2017 National Community Foundations Forum

Network. Learn. Think. Do.

Join community foundation staff, trustees and directors, representatives from the broader for-purpose sector, government and philanthropy for #NCFF17.

In 2017, NCFF returns to Melbourne, to be hosted by the Australian Communities Foundation, the Inner North Community Foundation and the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation.

Taking place across three days, our program is a mix of the practical and the inspirational, featuring plenaries, keynotes and interactive workshops from international and local sector leaders, advisors, experts and thought leaders.

NCFF17 will explore the SMIRF capital of Community Foundations; that is the premise that meaningful change is achieved when Community Foundations leverage all forms of their capital; Social, Moral, Intellectual, Reputational as well as Financial; building networks and connections to foster a sense of belonging, reflecting and protecting our community’s values, leveraging our deep local knowledge, and using our positions as trusted local leaders to lift-up, empower and enfranchise community organisations or citizen groups that are often over-looked and disadvantaged.

Join at us at the State Library Victoria in the heart of Melbourne 17-19 October 2017

Applications now open for FRRR Scholarships

FRRR Scholarships are designed to assist rural regional and remote delegates with their travel and registration costs to attend the National Community Foundations Forum.

There are a range of full and partial scholarships available with priority given to those that have the greatest travel costs. FRRR’s preference is to support only one representative per Community Foundation, to enable more people to be supported from more Community Foundations. The maximum funds available are $1,000 per Foundation.

The closing date for applications is 18 August.

Click here to apply online (preferred).
Further information is available here. Downloadable application forms are also available.

If you have any questions, contact FRRR on info@frrr.org.au or Freecall 1800 170 020.

NCFF17 Program Outline

Tuesday 17th October (10am – 5pm)
On Tuesday we will kick-off with an interactive session to find-out who is in the room, identify common challenges and opportunities. After lunch, Ian Bird, President of Community Foundations of Canada (CFC), will deliver our opening keynote, our panel will explore how ‘belonging’ begins with place and we’ll hear from Community Foundations about the innovative and transformative change they are enabling in their communities’.

Our Delegates reception, hosted by the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation, will be at Zinc, located next to the river at Federation Square.

Wednesday, 18th October (8am – 5pm)
A full day of plenaries and concurrent workshops sessions focussing on a wide range of topics, sharing the depth and breadth of knowledge within the sector, and with ample networking opportunities.

The Annual Community Foundation Dinner and Awards, hosted by the Australian Communities Foundation (ACF) and the Inner North Community Foundation (INCF), at the Fitzroy Town Hall, will be extra special as we mark the 10th anniversary of INCF and the 20th Anniversary of ACF.

Thursday, 19th October (9am – 3pm)
NCFF17 wont lose pace any on its last day. Wendy Scaife, The Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies, will present findings from Giving Australia 2016, the largest ever research effort into philanthropic behaviour to understand how, why and how much Australians give to charity. We’ll explore Collective Giving and hear how Community Foundations are leveraging this model to actively engage donors in strengthening their communities.

NCFF17 is set to be another memorable Forum and one you won’t want to miss whether you’re a new or experienced Community Foundation practitioner!

Bookmark this page for further exciting announcements. See below for more information on registration and accommodation.

Registration and Accommodation:

NCFF17 represents fantastic value for money. A full pass includes access to all sessions, workshops of your choice, lunch, morning and/or afternoon tea, networking and social events including Tuesday’s Delegates Reception and Wednesday’s National Community Foundation Dinner and Awards.


We have negotiated special rates at nearby hotels. However, these rates are only available for a short time so we recommend you book now to avoid disappointment. Download the following  instructions with information on how to book your accommodation.

NCFF Accommodation Instructions


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