What’s been making news in the sector? Find out all the activity, moves and news within fundraising and philanthropy. Lise Taylor reports. You are welcome to email her with your news at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Honouring families living in poverty: UN International Day for the Eradication of Poverty
Opportunity International Australia says 17 October – the United Nations International Day for the Eradication of Poverty – honours the millions of families in developing countries who are working hard to free themselves from poverty.
“The UN’s theme this year – Moving from humiliation and exclusion to participation: ending poverty in all its forms – is particularly pertinent to women, who make up 70% of people living in poverty. These women are more excluded from financial services than men, leaving them financially dependent and disempowered," says Opportunity Chief Executive Officer Robert Dunn. “With 94% of Opportunity’ s loan recipients being women, this is an injustice we are steadily working to eradicate.
“Opportunity is committed to reaching families living in poverty in places such as India, Indonesia and the Philippines. In 2016 alone our outreach has grown 16%, with 3.9 million families currently accessing small loans to start a business, earn regular incomes and work their way out of poverty.
“Last month I visited some of the women who are using microfinance loans to build small businesses. They are living in rural communities outside of Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh – one of the poorest states in India. They raise buffaloes for milk, grow rice and run small shops. These businesses enable them to pay their children’ s school fees and change the future of the next generation."
In honour of the UN’s International Day for the Eradication of Poverty and Australia’s Anti-Poverty Week (16 to 22 October), Opportunity is inviting Australians to get behind the Great Australian Curry. The funds raised will go to helping families in India, Indonesia and the Philippines.
Wendy Cohen joins Country Education Foundation as CEO
The Board of Directors of Country Education Foundation (CEF) has announced the appointment of Wendy Cohen to the position of CEO.Cohen has over 14 years’ executive management experience in the nonprofit sector and a strong background in media, film and television production across Australia and the UK. She was previously CEO with Equestrian NSW. She developed significant relationships with private and public sectors in her successive nonprofit appointments with Animal Welfare League NSW and National Disability Practitioners, as well as invigorating member benefit programs.
Cohen says of her appointment: “I completed my high school education in Orange, where CEF national office is based, so it seems perfectly fitting that I am returning to lead an organisation dedicated to providing further education and training opportunities."
Ninety-year-old Peter Tripovich raises $105,000 – by walking around Australia!
In case you didn't catch the inspiring story of Peter Tripovich on Channel Seven's Sunrise, he began walking around Australia 11 years ago to raise money for orphaned kids who International Children's Care Australia support. When he had completed about 15,000km, his wife got sick so he headed back home. He had to wait 10 years to head back to the place where he'd left off and continue onward, back to Melbourne.
After 20,000km, he completed the walk on 9 October at 90 years old to much fanfare at the old GPO building in Melbourne's Bourke Street Mall. A media scrum was there to ask questions and get the story. Tripovich was very emotional, obvious to anyone looking on as he came within sight of the finish and his waiting family. He was born during the Great Depression and was an orphan himself. He didn't have any children.
Ringwood Secondary College entrepreneurs raise funds to help Indian children in poverty
Opportunity International Australia has announced that during mid October Aussie students from Ringwood Secondary College in Melbourne put their entrepreneurship skills to the test when they raised funds to kickstart the education of children in India who are living in poverty.
Opportunity Chief Executive Officer, Robert Dunn, congratulated the Ringwood students for this initiative which will enable several children in India to have a quality education. A range of products were on sale, including health and beauty, home and garden, art and craft and food and drink, with all profits going to Opportunity.
The Year 9 students, who were participating in Opportunity’s School Challenge (which is aimed at students in Years 5 to 12 to empower and educate them about fighting global poverty), ran their own small businesses with borrowed start-up funds from people in the local community in the same way families in India receive small loans from Opportunity to start a business.
“Throughout 2016, we are challenging schools to see who can create the most innovative business and raise the most money to help families out of poverty through Opportunity International Australia," says Dunn.
