The last couple of months have taken on something of an international flavour! I had the opportunity to attend a round table, hosted by Philanthropy Australia, with guests Stephen Heintz, President of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and Brad Smith, President of the Foundation Center, who were in Australia for the launch of the US Foundation Funding for Australia report. Rockefeller Brothers’ strongly articulated commitment to transparency, together with the incredible breadth of information available from the Foundation Center made an enormously powerful argument for open exchange of information which, undeniably, leads to a growth in capacity benefiting all. In later conversations with Tom Kelly, Vice President-Knowledge of Evaluation & Learning at the Hawai‘i Community Foundation I was struck by, regardless of size /impact area/location, the shared culture of our sector. This comes, I think, from a profound connection to our communities and unique commitment to the principle of philanthropy for everyone.
As was I was putting the finishing touches to this RallyRound, the Federal Government introduced the Private Ancillary Fund and Public Ancillary Fund Amended Guidelines 2016. ACP is disappointed that the government did not adopt our recommendation to make the minimum distribution requirements more responsive to the needs of smaller Public Ancillary Funds. We are pleased however that the guidelines give the Commissioner of Taxation the discretion to vary this upon application from a fund meeting certain criteria. The guidelines also provide welcome clarity around portability from private to public ancillary funds. We look forward to ongoing conversations around DGR and other regulatory issues impacting our sector.
Kate Buxton, May 2016
National Community Foundations Forum , Tuesday 11th to Thursday 13th October 2016, RACV Resort, Inverloch, Victoria
Registrations for this year’s National Community Foundations Forum, 11-13 October at Inverloch Victoria will open soon. Our themes this year include catalytic philanthropy and collaboration, engaging with donors and community foundations as leaders. We have a fantastic line-up of speakers including Seri Rankin, CEO ten20 Foundation, leading Canadian researcher Susan Phillips, XFactor Consulting’s Julia Keady-Blanch and, of course, practitioners from Australian community foundations.
NCFF16 will feature a collaborative consultation session which will harness the knowledge in the room to address some of the burning issues and challenges facing community foundations. I’d like to take this opportunity to plant the seed that we will be putting a call-out for community foundations willing to present a 10 minute case study on an inhibiting challenge or barrier they are facing in their community foundation as part of this session.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org and keep an eye on ACP’s website for updates.
Enabling Sustainable Regional Community Philanthropy Initiative
Enabling Sustainable Regional Community Philanthropy (ESRCP) is a rural and regional initiative from ACP which aims to build greater awareness and understanding of community foundations at a local and national level; build capacity in new and emerging areas of philanthropy such as collaborative giving and collective impact and support the development of Vital Signs in Australia.
ACP is actively seeking funding support for ESRCP and has established a donation account with the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) so donations over $2 to this initiative are tax deductible.
More information on ESRCP is available from our website
Hands on experience brings a new perspective
The Vital Signs Working Group was established following the 2015 Forum to ensure a collaborative, cohesive national approach to Vital Signs in Australia. The group includes representatives from 10 community foundations encompassing New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and Queensland.
The Group was delighted to welcome Erin Pratley, Project Manager for Centre Wellington’s Vital Signs, to its April meeting. Erin shared her experiences of delivering Vital Signs from within a relatively small community foundation (Centre Wellington in Canada has a population of 26,000) with limited resources. One of the many takeaways from Erin’s presentation was around the value of Vital Signs as an as an effective engagement tool and catalyst for partnership building.
Vital Signs is an annual community check-up conducted by community foundations. It provides a comprehensive and accessible look at how our communities are faring in key quality-of-life areas and is used by community foundations around the world to identify the needs of their communities and to shape their community and strategic grant giving. Vital Signs is a national program in Canada under the auspices of Community Foundations of Canada. ACP manages the licensing of Vital Signs within Australia.
Network & Sector News
Welcome to the Family!
The Community Foundation movement continues to grow in Australia with the soon to be launched Leongatha & District Community Foundation joining Australia’s 36 active foundations. Leongatha is a rural community and the largest urban settlement in the South Gippsland Shire in Victoria. Gippsland is becoming something of a hub for community philanthropy; LDCF has has three close neighbors – the Bass Coast Community Foundation, Mirboo North & District Community Foundation and the Casey Cardinia Foundation.
$1 million for GROW Partnership Project
Victorian State Treasurer Tim Pallas recently announced that the Victorian State Government is investing $1 million into the GROW Strategy (G21 Opportunities for Work).
Victorian State Treasurer Tim Pallas with Elaine Carbines (G21) and Bill Mithen (Give Where You Live Foundation)
The grant from the Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund over the next five years will help the GROW partnership initiative between the Give Where You Live Foundation and G21 Geelong Region Alliance tackle joblessness in disadvantaged areas in the G21 region. Click here for the GROW website for further information on the GROW Project.
Border Trust Launches May is Giving Month
Border Trust’s May is Giving Month initiative is designed to generate a “give where you live” culture to support local people and community organisations. The community foundation has secured great support from local media partner 2AY who will feature donors and recipients throughout the month. The Border Mail will also feature weekly stories that highlight the benefits of local giving.
A Big Give for CFCV
Community Foundation for Central Victoria is set to host its inaugural Big Give on 1st September 2016. Big Give is a 24 hour online Community Giving Day. Not-for-profit, sports club and local community group are able to create a campaign to raise funds for their organisation, cause or project under the Big Give umbrella. Community members can make a donation of as little as $10 to participating organizations.
Community and Philanthropy Partnerships Week 2016
Community and Philanthropy Partnerships Week 2016 will take place 5 – 11 December and is a great opportunity for community foundations and the local groups they support to celebrate their philanthropic partnerships.
As with last year, grants are available to help communities showcase and celebrate their partnerships during CPPW. Grant guidelines are available here – applications close on 6 June.
SA leads the way in reducing red tape
South Australia has introduced the Statutes Amendment (Commonwealth Registered Entities) Bill into its House of Assembly. The legislation is aimed at the elimination of duplication in reporting requirements for charities and nfps registered with the ACNC and collecting in South Australia. If successful, SA will be the first state to act on this.
- Foundation Center is a global hub for philanthropy. Services include the amazing IssueLab – a searchable online collection of more than 12,000 documents representing one of the world’s largest collections of social sector knowledge.
- Exponent Philanthropy is a US based association dedicated to serving foundations with few or no staff, philanthropic families, and individual donors. Many of its resources are available without registration including the nine part Philanthropy Lessons video series which covers issues including transparency, collaboration and evaluation.
- Network for Good’s new freely available booklet focuses on storytelling for non-profits and how to present stories that attract donors and win support
- NCVO Knowhow Nonprofit is a UK based online resource for voluntary organisations. The website hosts a number of how-tos including a toolkit to help organizations plan a digital skills development program.
- Nonprofit Tech for Good is a social and mobile media resource for nonprofits. Based upon the survey results of 2,780 NGOs worldwide, the 2016 Global NGO Online Technology Report provides insight into the global NGO sector and its use of online technology.
- The Governance Institute of Australia’s Risk Management for Directors’ Handbook aims to provide clarity around the interaction between governance and risk management, reduce confusion around the division of responsibilities between oversight and implementation roles and achieve focus on embedding risk management within the strategic framework.