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This post written by Vedran Drakulic, Chief Executive Officer, Gandel Philanthropy.
Over the recent months Gandel Philanthropy has undertaken a process of reviewing its strategic direction, its granting philosophy and the nature of its grant-making. The reasons for this include Gandel Philanthropy’s wish to expand its community involvement and influence, create stronger links and develop its relationships, as well as the fact that the Board aims to increase grant distributions in the coming years.
The new strategy addresses matters such as the areas of interest that we wish to support; outlines the three levels of grants in terms of their financial size; the distinction between grants that are open for application and those that are by invitation; and it outlines the time-frames for grants in relation to the application periods and the frequency of granting.
In terms of the actual structure of giving, Gandel Philanthropy developed three levels - categories of grants that are aimed at providing support for both Jewish and Australian causes and organisations:
1. communityassist grants
These grants are allocated up to a maximum amount of $40,000. They are generally envisaged as one-off grants aimed at providing support for a defined program or part of a program. They are geared towards smaller community organisations, however any eligible organisation can apply. These grants are open for application to anyone that is eligible, and that delivers programs or services within one of the specified areas of interest (see below). This is a rolling program of applications throughout the year and there are no closing dates for these grants. Decisions will be made around four times a year.
Gandel Philanthropy believes that all types of grants are needed to enable us to provide support for the benefit of those in need in the community, and to achieve our vision of “creating a positive and lasting difference in people’s lives.” We believe that, strategically, we can support both the ongoing, immediate, as well as emerging needs in the society through allocations from our communityassist grants. As Chet Tchozewski, of Global Greengrants Fund, pointed out in Alliance magazine, “too often foundation leaders incorrectly assume that small grants are not strategic”. We believe they are and can be, and our strategy reflects that belief.
In addition, we will provide grants in both the traditional, as well as some new, areas of interest, reflecting our wish to explore and learn about the needs in a range of sectors in the community. These areas of interest may continue to evolve as part of our learning.
Currently Gandel Philanthropy communityassist grants are allocated towards eight specific Areas of Interest:
- Arts & Culture;
- Health & Medical Research;
- Community Development;
- Social Cohesion & Inclusion;
- Poverty & Disadvantage;
- Environment; and
- Emergency Response & Recovery.
Additional details related to eligibility, Areas of Interest, the application process, exclusions and other relevant information are contained in the communityassist Grant Guidelines document. Potential applicants need to contact Gandel Philanthropy on email@example.com, or by calling (03) 8564 1288, to obtain the communityassist Grant Guidelines and the communityassist Application Form. Applicants are encouraged to discuss their project proposal with us before submitting an application.
2. communitybuild grants
The communitybuild category of grants reflects Gandel Philanthropy’s wish to provide significant support to community organisations to achieve stronger and longer-term positive social impact within the specified areas of interest. These grants can be allocated as single, one-off contribution or multi-year support, depending on the nature of the need and the proposal. As a rule, the aim is to support programs that are evidence-based, that deliver defined positive outcomes in the community, that may provide long-term benefit to the target audience, that have the potential to be ‘transferrable’ and broadly implemented.
New issue of Australian Philanthropy journal - Brave Philanthropy: taking risks and testing solutionsOn October 1, 2012 at 4:06 pm by Joanna Fulton - Permanent Link
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Brave Philanthropy: taking risks and testing solutions is the theme of our latest issue of Australian Philanthropy, Issue 82, Spring 2012.
Lisa Jordan, executive director of the Bernard van Leer Foundation wrote in Alliance magazine, (March 2012) “…taking risks is an inherent responsibility of organised philanthropy … to use private money to try to solve intractable problems … The question is, do we?” While foundations often explore and plan for financial risk in their investment management, there is little understanding of risk on the program side. “We have no forums where risk can be discussed … and we rarely use the tools we have such as evaluation to help us understand the degree to which we have succeeded or failed.”
The question of failure is a tricky one – it assumes we have identified a measure of achievement to be aimed for, and fallen short of that bar. But how many foundations have actually identified the impact they want to make in a given place or field, let alone measured success against those aims? If, on the other hand, the only true failure is a grant that nothing is learned from, why do many foundations inhibit the extent of their successes by not sharing the learnings? Issue 82 investigates whether Australian philanthropy does indeed take risks in its grant-making and learn from both its successes and failures.
