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Dear Friends,

This week, I was reminded that community foundations give a voice to those who don’t have a voice, empower the disempowered and ultimately give the gift of financial resources where it matters most.  It was earlier this week that ACF and the BB & A Miller and Williams Funds were proud to be part of a project that embodies these values, the Woor-Dungin Criminal Record Discrimination Project (CRDP) which was given an award at the Philanthropy Australia annual awards.

Another way the ACF community is creating lasting social change is through the ACF Impact Fund. A panel of ACF donors and experts are currently finalising the Expression of Interest selection for the 2018 round. We are also receiving reports on the powerful outcomes from last year's grant round.

Lastly, I am excited to announce ACF's new premises at Level 6,126 Wellington Parade East Melbourne. This shared office space and community hub will enable donors and like-minded organisations to work together to strengthen our communities through philanthropy.  We hope to engage the wider sector in events at our new premises in the near future.

Best wishes,

Maree Sidey
Chief Executive Officer

Indigenous Philanthropy Award:
Woor-Dungin Criminal Record Discrimination Project

The Woor-Dungin Criminal Record Discrimination Project (CRDP), an Aboriginal-led collaboration between community and legal organisations, B B & A Miller Fund and Williams Fund (both sub funds of ACF) received the Philanthropy Australia 2018 Indigenous Philanthropy Award presented at the Sydney Opera House. 
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ACF Impact Fund Update

The Impact Fund looks for opportunities to build momentum and accelerate progress by addressing issues of national concern, in the areas of:

  • Tackling inequality
  • Empowering Indigenous communities
  • Safeguarding the environment
  • Strengthening democracy.

In 2017, we funded 6 strategic projects. A year on, here are their stories.
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Impact Fund:
ACOSS Launch Inequality in Australia 2018 Report

ACOSS in partnership with University of NSW and with co-funding contributions from ACF's Impact Fund, Social Justice Fund, Hart Line Fund and Raettvisa Fund have undertaken a study into the causes of poverty and inequality in Australia. The study aims to find policy answers and actions to reduce these social and economic problems.
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Donor Impact:
Melbourne School of Design, Dean's Honours Award Winners 

Last month, University of Melbourne hosted its annual Melbourne School of Design Dean’s Honour Awards where three students Tet Way Chen, Jason Leung and Carey Landwehr were presented with awards only made possible by the contributions from DesignInc, ACF's legacy fund Green Cities Innovation Fund and Tarkett Australia. The Green Cities Innovation Fund is now closed but still achieving the intended impact of the donor - promoting sustainable living.
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Looking for Partners:
Try Test and Learn Fund

Right Lane is looking to partner with organisations to assist them in developing a compelling application to the Try Test and Learn (TTL) Fund. This program seeks to fund innovative responses aimed at improving the lives of groups at risk of long term welfare dependence. 

Applications for TTL grants (tranche 2) are open until September. Right Lane is looking to partner with organisations to assist them in developing a compelling application for:
  • Newstart Allowance recipients aged 50 and over
  • Migrants and refugees aged 16-64
  • Carers aged 16-64
  • At-risk young people aged 16-21 and receiving income support.
For more information, email: 

Calling for Applications: Fellowship for Indigenous Leadership

The Fellowship for Indigenous Leadership want to hear from emerging leaders. Each successful applicant will receive $30,000 over 12 months to enable them to concentrate their efforts on personal and professional development, and to focus on leadership in their community.

The application should include a brief outline of how you will demonstrate your leadership capability, and what impact you believe it will have on your community and the broader Victorian community.

 All applications will be assessed by an independent selection panel and all applicants will be advised accordingly of the outcome. The closing date for applications is 5.00 pm on Friday 31st August 2018.

Emerging Leaders Application Form.

Find out more

ACF Sponsored Melbourne Writers Festival Event: Death of the Environment

Author Tony Birch, writer and activist Geoff Cousins, blogger Hannah Donnelly, climate scientist Joelle Gergis and Greenpeace CEO David Ritter lament long-lost global battles, and pay tribute to the passing of our world’s precious resources.

Learn more

Sat 1 Sep, 1pm
Mission to Seafarers Chapel
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Philanthropy Australia National Conference - Purpose: Is It Enough?

This year’s event will challenge, inspire and provoke your thinking on:
  • How we can best work towards a just society
  • Philanthropy’s role in our evolving democracy
  • Maximising impact
  • Working across sectors to achieve sustainable systemic change.

For the full program and to register, go to Philanthropy Australia National Conference.  

5-6 September
Register for conference
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