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Following the newsletter hiatus during the National Community Foundations Forum last month, there is a bit of news to catch up on with this update.

As we are putting this update together, a number of our Community Foundation members are working in areas close to bushfires unprecedented in their extent, ferocity and early start in the season. It is a stark reminder that communities throughout Australia have growing needs for community infrastructure to help bring people and resources together to address urgent local issues.

The good news is that Australia’s community philanthropy sector is growing and people are stepping up to tackle challenges in a pragmatic way. To all our members, friends and supporters of community foundations: be safe while you keep doing what you do best.

And remember, we can all do better together.

Gerlinde Scholz
Executive Officer

Building Community Financial Capability: $100,000 grants available

Ecstra Foundation has just announced a Building Community Financial Capability grant round that specifically invites applications from Community Foundations.

Grants are intended to empower communities to create and scale initiatives which address entrenched or emerging issues of financial capability, inclusion and economic equality at a local level. The grants will focus on community collaboration, outcomes, impact, and the opportunity to share learnings with other communities.  

Initiatives may include testing approaches through pilot programs, scaling up proven projects or providing resourcing support to established partnerships. Community consultations, co-designed interventions, awareness campaigns and collective giving activities could be included. Communities may nominate a single project or a range of activities under the one grant application. A focus on building the financial resilience of vulnerable groups within communities is encouraged. 

Ten grants of approximately $100,000 each will be made in early 2020, with a total grant pool of $1,000,000. Expressions of Interest close 31 January 2020.

More information and application details here

How we're growing awareness of community foundations

Thanks to the Australian Communities Foundation (ACF) for inviting Community Foundations from around the country to put forward local projects for consideration by ACF funders. A total of 15 projects covering all states are being showcased to these generous community philanthropists.

While the initiative has been under development for a few months, it received its final polish through personal discussions at the Forum in Goolwa two weeks ago, highlighting the power of face-to-face contact for effective partnerships. Thanks to everyone at ACF and all participating Community Foundations.

Take a look at the complete list of projects

Board Associates Program 2020: Applications now open

The Inner North Community Foundation is recruiting for its 4th intake of Board Associates. Details about the program and how to apply are available here.

If you have smart passionate people in your life who are looking to start their not-for-profit governance journey, encourage them to consider this. Applications close on 30 November.

Special offer for ACP Members

Forum attendees will recall Neil Pharaoh’s presentation on the final day on advocacy and lobbying; a highly rated session, according to the evaluation survey.

Neil has generously offered to provide a complementary consultation or short call any time to ACP Member Foundations wishing to discuss opportunities, challenges or issues you face in approaching and working with government.

Through his business partnership Spark Strategy, Neil is also offering low-bono rates to our network for assignments around strategy, facilitation, co-design, stakeholder management or government engagement. To take up this offer, please email

Where we're at with the DGR campaign

Our sector’s on-going campaign for DGR reform is gathering momentum, thanks in good part to leadership from Stand Like Stone Foundation on the Limestone Coast in SA.
The Foundation hosted a visit from their local federal MP Tony Pasin, Member for Barker, and Assistant Minister for Finance, Charities and Electoral Matters, Senator Zed Seselja in September. Stand Like Stone directors took the opportunity to show the Minister their work on the ground and explained the challenges the current DGR regime poses for community foundations, especially those working in regional Australia. The Minister indicated an interest in working on a solution.
L to R: Sue Charlton AM, Tony Pasin MP, Minister Zed Seselja, Courtney Fox, Bill DeGaris (Chair, Stand Like Stone Foundation) and Noel Barr at Noel Barr Toyota, where the Minister learns of the work and importance of the community bus that was purchased with a grant from SLSF.

triple j's One Night Stand at Lucindale to enable great community outcomes

Speaking of Stand Like Stone: the  Foundation was the proud recipient of the gold coin donations from the entrance to the 2019 triple j One Night Stand concert held in Lucindale, South Australia, in September.

triple j's One Night Stand is a free, all ages, drug and alcohol free concert that is hosted annually in a remote or regional town or city in Australia. With a population of around 500 people, Lucindale is the smallest town to date to have hosted the One Night Stand.

The gold coin donation requested for entry raised $20,558.60! Stand Like Stone is looking forward to putting these funds to work in the Limestone Coast community by supporting the Lucindale Community Swimming Pool & enabling scholarships for young people to participate in the Limestone Coast Leadership Program.

BELOW: Georgie McKay, EO Stand Like Stone, with local bid committee co-organiser Kate Rayner, & husband James McKay onsite at the triple j concert venue in Lucindale.