The Shepherd Centre awarded $10,000 for its Happiness Project
The Happiness Movement, created to support and reward Australian charities and not-for-profits that help make a difference to the lives of others, has announced The Shepherd Centre as the winner of its national competition.
The Sydney-based charity received the most number of Facebook votes from the public and was awarded $10,000 towards its latest project, which aims to bring music into the lives of hearing impaired children. The Magical Music therapy program provides a creative, interactive learning environment to help improve children’s communication through rhythm, melody and song.
“The Shepherd Centre is naturally very excited to receive such a generous donation through the Happiness Movement. This is such an admirable initiative of Vividwireless and we hope that other organisations follow suit with philanthropic gestures like this.
"Early intervention for a child with hearing loss costs approximately $18,000 per annum and each year we see an increasing number of families turning to us for assistance due to our exceptional outcomes. This donation will make a huge difference to the lives of children with hearing loss and is an investment in their future,” says The Shepherd Centre Chief Executive Officer, Dr Jim Hungerford.
For more information visit vividwireless.com.au/thehappinessmovement.
Model Samantha Harris joins Make-A-Wish
The newest celebrity ambassador for children’s charity Make-A-Wish Australia is Australian model Samantha Harris, who had been discovered at a young age after entering the nationwide Girlfriend model search.
Late last year, Samantha was invited to be involved in the wish of Bella, who had been diagnosed with neuroblastoma and was a young indigenous fan who idolised Harris. This wish had a profound effect on not only Bella, but on Samantha too.
"Bella had faced a tough battle with her illness, and the pure joy Bella’s wish brought her and her family has inspired me to want to do more to help other seriously ill kids just like her,” says Harris. “Make-A-Wish does such amazing work, bringing hope, strength and joy to seriously ill kids at a time they need it most, and I’m really looking forward to working closely with Make-A-Wish staff, volunteers and of course other wish kids in my new role as ambassador.”
Harris has now joined other Australian celebrities such as Melissa Doyle, David Warner and Curtis Stone as an official Make-A-Wish ambassador.
Apply for seed funding to create your own choir
Creativity Australia welcomes all communities from across Australia to apply for seed funding to start their own choir via the With One Voice program and be part of the solution to building stronger communities and reducing loneliness, isolation and disadvantage in their community.
With One Voice is a community-led program, designed to engage all parts of a community and support those in need. Governments can no longer address the multitude of challenges we face – we need empowered communities to take action and through these grants and associated “How to” guides, any community can be part of the solution. Isolation and loneliness impacts everyone, often without anyone knowing. This is a preventative program that addresses the cause.
The With One Voice program has been proven to enhance wellbeing, create greater social inclusion and increased community support with 98% of participants experiencing less stress, 91% improved social bonds and 66% less depressed. The program has also been named in Anthill’s SMART 100 social innovations in for the past four consecutive years.
The grants of up to $12,500 are to fund and cover initial costs while the program establishes itself in the community. Communities will also receive support and mentoring from Creativity Australia to ensure the program becomes sustainable.
For more information visit creativityaustralia.org.au/choirs/start. Deadline is Wednesday 23 November 2016.
Pioneers in Philanthropy: $5 million gift to disadvantaged schools
A groundbreaking collaboration between Australian business leaders and philanthropists aims to challenge the status quo in education by directing more than $5 million towards students in disadvantaged schools.
Led by David Gonski AC and in partnership with charity Australian Schools Plus, the Pioneers in Philanthropy group, which comprises Orli Wargon OAM, Roger Massy-Greene, John B Fairfax AO and Nick Fairfax, John Grill AO and Rosie Williams, Angus and Sarah James, Kerry Stokes AC, and Ian Narev (representing the Commonwealth Bank of Australia), will deliver significant financial support over five years to hundreds of schools in need.
Their alliance is founded on a belief that all Australian children deserve access to a great education, regardless of their family background or location. However, disadvantage remains one of the most significant factors in student achievement and education opportunities in Australia.
