Resilience has become something of a mantra for the not-for-profit sector as a whole. Increasingly we talk about resilient individuals, organisations and communities, indeed this year’s theme for the National Community Foundations Forum is ‘Building Resilience through Collaboration and Innovation.
During a recent meeting with a local community group I was brought up short when I mentioned the ‘R’ word: ‘We’re sick of hearing that we are a resilient community’ they told me ‘We’re not resilient, we’re hurting’. Defined as ‘an ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change’, the group’s comment was a timely reminder that community resilience is built; the result of an ongoing active process that engages a plethora of actors who, to be most effective, should work collaboratively together. It is absolutely critical that this process involves grass roots organisations, such as community foundations, whose commitment to creating resilience is abiding, grows from a personal commitment and connection to community and leverages deep local knowledge.
One of the themes that we will be exploring at this year’s National Community Foundations Forum is how community foundations can support meaningful systems change in their communities. Seri Renkin, Managing Director of the ten20 Foundation, will lead us in an exploration of the roles our organisations can play in addressing complex community problems. This is one of many wonderful sessions on offer over the three days and I am looking forward to seeing lots of you at the RACV Resort in Inverloch on the 11 – 13 October (Register for the Forum here).
Kate Buxton, Executive Officer
Forum Scholarships – Not Long Left to Apply
FRRR is offering a limited number of partial and full scholarships to assist with travel and registration costs to the National Community Foundations Forum. Priority will be given to Rural Regional and Remote Community Foundations who have greater travel costs.
Scholarship requests must be submitted EITHER via a simple online application form or MS Word application form available here. Applications close Monday 1 August 2016.
Member Networking and Forum Primer
Friday 12th August 10am-12pm, Melbourne CBD
ACP is holding a Member Networking and Forum Primer; 10am – 12pm, Friday 12th August 2016. This is a great opportunity for members to get to know one another, network, share ideas and get the inside track on this year’s National Community Foundations Forum. The venue is in the Melbourne CBD – walking distance to Southern Cross Station and tram stops. RSVP by 5th August. to email@example.com
Not an ACP member yet? Go here to find out how to become one.
Thanks to Deakin University for hosting this event.
2016 Community Foundation Awards
The ACP Annual Community Foundation Awards recognise individuals and organisations that have made a significant contribution to the community foundation sector in Australia. The 2016 Award for Excellence & Achievement and the 2016 Inspirational Award will be presented at the Annual Community Foundations Dinner at the National Forum on Wednesday, 12th October 2016.
ACP members are invited to nominate individuals or organisations they believe would be worthy recipients of these Awards. Further information including selection criteria are available here.
Movers and Shakers
- The Mirboo North & District Community Foundation, South Gippsland in Victoria, is seeking a new Executive Officer to replace Derrick Ehmke, who will be retiring later this year. Click here for more details.
- Foundation Barossa has farewelled Leanne Hutton after four and a half amazing year. The foundation has welcomed Kylie Piper as their new Executive Officer.
Local Charities Matter Report but 1/3 of people in the UK Can’t Name One
Small But Vital – Local Charities Matter, a recent study undertaken in the UK, has found that 1/3 of people cannot name a local charity despite these representing 97% of Britain’s charity sector. The finding is in contrast to the 52% who feel that local charities play an important role in their community.
The study was commissioned by the TSB bank and surveyed 301 charities and 1000 members of the public. Whilst specific to the UK, these findings resonate for Australian community foundations who are very aware of the challenges faced by local community groups and charities when it comes to awareness and fund raising.
Research undertaken by the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) in 2015 (Public trust and confidence in Australian charities) echoed some of the the UK report’s finding, highlighting the fact that whether or not a charity provides services in the local community has a significant impact on trust and confidence.
Small but Vital’s other findings similarly resonate here in Australia with the report concluding that local ‘charities are the lifeblood of the communities they serve and they play a vital role in supporting the daily lives of many thousands of people’.
Community foundations, with their local DNA, are well placed to work with organisations to address this issue and are perfectly placed to link donors of treasure, time and talent to local causes.
- FRRR has teamed up with Our Community to host free webinars specifically designed to help rural, regional and remote community groups access more funding:
– Sponsorship 101 – 1pm AEST on Wednesday, 27 July
– Crowd-funding 101 – 1pm AEST on Wednesday, 10 August
Click here for more information and to register.
- The Governance & Compliance page on the ACP website has been updated. The page incorporates links to a range of useful resources including the updated Public
- Ancillary Funds requirements information booklet from Herbert Smith Freehills
- The US based Centre for Effective Philanthropy assists staffed grantmaking foundations by providing resources to help them maximize their effectiveness. They offer a range of downloadable research reports on issues such as donor values, transparency, benchmarking foundation governance
- The Global Summit on Community Philanthropy – to be held on 1 – 2 December 2016 in Johannesburg, South Africa, will reflect the the growth of community philanthropy around the world.
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2016 National Community Foundations Forum
11-13 October, RACV Inverloch Resort, Victoria
Don’t forget to Register Now for this year’s Forum which will explore how the community foundation sector can evolve and adapt in order to thrive in an increasingly challenging and changing environment. Visit our online ‘Sched‘ to see the fantastic line up of sessions and speakers.
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