Update from the Inner North Community Foundation
 
Welcome to our December 2015 newsletter.
 
 
A word from the office
As we come towards the end of the year, I wanted to share some news of the Inner Noth Community Foundation over the last few months.

I started at the Foundation in July 2015, and have been struck by the amount of great work done over the first 8 years. Over time, Directors and staff have set structures in place that allow for strong stewardship of a community asset, consistent with the vision of our founders at IntoWork. There have been many opportunities to build the success of the Foundation, and to demonstrate we are a safe pair of hands for investing philanthropic dollars in a place based strategy across the inner north - from Richmond to Reservoir, Fitzroy to Fawkner and Brunswick to Bundoora.
 
The Canadian Community Foundations peak body uses the slogan that resonates with our work – my community made me, I make my community. As a community foundation, in addition to encouraging generosity on a local level, we democratize philanthropy by assisting people with modest amounts of money to give in their local area. We want to de-mystify philanthropy, and debunk the myth that we all need to be Bill Gates before we can make an impact through our generosity.
 
Our Foundation promotes place-based philanthropy in several practical ways:
  • First, we offer people a chance to be actively generous, whether they have small or larger amounts to give. We also welcome volunteers and interns to make their contribution of time and talent with us;
  • Second, every dollar we receive goes to not-for-profits in our region, because our overheads and administration are covered by IntoWork;
  • Third, we create opportunities for donors to engage with the people putting their money to work, encouraging face to face opportunities to exchange information and better understand each other.
We are committed to being a learning organisation in a constantly changing environment, and sharing our knowledge of communities across the inner northern region.  We know it’s important to regularly deepen and update our understanding, to get the best results for local people from investments in our region. In the longer term, we are strengthening our local profile to have greater impact, building on knowledge and understanding of the many assets and challenges across the region, and investing our grants in opening up pathways to employment.

Our focus on helping people get jobs reflects an essential element of any place based funding approach: social and economic engagement is crucial for community prosperity. Jobs give people money in their pocket, contribute to their sense of identity, and keep people connected to their community and each other.

If you would like to be involved in conversations, round table discussions, workshops, or events of the Foundation in 2016, please let us know.  We value your support and would love to hear from you.

In this issue, you can read about our recent Supporter Event, watch a great short film about our Young Changemakers program, find out about our board recruitment process, and hear about some great local activity by local partners.

Please enjoy this summer issue, and we look forward to being in touch in 2016!

Ben Rodgers
Executive Officer

Supporter Event wrap-up

In November we held a function at the Reach Foundation in Wellington St, Collingwood to celebrate and introduce people to our model of philanthropy. Over 50 people attended, both people with close ties to the Foundation and people learning about it for the first time.
 
Ideas were explored with guests on the night about local philanthropy and job opportunities, and we were thrilled to share the passion for the inner north with so many people. It was an honor to introduce our new sub fund holders for 2015, Mary Crooks AO and Greg Meredith, Rogan Family Care and Stockdale Personnel. Their commitment to becoming donors through the Foundation brings our total number of sub-funds to eight. Representatives from Scarf showcased their mentor program, which was was enthusiastically received and gave many people in the room a better understanding of the day-to-day work of supporting people's pathways to employment. Social Studio provided fabulous catering. Many thanks to Andrea Matthews and Kirsten Butera from MP Consulting for initiating this function and introducing their friends to us.

Young Changemakers Program
Over the last 6 months, year 10 students at Northcote High School and Collingwood College took part in the Young Changemakers program.  This practical example of local philanthropy involves students assessing local not-for-proifits and making decisions about how to distribute money as grants. This program was initiated by the Inner North Community Foundation and funded by the Clifton Hill / North Fitzroy Community Bank Branch of Bendigo Bank, and inspires young leaders to use energy and creativity to become community leaders in the community they live, and will one day work.

A five minute documentary about the program was launched by students from Northcote High School. They  hired the Westgarth Cinema, where 75 friends, family, donors, grantees and supporters came together to watch a film about young people reflecting on philanthropy. Youthworx Productions, a local social enterprise, made the film. The film and a short advertisement currently showing at the Westgarth Cinema, can be seen here.

Annual General Meeting, New Directors and Board Associate Program
At the 2015 AGM in late October, Genevieve Timmons was re-appointed Chair of the Inner North Community Foundation, and Dr Christopher Baker as Deputy Chair. Both were elected unanimously, and congratulations to them both.

Genevieve and Christopher also welcomed our new Directors. Following a rigorous process that attracted over 20 applications from strong field, we're pleased to announce our new Director appointments for the Inner North Community Foundation Board. Sylvia Admans and Craig Kenny have been appointed to the board, and we are looking forward to working with these two highly experienced and dedicated people. Read more about their backgrounds here.

Due to the strong field, over the coming 12 months, three young local women have been invited to participate in a pilot Board Associate program with the Foundation. This program will build the strengths and capacity of local people to serve on not-for-profit boards, and broaden the diversity of backgrounds of people involved with the Inner North Community Foundation. Stay tuned for detail about this pilot progresses in 2016.

Other opportunities 
Are you looking for a way to make your community stronger and better connected? We are looking for passionate people with connections to the inner north to support our work in meaningful and practical ways in an honorary capacity. In particular, we're looking for:
  • Coordinator, Young Changemakers Program. Suit someone with experience of young people and the ability to navigate the education system. See the link here for more infomation about the program.
  • Lead, Communications. Suit someone who wants to write positive stories for different media channels, about great local initiatives and activities.
Contact Ben for further information.
 
Plugs for local groups in the Inner North
Organisations connected to the Inner North Community Foundation are always doing great work in the local community:
  • PRACE want to give a huge thank you to all who participated and supported their ‘A New Day’ Art Show on November 11th at Northcote The night was a great success and enjoyed by all with the live auction as a highlight.  To learn more about their activity in 2016, check out the course guide for semester 1 2016. Please click on the guide or contact them on 9462 6077.
  • Crepes for Change are running a crowdfunding campaign to launch a Coffee Cart, in addition to their Crepe Van that you may have seen raising funds for homelessness services. To find out more and to support their campaign, click here.
  • SisterWorks are also running a crowdfunding campaign as part of furnishing their new home in Richmond. You can make a difference to the lives of refugee and migrant women who want to to become empowered through work and building their own businesses. To find out more and to support their campaign, click here.
  • City Harvest collects compost from restaurants around Melbourne and uses it to build vegetable gardens established in public spaces around the city. These gardens are used to run certified horticulture training courses for disadvantaged or long-term unemployed youth.  In partnership with CERES, City Harvest are looking for individuals to participate in a certified Cert II Horticulture course. For more information, contact Joshua on 0416 821 669 or click on their website.
Upcoming grants
The Inner North Community Foundation has two grant rounds scheduled to open in the first half of 2016. Our partnership with Scanlon Foundation and the Refuge of Hope continues, with small grants due to open in early February 2016. Our flagship program Pathways to Employment will again be supported by Portland House Foundation, with flow-through funds supporting local community groups. Grants are scheduled to open in May.

Applications open on 15 January 2016 for Round 3 of the National Stronger Regions Fund. Local government and not for profit organisations are eligible to apply for funding ranging from $20,000 to $10 million for infrastructure projects that generate economic and social benefit. Applications for this round close on 15 March 2016, and detailed information is here.
 
Connect with the Inner North Community Foundation
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 8689 1967.   Please note: We have recently combined and cleaned up our mailing lists. If we have accidentally added you without permission, please unsubscribe and know that you have our apologies.

      
 
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 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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