Gonski says the Pioneers’ commitment serves two purposes: to drive greater understanding of the impact disadvantage has on education outcomes, and to take concrete action that would benefit thousands of students, their teachers and their school communities.
“We firmly believe that students from a disadvantaged background are no less talented or less able than students whose circumstances have provided them with more opportunities. With the right support, these children are just as capable of achieving magnificent things. We owe it to them to create the environment that enables them to thrive so that in turn, Australia as a nation can thrive,” says Gonski.
The Pioneers’ total support of $5.25 million over five years will:
- bring to life approximately 75 initiatives in clusters of disadvantaged schools, targeted to enable students to overcome the disadvantage-related issues that affect their educational achievement
- recognise and reward great educators in Australia’s disadvantaged schools through the establishment of a new national Teaching Awards and fellowship program, in partnership with the Commonwealth Bank.
The Chairman of Schools Plus, Angus James, says the Pioneers’ commitment would significantly boost the new charity’s capacity to drive change in the education system: “It is simply unacceptable that students from disadvantaged backgrounds fall behind their peers at every step of their education. For many students, the Pioneers’ support will create opportunities that will change the direction of their lives."
Victoria's 2016 Multicultural awards recognise diversity heroes
The outstanding achievements of Victoria’s newest Diversity Heroes were honoured in Victoria’s Multicultural Awards for Excellence 2016 in a special ceremony held at Government House recently.
Now in their 15th year, the annual awards acknowledge and celebrate people and organisations who have made valuable contributions to multicultural communities in Victoria through fields such as philanthropy, advocacy, leadership, arts, health, education, media and innovation.
Victorian Multicultural Commission Chairperson, Helen Kapalos, says the awards recognise Victorians who champion cultural diversity: “Each recipient goes above and beyond to support our multicultural community and make a difference to the lives of others. And they do so with unwavering passion and dedication, embodying what it means to be a Diversity Hero."
Coordinated by the Victorian Multicultural Commission, the 2016 awards received more than 170 nominations across 12 categories. A total of 19 awards were presented at the ceremony with a further 77 certificates of merit distributed before the event.
For a full list of certificate recipients and information about the award recipients and categories, visit multicultural.vic.gov.au.
40K Group receives $250,000 accelerator grant from Atlassian Foundation
Clary Castrission OAM, Co-Founder and CEO of 40K Group, an Australian education tech start-up, has created a social enterprise which has built a technology platform that allows children in remote villages to be connected to education content from around the world, using electronic tablets and gamified learning. The 40K solution combines existing technologies to create a unique learning experience for an offline environment.
The current program allows children in villages in India to learn English. Results from 40K’s program show students learning through the program in India possess an average of two-and-a-half years additional learning in literacy, and one additional year in speaking and listening skills compared to the current pace of government school students. This has been proven amongst 550 children in 15 villages.
The 40K Foundation, a leading Australian social enterprise specialising in education technology, recently announced it received a $250,000 support grant from the Atlassian Foundation, the philanthropic arm of team collaboration tech giant Atlassian.
Selected from an original shortlist of more than 100 international nonprofits, 40K Foundation is one of four organisations selected to receive a $250,000 grant to accelerate the scaling of their reach, in addition to valuable technical support from Atlassian’s team.
Atlassian’s $250,000 grant to 40K is part of a second round given to four nonprofits. Prior to this, 40K Foundation was selected as one of seven non-profits to receive a $50,000 pilot grant from Atlassian. The initial grant was used to grow 40K’s operations in India, improve its technology platform, and conduct a feasibility study into expanding the initiative into Cambodia.
Following on from the success of the pilot, this second grant provides the capital for 40K Foundation to invest resources into Cambodia and grow the Foundation’s total international student body to 3,500 within the next year.
Clary Castrission OAM, CEO and Founder, 40K Group, says, “To us, this second stage of funding from the Atlassian Foundation is validation that they share our belief that technology can play an integral part in providing quality education to those around the world who have traditionally lacked the funds or access, and that our solution is scalable.
