Two of Australia’s most dynamic collective giving groups prove $1000 can make a big impact.

Collective giving is carving new pathways in Australia’s philanthropic landscape with giving groups sprouting across the country.

Rikki Andrews, from the Impact100 Melbourne committee, is just one of many who predicts collective giving has a bright and bountiful future.

“Giving circles, such as the Impact100 model, will transform philanthropy in Australia, as they democratise giving and enable everyone to feel like a high impact donor.”

With a donation as modest as $1000 per year, donors pool their contributions and knowledge and collectively award their grant to an organisation that meets their stated objectives.

McAuley Community Services for Women were recently named winners of the 2014 Impact100 Melbourne $100,000 high impact grant.

“This grant is so incredibly important to us,” says McAuley Community Services for Women Chief Executive Jocelyn Bignold. “It means that we can streamline a set of existing programs and be more effective to the women we serve.”

“More than 10,000 women in Melbourne are homeless largely due to family violence and mental health and it’s an invisible issue, but we can all play an important role regardless of our means.”

She noted the power of giving circles to create transformational change for both donors and the disadvantaged in Melbourne: “This is just so incredibly rare for us charities to mingle with Melburnians and show them what is happening in their own backyard,” she said.

Three runners-up – Holy Fools, Ladder Project Foundation and Open Family Australia – each went home with $10,000 as two Impact100 Melbourne members contributed a further $30,000 on the night.

Meanwhile, on the west coast, the 100 Women giving circle has awarded three grants that promise long-term impact that will transform the lives of women.

“100 Women demonstrates how ordinary women can become extraordinary by combining their financial and intellectual forces,” 100 Women Chair, Alicia Curtis says.

“It also busts the myth that philanthropy is predominantly the preserve of older, rich males.”Generosity_Philanthropy-100-Women-2014-grantees

The first of the grants was to Zonta House Refuge Association, a refuge and community organisation in Perth offering holistic, nurturing education and care to women after enduring a crisis. The group received $40,000 to fund a preventative program helping women to lead more independent, safe and fulfilling lives.

Opportunity International also received $40,000 to fund a program in rural Indian communities that will train female health leaders in basic health education and empower them to be change agents in their communities.

The third grant of $14,400 was awarded to the Global Development Group to fund the Restore Rose program in two Cambodian provinces. The program’s main aim is to address the health and hygiene needs of women in extremely poor villages in two Cambodian provinces.

Four micro grants of $1,000 were awarded to McCauley Community Services for Women; $1000 – SIMaid 1000 Stoves Project, World Vision Australia and BrainLink – Celebrating Strong Women.

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For more information about becoming a member of Impact100 Melbourne in 2015, visit its website.

For more information about 100 Women, visit the website or email: [email protected]



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