct National Conference in Brisbane. In addition, the organisation received three further outstanding achievement awards for contributions to changing the lives of underprivileged youths and improving homelessness in Melbourne.

Over the last 12 months, the organisation has aided over 250 young people into either their first secure job, or engaged them back into some form of training or studies. The achievement comes at a time when the area is becoming one of the highest rates of youth joblessness in the country. On the subject, Melanie Raymond, Chair of Youth Projects, commented “Despite a hostile job market… we must not give up on unemployed youth because a job is life changing for them.”

The Steve Lawrence Innovation Award recognises a CoAct member organisation that has developed an innovative approach to improving employment opportunities, social inclusion, and/or community strength.

For further information on Youth Projects, go to

Story: Caitlin Muddle. 


Cure Brain Cancer Foundation receiving applications for grants

The Cure Brain Cancer FMichelle Stewart correct sizeoundation, which aims to provide funding for research for treatments into brain cancer, is now receiving applications for two grants for the month of June. These are the Innovation Grant and the Early Career Fellowship Grant. Over the past five years the foundation has invested more than $11.8 million in research for the projects.

Michelle Stewart, Head of Research Strategy, has explained the need for increased funding into brain cancer, stating that it is, “Currently difficult to find financial support to explore potentially game-changing brain cancer research ideas.”

Applications for the Innovation Grant opened on 5 June, with the successful applicant receiving $115,000.

The Early Career Fellowship Grant, opens on 19 June, aims to attract new researchers and to entice them into working within the field on a long-term basis.

To find out more about the Cure Brain Cancer Foundation visit

For information about the grants contact Sofia at [email protected].

Story: Caitlin Muddle.  


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