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:
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!
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.
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: