Marysville and Triangle Community Foundation – Looking for Board members


Serving as a Board member is a fabulous way to leverage your skills and expertise to make a real difference in a community you care about.

Marysville and Triangle Community Foundation  is looking for board members to join its team.

Expressions of Interest are invited from people with skills in the following areas: legal, marketing, philanthropy, donations and bequests, and health and wellbeing. Professional skills in these areas will be preferred. Understanding of our community and its needs, an ability to work well within a team and a passion for our cause will be highly desirable attributes. For more information, please contact Robyn Hill on 0488 007 688 or

Harnessing the power in the room


One of the truly remarkable things about the National Community Foundations Forum is the depth of experience in the room. The event brings community foundation practitioners from across Australia together with their colleagues from the wider philanthropic and not-for-profit sectors.

Harnessing the power of this collective experience and wisdom is a key objective for the Forum:

Forum Buddy
This year, all delegates will be paired with a buddy (or partner) – a fellow delegate you can share your take-aways and learnings with over the course of the three days; helping you forge new connections and embed your experiences.

Collaborative Consultations Session (Thursday 13 October @8.45 am)
This session will feature table based facilitated consultations leveraging the deep knowledge in the room to address burning challenges community foundations are facing right now.

Networking Opportunities
The NCFF16 program includes plenty of opportunities for delegates to network, learn from each other and exchange ideas. At the ‘Bring a (metaphorical) plate afternoon tea (Tuesday 12 October @3.15pm), delegates will be encouraged to share a resource that they have developed (or discovered).


Visit our online ‘Sched‘ (sessions, speakers, events) and click the button below to Register. Full registration includes access to all sessions, networking events, morning/afternoon tea, lunch, Delegate reception and the Annual Forum Dinner.

The National Community Foundations Forum is delivered with the support of our partners and supporters:


RallyRound InBrief – A grand plan for a better world

RallyRound InBrief delivers snapshots on topical issues and news relevant to the community foundation sector

UN’s Sustainable Development Goals have profound implications for all sectors

On the 25th September last year the United Nations formally adopted Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This Agenda represents an ambitious plan to address global challenges, such as poverty, and ‘to shift the world on to a sustainable and resilient path’. Importantly, the Agenda is a universal one which clearly articulates an expectation that ‘all countries and all stakeholders, acting in collaborative partnership, will implement this plan’ and it recognises that success will be dependent upon a willingness to ‘take the bold and transformative steps which are urgently needed’.

The Agenda identifies 17 Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs (see below) each of which has specific targets that will need to be achieved over the next 15 years for the Action plan to be successfully enacted.

This month, the UN launched the The Sustainable Development Goals Report 2016 which, by delivering an overview of the SDGs using current data, tells the story of where the world is at the beginning of its 15 year journey. The story that emerges from the pages of the report is, unsurprisingly, not a particularly comforting one, and serves to demonstrate the enormous challenges ahead; around one in eight people live in extreme poverty, nearly 800 million people suffer from hunger and access to water is an issue that affects more than 2 billion people.

The report also underscores the importance (and the challenge) of data in the tracking of progress towards the SDGs. Underpinning the goals are a multiplicity of statistical indicators and measures which will need to be extrapolated at a national level and then a global one.

Why is this relevant to community foundations?
Most, if not all, of the SDGs will resonate with community foundations as they echo, at a global level, the challenges that we are dealing with in our own communities. It is to be hoped that the massive collective action framework that the SDGs represent, will lead to an unprecedented sharing of knowledge as to how others are dealing with these issues around the world; what is working and what is not. Community foundations can leverage this knowledge within their own catchments.

UN member states, which includes Australia, will be expected to use the SDGs as a constant touchstone. This presents community foundations with a platform to engage with government and other sectors around a common agenda and ensure they are aware of, and can support, the unique role community foundations play. The SDGs will create opportunities for collaboration which community foundations can become active participants in.

In its recent report, From Global Goals to Local Impact, the US Council on Foundations emphasises the constructive role philanthropy can and should play in the multi sector effort that will be required to meet the SDGs. Community foundations are well placed, with their connection to community and local knowledge, to facilitate and translate these ambitious global goals into meaningful local action.