Board changes

Dr Genevieve Timmons retired from the ACP Board at the AGM on 31 October after two years as a director. During her time on the Board, Genevieve’s vast knowledge, experience and networks in the wider philanthropy sector proved invaluable in forging new connections and strengthening ACP’s relationship with Philanthropy Australia. She will be missed on the Board, but remains a firm friend of community foundations and we hope to see her regularly.

Two new directors were elected to the Board: Peter Kent and Simon Whittle OAM.

Peter Kent is Chief Executive of strategic communications firm Porter Novelli and is the first ACP director who is not currently a community foundation director or executive. 

Peter’s career to date has combined 20 years of consulting with former lives as a journalist and policy advisor.

He most enjoys enhancing opportunity where corporate, government and community interests intersect, and has a particular passion for the industries and people of rural and regional Australia where he grew up and still lives.

Simon Whittle has been involved with the Buderim Foundation continuously since its inception in 2004. He is interested in marketing and fund development and plays a key role in growing the community’s sense of ownership in the Foundation.

He also has an interest in encouraging other Queensland communities to consider the community foundation model.

In 2003, Simon was awarded a Medal in the Order of Australia for service to the community through the Buderim War Memorial Community Association.

Annual Report 2019

ACP’s 2018-19 Annual Report was released at the AGM. Members who did not attend the Forum and AGM, and any other friends of ACP, can download a copy here

Get out what you put in: Foundation Maps Australia

Philanthropy Australia has partnered with Candid to help make grantmaking activities across Australia smarter and more strategic by boosting the availability of rich grants data – for and about funders in Australia. This data is delivered through Foundation Maps: Australia, a highly interactive and searchable mapping platform.

You're invited to supply your granting data for the fiscal year 1 July 2018 – 30 June 2019.
Please download the instructions on how to upload your most recent data.

Reminder: Australian Community Philanthropy member foundations with $2 million or less in funds under management are eligible to become Philanthropy Australia ‘Connected’ members as a benefit of their ACP membership fee. Contact for further details.

Wrapping up the National Community Foundations Forum 2019

After months of planning and build-up, our Better Together Forum came and went over 3-4 beautiful warm days in Goolwa at the end of October. Judging by comments during the event and evaluation surveys completed to date, the meeting delivered what we had set out to offer: education, inspiration and connection - to each other in the network, and to the place and work of one of our members: the Fleurieu Community Foundation.
“Hi team ACP: I just wanted to congratulate you on a very successful conference. There was a strong feeling of community, so much willingness to collaborate and provide support and advice. Your leadership is inspiring something special and I hope you can see the fruits of your hard work (it was certainly evident to me).”

The evaluation survey will remain open for another week or so. Please share your feedback so we can continuously improve these events to ensure they meet your needs and produce value for your time and money.
The local community embraced the Forum and we made the local news!

Warm thanks to everyone who made Better Together a success: our hosts - Brad Butler, all at the Fleurieu Community Foundation, the Namawi performers and the community of Goolwa; His Excellency Governor Hieu Van Le AC; our fabulous presenters including colleagues from The Funding Network; special guest Erin Phillips; the Spirit of the Coorong boat crew; Felicity at Fleurieu Function Centre and the team at One Paddock Currency Creek winery; sponsors and partners, and of course – everyone who attended and participated actively and generously.

Community Foundations Showcase
A special shout out to the nine Community Foundations from five states that submitted Showcase entries. That’s a high proportion of our membership (29% to be precise) and a great uptake of a new idea introduced with relatively little lead time. There were two entries from Foundations that were not able to send anyone to the Forum in person. We are delighted you shared your stories. They were on display throughout the event and will be used as case studies to help us illustrate the important work you all do in your communities. We look forward to growing this program over the coming years.

Google Drive for collaboration
Copies of Forum presentations and a range of other resources for community foundations have been collated on a Google Drive for ACP members. We will continue to update this as more contributions become available. ACP members that were not at the Forum, please get in touch to get access to this resource. All members are invited to get in touch if you have any specific requests for resources you’d like to have added.

Keep the conversation going on systems and databases
Join the database discussion with Natasha Judd on LinkedIn. Natasha has a dedicated LinkedIn group where employees of community philanthropy organisations Australia wide to discuss systems projects and gain recommendations from each other.
Request to join here: Connected Systems for Community Philanthropy Organisations (Australia)

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Transformational Philanthropy | Lord Mayor's Charitable Foundation 

Thursday 21 November | Melbourne

Join this in-conversation event about the transformational projects that Lord Mayor's Charitable Foundation is supporting in education and the health impacts of climate change.  

Details here

GIVE Wangaratta | Into Our Hands and The Funding Network

Tuesday 26 November | Wangaratta
GIVE Wangaratta is a community-wide initiative to establish a charitable endowment fund for the long-term needs and future of Wangaratta, its people, community groups and local nonprofits.

Details here

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