View the 40K video here.
Australian Brandenburg Orchestra partners with Foxtel Arts and KPMG
On 17 October the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra announced its new partnership with Foxtel Arts as Media Partner and a renewal partnership with KPMG. KPMG has been a partner of the Brandenburg since 2013 as Avi Avital Series Partner for tours of Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane in 2016.
Foxtel’s dedicated arts channel Foxtel Arts will deliver locally-produced orchestral content made for Foxtel in high-definition. Broadcast collaborations include a live recording of Avi Avital’s Australian debut in 2014, 2016’s Noël! Noël! concert (which will be recorded at St Francis of Assisi’s Catholic Church and broadcast on Christmas Eve on Foxtel Arts).
On the news of both partnerships, Brandenburg Artistic Director Paul Dyer said: “I am thrilled that we are joining Foxtel Arts as a broadcast partner. This collaboration will allow us to share our live concerts with audiences throughout Australia and celebrate our shared commitment to musical excellence. It is a great honour to have the support of our long-time partner KPMG as Avi Avital’s Series Partner, helping us bring this phenomenal performer to our audiences.”
LAUNCH Food calls for global innovations in food and nutrition systems
At a recent Food Revolution Dinner in New York, a global call for innovations to transform food and nutrition systems was launched. The LAUNCH Food coalition, which was revealed by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s (DFAT) InnovationXchange and the US Agency for International Development (USAID), is requesting that innovators, entrepreneurs, organisations and individuals from around the world put forward innovative solutions for improving global health outcomes through better nutrition.
Why? Because changing cultural norms and the globalisation of the world’s food supply is shifting the way people act and eat, resulting in high levels of impaired development, noncommunicable diseases and avoidable deaths rising out of the dichotomous challenges of under nutrition and over-nutrition, particularly in lower income countries.
The Hon Julie Bishop MP, Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs of Australia, who announced the challenge alongside USAID, says, “In our region, in our part of the world, about half the children in countries close to Australia, a first world developed economy, half the children are suffering the effects of under nutrition. Paradoxically, obesity leading to chronic disease burden is at epidemic levels. For the first time we have a generation that has a shorter life span than the previous generation. This cannot continue. Through LAUNCH Food we will be gathering the best and brightest ideas, putting $5 million into this challenge so that we can come up with ideas that can actually be turned into reality and can make a different, a positive difference to lives of people around the world.”
LAUNCH Food aims to create a worldwide coalition of committed innovators and thinkers focused on identifying innovations with the potential to transform food and nutrition systems in a variety of contexts worldwide, while respecting the planet’s resources.
The challenge will give participants the opportunity to have their proposals reviewed by a world-class network of industry pioneers, government organisations, investors and innovation experts. Winning innovations will be funded through the platform.
Countries as diverse as Timor Leste and Tonga showcase how these serious health issues coexist in regions where food and lifestyle habits have dramatically changed over a short time span, coupled with the primary production of food becoming increasingly difficult as a result of climate change. These examples also speak to the potential 'double burden' that will be increasingly faced in other regions if existing challenges of pervasive undernutrition and food insecurity are not effectively tackled.
Submissions for LAUNCH Food are due Wednesday 16 November 2016 – interested applicants can find out more or share their submissions at launch.org/food. Winning innovators will be announced in February 2017.
McGrath Foundation launches McGrath Breast Health Index
With only 15% of Australian women having good breast health understanding – despite 73% thinking they are 'breast aware' – the McGrath Foundation launched its McGrath Breast Health Index on 27 September with an aim to redefine the importance and role of breast awareness.
The McGrath Foundation Breast Health Index measures four key factors that make up what they term ‘breastpertise’ – awareness of breast health, confidence in identifying changes in breasts, knowledge of risk factors for breast cancer, and behaviour in terms of frequency of self-checking. Only one in 10 successfully identified the risk factors for breast cancer: being a woman, growing older, having a family history of breast cancer, being a smoker, drinking alcohol and starting menstruation earlier or menopause later.
