Deanne Weir and the SCF will reveal their insights into effective place-based philanthropy at the 2019 Generosity Forum.

Deanne Weir.

In 2013 the Sydney Community Foundation, through its Sydney Women’s Fund – a collection of donors interested in supporting causes for women and families, embarked on an innovative “place-based” philanthropy program.

This multi–year initiative tackles entrenched disadvantage in areas of Western Sydney with a focus on giving opportunity for learning to women. The WeirAnderson Foundation committed a gift of $100,000 a year for five years to support various Sydney Women’s Fund projects.

At the upcoming Generosity forum at Swissôtel Sydney on 3 May, WeirAnderson Foundation Director Deanne Weir will discuss what she has learnt about how philanthropy can have a big impact in a small local setting.

Jane Jose, from the Sydney Community Foundation and Pat Hall, from Liverpool Neighbourhood Connections (LNC), the local charity delivering the programs, will share their perspective on how philanthropy can target small local issues to great effect.

F&P recently spoke to Sydney Community Foundation marketing and partnerships manager Loredana Fyffe about some of her organisation’s work.

“We started as a traditional philanthropic fund in the model of the UK and US community foundations, where many of them are very large and successful. The idea was adopted by the City of Sydney and the Myer Foundation,” Fyffe said.

Get more insights from the Sydney Community Foundation at the Generosity Forum

Deanne Weir, WeirAnderson Foundation Director, will discuss what she has learnt about how philanthropy can have a big impact in a small local setting at the Generosity Forum. Click here for more information and to register.

The impetus for the Foundation originally came from some major Melbourne philanthropists who were receiving numerous funding requests from Sydney charities. Recognising that Sydney did not have its own community foundation, they provided the seed funding for its launch.

“A piece of research we did when we started our place-based philanthropy looked at the state of funding for people who are really struggling in our city. Still a majority of money was going to the larger charities – it wasn’t really getting into the little neighbourhood centres and grassroots – so we preferentially support them,” Fyffe said.

In 2013, the Sydney Community Foundation has established the Sydney Women’s Fund and moved to a place-based philanthropy model focused on belonging, education and employment pathways, enabling independence and transforming place.

Deanne Weir, WeirAnderson Foundation Director, will discuss what she has learnt about how philanthropy can have a big impact in a small local setting at the Generosity Forum. Click here for more information and to register.

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