The SDG Philanthropy Platform is an initiative of the United Nations Development Program, Foundation Centre and Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisers which aims to connect and encourage collaboration between philanthropy, the UN, governments, the private sector and NGOs. The website includes a dashboard of indicators, information on funders and knowledge hub with reports, background papers and and case studies and briefings.

The 17 SDGs are:

  1. End poverty in all its forms everywhere
  2. End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
  3. Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
  4. Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
  5. Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
  6. Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
  7. Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
  8. Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
  9. Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
  10. Reduce inequality within and among countries
  11. Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
  12. Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
  13. Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
  14. Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development
  15. Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss
  16. Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels
  17. Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development


Register now for the National Community Foundations Forum. This year’s theme – Building Resilience Through Innovation and Collaboration – focuses on how the community foundation sector can evolve and adapt in order to thrive in a challenging and changing environment. For all the latest program details go here.

RallyRound eNews – July 2016

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
July 2016


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.

ACP member networkingRR

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

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.

magnifyingglass    Resource Roundup

  • 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.

Know of a resource we should add? Contact


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.

We’d love to hear from you.  Contact

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Member Networking and Forum Primer – August

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.

Melbourne CBD – walking distance to Southern Cross Station and tram stops

RSVP by 5th August for venue to

Thanks to Rikki Andrew and Deakin University for hosting this event


Mirboo North & District – seeking Exec. Officer


MNDCF Mirboo North & District Community Foundation Inc. (MNDCF) works to make a positive and lasting difference to people living within the communities of Mirboo North and District encompassing Thorpdale, Boolarra, Yinnar and Dumbalk in South Gippsland, Victoria. The organisation has distributed grants exceeding $500K to over 60 local charitable organisations since its establishment in 2010.

The Board is seeking a highly motivated and dynamic leader to replace the current Executive Officer (EO), who is retiring. Reporting to the Board through the Chair, the EO is responsible for the day-to-day management of MNDCF and for developing and executing strategies with the objective of enhancing the value and effectiveness of the foundation.
Key selection criteria are:

  • Working creatively and with empathy within in a local rural community setting to produce positive outcomes in an ethical and effective manner.
  • Organisational and strategic policy development, monitoring and reporting to the Board.
  • Successful project development and management including meeting financial and governance requirements.
  • Community engagement specifically within small rural communities.
  • Developing active partnerships including locating and negotiating funding agreements with government, corporate, community and philanthropic bodies.

Applications must be received by email Friday 29 July 2016, addressing key selection criteria and details of at least two referees. Commencement date around October 2016.
To receive a copy of the Position Description please contact Derrick Ehmke or 0418 301 092

National Community Foundations Forum – FRRR Scholarships announced


In 2016 FRRR continues to support networking and professional development for the Community Foundation sector. One way that FRRR delivers on this is through the provision of Scholarships that assist with travel and registration costs to the National Community Foundation Forum.

In 2016 FRRR is offering a limited number of partial and full scholarships. Priority will be given to Rural Regional and Remote Community Foundations who have greater travel costs. FRRR’s preference is to support only one representative from a Community Foundation, in order to share support across a larger number of Community Foundations.

Scholarship requests must be submitted EITHER via the online application form or by completing the MS Word application form available for download from our website

Applications close Monday 1 August 2016.

RallyRound InBrief – Is your organisation disaster ready?

acossml    Is your organisation disaster ready?

The Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS), the peak body for the community services and welfare sector, has launched the Resilient Community Organisations Toolkit to help organisations measure and improve their resilience to disasters and emergencies.

The Toolkit includes a benchmarking system so organisations can assess their preparedness for disasters and emergencies and identify areas of improvement,

Whilst primarily aimed at service deliverers, the toolkit has much that is relevant to community foundations, as well as being a prompt for encouraging thinking around community resilience.

Resilient Community Organisations can be accessed here:

RippleEffecsml    Progress starts with community

The Ripple Effect, a report from US based the Harwood Institute for Public Innovation with support from the Kettering Foundation, starts with the premise that progress is more likely to come at the community level than it is nationally and goes on to explore how change happens and how change agents, such as community foundations, can be be intentional in their efforts to help bring it about?