Australia’s first digital toolbox for the social sector
In partnership with the Telstra Foundation, Fitzroy Academy has launched Australia’s first online learning toolbox – dedicated to helping nonprofits and social enterprises harness the power of digital technology.
Aiming to make the nonprofit and social impact sector as digitally savvy as the corporate world, Fitzroy Academy has developed a fresh approach to online learning – all presented in engaging bite-sized lessons while also providing a platform for discussion and co-learning with peers.
“Great digital shouldn’t be an expensive burden, and when your whole team has basic tech skills, there's less chance of your organisation's entire digital know-how walking out the door when someone moves on,” said Fitzroy Academy founder and CEO, Will Dayble.
With lessons on crowdfunding, project management, basic web design, social media and more, Fitzroy Academy offers practical training in 20 minute packages – easy to digest, ready to use, and purpose built for the Australian nonprofit and social impact sector.
“At Telstra we see nonprofits as the heroes of our community,” says Telstra Foundation General Manager Jackie Coates. “We also believe in the power of digital innovation and we’ve partnered with this project because we want this sector to have the same opportunities as others to think bigger, bolder and in a different way. It doesn’t matter what size a nonprofit is – this new platform provides cutting edge, innovative and most importantly practical training, to maximise the opportunities of the digital world.”
Early adopters of the platform have reported significant value from the experience. "That’s the thing with digital – it’s an experiential skill, and just figuring out where to start is often the hardest bit,” says Rosie Thomas, CEO of youth leadership and antibullying organisation PROJECT ROCKIT. “That’s why Fitzroy Academy is a go-to for the team. Will and his teachers don't teach old-fashioned theory stuff – they teach you how to teach yourself and get stuff done for real. In particular, the videos and digital tools have really given our team a shared language around how we can work together as a high performing unit.”
Fitzroy Academy’s full suite of video lessons are available for $9 a month. To mark the launch, a free two-week trial is on offer for all new users from the nonprofit and social impact sector.
Blackbaud introduces charity accelerator
Currently, almost two thirds of charitable activity in Australia is carried out by small charities, yet less than 20% receive any government funding, which is why Blackbaud has launched a unique charity accelerator. Hatch is an intensive 90-day incubation program designed to provide fledgling charities with a better start.
Each year, Blackbaud will ‘hatch’ 12 organisations and provide pro bono support to the value of $25,000, which includes: office space (in the Blackbaud North Sydney office) for three months; professional mentoring in business operations, marketing, fundraising and outcomes measurement; eTapestry fundraising software for 12 months (and fee-free donation processing); everydayhero peer-to-peer software for 12 months; and access to an online training program.
"Small, grassroots charities are the hidden power behind our communities, but starting out can be tough. Hatch by Blackbaud is about propelling the social good sector forward and giving small charities the chance to make a big impact," says Blackbaud's Managing Director, Kevin Sher.
The scheme is already being piloted by Studio Artes, a charity that provides creative activities for people living with disability. Executive Director, Jem Muharrem, says despite being in operation for 16 years, Studio Artes is going through a ‘rebirth’, driven largely by the introduction of the NDIS: “Like many charities, the NDIS will change everything that we do. We need to start thinking about our projects from a customer service perspective, building better relationships and ‘selling ourselves’ through improved marketing.”
Muharrem believes the ‘headspace’ provided by Hatch will have a big impact on its capabilities. “We can be a little inwardly focused at times, so stepping away from the office and being mentored will help to broaden our horizons and be more strategic.”
Applications for the first intake, commencing January 2017, are now open. While start-up charities are encouraged to apply, any small charity (with an income of less than $2 million) may participate. To learn more, visit hatch.blackbaud.com.au.
One of us is homeless
According to UnitingCare West, 61% of Western Australian service users are women, which is why the nonprofit has set up a ‘One of us is homeless’ shop window display that questions the homelessness stigma.
