Update from the Inner North Community Foundation
Clockwise from top right: Maree Sidey (second from left) from Australian Communities Foundation signing an MoU with the Inner North Community Foundation; Brunswick East shop The Buroughs collecting money for Christmas Crowdfunding; Poul Bottern, CEO IntoWork Australia reading the Years in Review 2014-2016; Students from Collingwood College thank Aboriginal Housing Victoria, 3CR and the Australian Muslim Women's Human Rights Centre as part of the Young Changemakers Program. 

Welcome to our December 2016 newsletter! In this update:
  • The Young Changemakers Program wraps up, demonstrating the different contributions people and organisations make to our communities.
  • Seven traders (and one community choir) are helping raise funds for local groups.
  • Our amazing volunteers have produced a guide to make it easier for people to spend Christmas money locally.
Thanks for a great year. We're thrilled that you're with us and each other.

Ben Rodgers
Executive Officer

Grant update
Young Changemakers Program 2016
The Young Changemakers Program was expanded to three local High Schools in 2016. This partnership with Clifton Hill North Fitzroy Community Branch of the Bendigo Bank gave 30 senior students from three local schools the chance to learn about their community, feel empowered as active citizens, and distributed $45,000 to nine local organisations.

Christmas Gift Guide and Crowdfunding
In addition to project grants, the Foundation looks to support the local economy in different ways. During Christmas:
  • Seven traders and one community choir are increasing giving. Donations to local community groups (usually for giftwrapping) will be matched by Foundation, up to $500 per shop.
  • Our awesome volunteers have compiled a list of local Christmas gift ideas. The information in this booklet is really just the tip of the iceberg (and apologies to businesses missed!).Download the guide!
Local groups recognised  
We're always super pleased to be in touch with the experts creating value with public funds - the not-for-profit organisations across our region. A couple of groups funded by the Foundation have recently been recognised, and congratulations to: Grant round funding timelines
The 2017 Pathways to Employment Grant round will open in March 2017. If you are looking for funds before then, the Foundation may be able to help if your community group is looking to raise funds through Pozible, Start Some Good, Chuffed or other crowdfunding platforms. Find out more here.

Office update
A couple of updates from the Foundation:
  • Passing of the baton: The Board of the Inner North Community Foundation is thrilled to announce that Dr. Christopher Baker has been appointed Chair, following the retirement Genevieve Timmons.
  • Years in Review 2014-2016: As Poul Bottern, CEO of Intowork Australia demonstrates in the photo above, we’ve printed out Years in Review. Read the print friendly version here.
  • Memorandum of Understanding: The Foundation has formalised its partnership with Australian Communities Foundation, by signing an MoU to share knowledge and resources. More on this, and other MoUs, to come in 2017.
Plugs for local groups and activity in the Inner North
Organisations connected to the Inner North Community Foundation are always doing great work in the local community:
  • The Brunswick Coburg Anti-Conscription Centenary is running a variety of projects to reminds us of the prominent role local people played in stopping conscription for WW1.
  • The Channel - a new Brunswick based giving circle - is directing significant philanthropic funds to  lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, transgender, queer/questioning, intersex and asexual (LGBTQIA+) opportunities in Australia. They are calling for inaugural members.
  • The Migrant Science Accelerator has launched, supporting science and engineering-qualified migrants who have struggled to find related work in Australia.
  • The Bridge is the new name for Preston and Thornbury Neighbourhood Houses. Find our more about the change and check out their new website.
Connect with the Inner North Community Foundation
There are many other ways local people can get involved with our work:
  • Give: Donations to the Foundation - large and small - are welcome, with funds directed to support diverse community groups. Give at our website and support your community resource in perpetuity.
  • Volunteer: Want to give your skills to progress the work of the Foundation? Contact Ben for further information.
Got more to tell us? We'd love you to stay in touch and send us your feedback and ideas.  Email us at info@innernorthfoundation.org.au or pick up the phone and call (03) 8689 1967.

Thanks for reading from Richmond to Reservoir, Fitzroy to Fawkner and Brunswick to Bundoora - the team at Inner North Community Foundation.
The Inner North Community Foundation thanks our major partners for their ongoing generosity:
Operational support from IntoWork Australia (INGT Ltd) enables us to direct 100% of our donations towards our perpetual fund and granting programs.


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