The report asserts that change is seeded within an enabling environment, emerges over time and engages multiple actors within an adaptive learning framework which encourages intentional choices that leverage knowledge around what is and isn’t working.

Using Battle Creek, Michigan as a case study – where the Harwood Institute worked with individuals and organizations to address issues of vulnerable children and families – The Ripple Effect identifies nine drivers for change which start with making the community the frame of reference to align action – a notion that is already fundamental to community foundations.

The Ripple Effect can be downloaded here

workshop-logo     Collaborative giving workshop

There are still spaces available at the Collaborative Giving Workshop (teleconference/webinar) which is now scheduled for 11.30am – 1.00pm AEST, Thursday, 30th June 2016 with James Boyd, National Convenor of Impact100 in Australia and Dylan Smith, ACP Chair and EO of the Fremantle Foundation.

Deep Dive into what makes a successful giving group and explore how to kick-start collaborative philanthropy or set up a collaborative sub-fund as part of your community foundation.

James Boyd will talk about his learnings from the USA following his research in 2011 of collaborative giving groups. James and Dylan will then dive into the operations of successful groups drawing from their experience of Impact100, the model now successfully operating in Perth, Fremantle, Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney.

In 2014 Impact100 Fremantle raised $115,000 in its first year. In 2015, more than 100 donors contributed $130,000 to high impact grants, with a game-changing $100,000 awarded to a micro-farming venture. Collectively Australia’s Impact100 groups have distributed over $1.5million.

The workshop is free to ACP members (non members $55). For more information contact



Registrations for the National Community Foundations Forum will open soon. This year’s theme – Building Resilience Through Innovation and Collaboration – focuses on how the community foundation sector can evolve and adapt in order to thrive in a challenging and changing environment.

You can get a sneak peek at the program outline here. To be notified as soon as tickets become available contact

South Australia moves ahead in quest to reduce red tape for charities.

South Australia has moved ahead of other jurisdictions with the passing of the Statutes Amendment (Commonwealth Registered Entities) Bill. The Bill will free-up charities registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) from duplicate reporting requirements.

Stand Like Stone community foundation Executive Officer Georgie McKay has welcomed the legislation saying: ‘This reduction in red tape will allow Stand Like Stone to focus our limited administration resources more effectively. It has been challenging to meet the requirements of dual reporting to the South Australian State Government, as well as to ASIC and the ACNC. As the sector moves to single reporting via the ACNC it will enable better governance. We applaud the State Government for working with the ACNC and taking the lead in ensuring that charities can focus their energy and funding to allow them to thrive within a robust regulatory framework overseen by the ACNC’.

The new law, which should come into effect early next year, allows organisations incorporated under the state Associations Act, and registered with the ACNC to report through the latter. SA Charities will no longer be required to apply for a separate fundraising licence although they will be required to notify the SA Minister if they intend to fundraise .

Australian Community Philanthropy has similarly welcomed the changes with Executive Officer, Kate Buxton commenting ‘The ACNC has clearly articulated its commitment to reducing red tape and simplifying the regulatory framework. This is precisely the sort of outcome we were hoping for and look forward to other States following suit’.


Registrations for the National Community Foundations Forum will open soon. This year’s theme – Building Resilience Through Innovation and Collaboration – focuses on how the community foundation sector can evolve and adapt in order to thrive in a challenging and changing environment.

You can get a sneak peek at the program outline here. To be notified as soon as tickets become available contact

Now is the time to make a lasting difference in your community

The end of the financial year is an excellent time to consider making a charitable donation. Donating through a community foundation can extend the impact of a donation, ensuring your gift continues to make a difference.

Community Foundations harness the power of philanthropy and their deep local knowledge. They support local organisations delivering projects and programs that meet local need, building healthy, sustainable and resilient communities.

Community Foundations work with donors, assisting them to think strategically about how they give and ensuring their donation has the greatest impact on the issues and causes they care about.

Find out if there is a Community Foundation near you