The display in Perth's Forrest Chase is designed to draw attention to the growing number of homeless women in Perth. In it, four well-dressed female mannequins hold up cardboard signs, stating to the shopping public: One of us is homeless. Over the next three months a story will unfold, revealing which woman has become homeless due to life’s circumstances.
The public is invited to view the display and follow the story of the women via the UnitingCare West Facebook page facebook.com/unitingcarewest. Each story will highlight just how quickly anyone in our society can find themselves living on the streets.
UnitingCare West CEO Sue Ash AO says the organisation continues to see a high level of demand across its homelessness services. “I think people will be shocked and surprised by what they see in this display. The life stories of these women will give the community an understanding of just how quickly anyone can go from having everything to living rough on the street, and the number of factors that contribute to that,” says Ash.
“We are seeing a broad range of people getting into dire straits very quickly. Family and domestic violence is a key reason why women become homeless, followed by financial crisis and a lack of affordable housing. Many of the clients that seek assistance through UnitingCare West’s homelessness services also experience mental health challenges.”
The shop window is part of UnitingCare West’s 2016 Winter Appeal which aims to raise over $100,000 to further assist people experiencing homelessness.
Google Impact Challenge finalists announced
On 4 October the Google Impact Challenge finalists, a collection of 10 not-for-profit organisations across Australia that plan to use technology to solve some of the world’s biggest problems, were announced.
From a new low-cost autonomous robot that can help preserve the Great Barrier Reef coral ecosystem to a smartphone app that can help parents identify childhood autism, the finalists represent the value of a big idea made possible through the power of modern technology. The 10 finalists are:
• The Australian Literacy and Numeracy Foundation Community-driven literacy apps designed to preserve indigenous languages
• Australian Marine Environment Protection Association An information repository to drive emissions transparency within the shipping industry
• Great Barrier Reef Foundation A low-cost, autonomous robot designed to monitor, map, manage and preserve coral reef ecosystems
• Hello Sunday Morning A personalised support app to help people with alcohol problems
• Justice Connect A web portal that connects individuals and communities to pro bono legal services
• The Nature Conservancy Australia Mobile technology to protect global fish stocks and the livelihoods of coastal communities
• World Vision Australia A network of innovative heat-sensing fire detectors designed to save lives in Bangladesh
• The Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre A smartphone app to help parents identify childhood autism
• Centre for Eye Research Australia Limited An eyesight self-assessment system for Australians in remote areas
• The George Institute for Global Health An SMS-based support service to help people with chronic diseases lead healthier lives.
On 26 October three awardees will be selected. The fourth will be chosen based on a public voting system, which opened on 4 October.
For further information, head to impactchallenge.withgoogle.com/australia2016.
Due this Friday! Extension granted for responses to FIA discussion paper on sector sustainability
In light of recent events with the consumer advocacy group Choice and its campaign to have charities put on the Do Not Call Register, the FIA has extended its deadline for submissions to its discussion paper on sector sustainability. The FIA is undertaking the first comprehensive review of its system of self-regulation in over a decade. Download the discussion paper and find out how to make a submission. Submissions are due Friday 14 October.
Anthony Ryan appointed as new Youngcare CEO
National not-for-profit organisation Youngcare has appointed a new CEO. With six years' experience working in the nonprofit sector, most recently as CEO of the Edmund Rice Foundation, Anthony Ryan will commence his appointment on 21 November.
Prior to joining the Edmund Rice Foundation in 2010, Ryan was founding Director of the Mimiki Foundation, which provides aid and support to marginalised youth in South East Queensland and South Africa.
“After 10 years of working to ensure young people with high care needs live the lives they deserve, Youngcare is taking steps to reinvigorate our vision and someone with Anthony Ryan’s skills and experience will help lead the organisation through this next important stage,” says Youngcare Chairman Nic De Luca. “As a small not-for-profit organisation we needed someone who was passionate, committed to the cause and with a strong focus on strategic growth and we’ve found that in Anthony.”