By Brenton Caffin, CEO, The Australian Centre for Social Innovation (TACSI)
The Australian Centre for Social Innovation works with people to create and spread new ways to lead better lives. We heard the call from the child protection system and in response we undertook a project to explore ways of preventing families fromb spiralling into crisis and to enable more families to thrive. The result was Family by Family.
Interview: Eda Ritchie (PDF)
The R. E. Ross Trust, funding across Victoria, is one of the most innovative and respected foundations in the country, showing leadership across grant-making, communications and transparency. Eda Ritchie joined the Trust as trustee in 1997 and Louise Arkles asked her about the importance of risk-taking in philanthropy.
Interview: Dr Sam Prince (PDF)
Picture this: a Scottish-born Australian doctor with Sri Lankan heritage running a chain of Mexican restaurants alongside his work in emergency medicine and doing aid work in Cambodia, Sri Lanka and Vietnam, and now in remote communities in the Northern Territory. Phew!
Dr Sam Prince lives this life – he’s a medical doctor, a business entrepreneur, and the founder of the charities Emagine Foundation and One Disease at a Time, and to top it off he’s not yet 30. Louise Arkles, editor of Australian Philanthropy, asked Sam Prince about his philanthropy and his approach to taking risks and testing solutions.
Members of Philanthropy Australia can download the full PDF version of issue 82 here (requires Member login)
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This post written by Justin Glass, Development Manager, Trust for Nature
Trust for Nature is an independent, not-for-profit organisation established to protect native habitat on private land. Established under the Victorian Conservation Trust Act (1972), Trust for Nature is the only Victorian organisation to protect bushland with conservation covenants that last in perpetuity.
Trust for Nature has conservation covenants on about 1100 Victorian properties covering 46,000 hectares; owns a further 47 properties covering about 35,000 hectares and has transferred a further 67 properties to the State.
Image: Map of Victorian covenants and location of Neds Corner. Download as PDF.
Trust for Nature’s Strategic Plan stresses the importance of stakeholder engagement in private land conservation particularly with local Indigenous and Traditional Owner groups. At the Trust’s largest property, the 30,000 hectare former grazing property, ‘Neds Corner Station’, located 70 km west of Mildura, Trust for Nature has done a lot of work with Indigenous people to concurrently protect cultural assets and native species. It was purchased in 2002 for large scale conservation research and practice with assistance from the Commonwealth Government, the RE Ross Trust, the Cybec Foundation, The Meles Fund, The Limb Foundation and many other generous individuals.
The Indigenous history of Neds Corner Station is as rich as its natural heritage. It is thought that the patterns of native plants and wildlife found by the first Europeans were shaped by Indigenous use of the region dating from about 13,000 years ago. The Murray River provided food for large communities of Indigenous people and areas like Neds Corner Station became important sites for trade and cultural ceremonies. Archaeological discoveries in the area continue to provide us with valuable insights into how the land was managed and the cultural significance it holds for Indigenous people.
Photo: Indigenous crew erecting fences
around sensitive sites
At Neds Corner Station many projects have been undertaken to protect Indigenous cultural heritage by Trust for Nature and local Indigenous people including:
- Completing over 50 kilometres of fencing to protect important Indigenous cultural sites have been built by Indigenous and non-Indigenous fencers in partnership with Mallee Catchment Management Authority Indigenous Advisory Officers;
- Securing Commonwealth funding to establish a large-scale fence, that builds on earlier work to improve cultural heritage protection and research environmental restoration and cultural heritage protection working in together. Trust for Nature is thankful for further investments by philanthropists that build on this Commonwealth grant and enable additional works to be planned.
- Trust for Nature has established a partnership with La Trobe University that provides training in the recognition and management of cultural sites to Indigenous and non-Indigenous people;
- Commenced development of a cultural heritage management plan for Neds Corner;
- Created a “Keeping Place” for Indigenous cultural items requiring removal as part of the Commonwealth Government’s Living Murray works;
- Develop a project plan to obtain funding for Indigenous officers in ecology and land management.
Photo: Blue and MEEP participant
erecting rabbit-proof fence
With the recent floods and good seasons the River is again awash with fish, turtles, crustaceans including water mussels. Kangaroos, emus, tree goannas, shingleback lizards and move over earth that is filled with yams, soft root tubers, other edible roots and herbaceous perennials. This currently abundant supply of food, reminds us of how the Neds Corner Station area has provided Indigenous people with food and supplies for millennia. Neds Corner Station and its surrounding areas are believed to contain one of the highest densities of Indigenous cultural objects and burial sites in Victoria.
Trust for Nature recognises the significance of these sites and works closely with the Indigenous people of the Murray region to protect them from potential exposure caused by erosion, rabbit burrowing and other animal or human disturbance. Protection of cultural heritage is often best achieved through the promotion of native plants and the Trust, in partnership with many others has undertaken work to regenerate native vegetation and protection of Indigenous sites synergistically.
The goal of Trust for Nature at Neds Corner is to promote the bond between people and the landscape, a bond demonstrated by Indigenous use of the land for millennia. Achieving closer ties with the Indigenous community will be an important part of our journey.
For further information on Trust for Nature or Neds Corner Station please contact Justin Glass, Development Manager, Trust for Nature - (03) 8631 5888, www.trustfornature.org.au
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Indigenous philanthropy is the theme of our latest issue of Australian Philanthropy, Issue 80, December 2011.
Indigenous philanthropy is both an area in need of funding and support, and a lens through which other areas of philanthropic work can be viewed. Cultural, artistic, educational and health challenges are all being addressed by different groups in the not-for-profit sector. This issue of Australian Philanthropy offers firsthand accounts of the work being done. This issue also provides an opportunity for philanthropists and other professionals in the sector who work with Indigenous people and communities to share their knowledge and experiences.
By Rikki Andrews, Philanthropy Australia
Indigenous people are significantly over-represented in the Australian justice system. ABS surveys in 2008 note that while Indigenous people make up 2.5 per cent of the Australian population they make up over 25 per cent of the prison population. An ABS 2010 report indicated that there has been a 47 per cent rise in incarceration of Indigenous women. Most critically the Federal Government report Doing Time – Time For Doing: Indigenous youth in the criminal justice system highlighted the need for early intervention to reduce this over-representation.
Red Dust Role Models (PDF)
By Darren Smith
In remote regions of Australia some children have limited opportunities in life due to geographical isolation, limited access to education, socioeconomic conditions, severe health and hygiene issues or lack of safe and suitable play environments. Red Dust Role Models seeks to improve the general health and wellbeing of disadvantaged Indigenous youth by addressing obvious health challenges and improving educational opportunities. Red Dust seeks to remove barriers, enable access and create opportunities that provide pathways for positive social change.
By Amanda Martin, Australian Environmental Grantmakers Network
Given continuing development and land pressure across Australia, increasing water scarcity and the projected impacts of climate change on species composition and distribution across the ontinent, there are strong global, national, regional and local grounds to prioritise conservation in the Indigenous estate.
Our previous issue, Communicating with each other and the world (Issue 79, Spring 2011) is now available for Members to download from the PhilanthropyWiki here.
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Bruce Argyle attended the CHOGM People’s Forum on behalf of Philanthropy Australia last week.
As part of the various meetings and fora held in conjunction with the Commonwealth Heads of government Meetings in Perth, the CHOGM Peoples Forum (CPF) brought together 250 civil society representatives from across the Commonwealth to share ideas and to respond to issues under the theme ‘Driving Change for a Dynamic Commonwealth’.
The program included eight themed workshops;
- Governance and Democracy
- Gender and Women’s Rights
- Indigenous People
- Education, Technology and Innovation
- Culture, Identity and Peace
- Economic Development, Trade and Finance
- Climate Change, Environment and Disaster Management
- Human Rights
The People’s Forum was opened by the Prime Minister, the Hon Julia Gillard who spoke about the CPF being a place for promoting democracy and civil society, representing over 2 billion people from 54 countries. She encouraged those present to ensure that civil society brings commonwealth values to life on a daily basis.
Dhananjayan Sriskandarajah (‘Danny’), Interim Director of the Commonwealth Foundation, highlighted that, in order to remain relevant, the Commonwealth needed to return to focusing on both values and on value-adding in terms of adding value to people’s lives. Kamalesh Sharma, Secretary General of the Commonwealth highlighted these values as including tolerance, respect and understanding and cited the Commonwealth as being the original worldwide web.
Phiroshaw Camay, Chair of the Commonwealth Foundation, spoke about the Statement on Civil Society that has been developed and highlighted the importance of education as a fundamental human right. Ingrid Srinath, Secretary CIVICUS, The Global Society for Civil Society, took the assembled group on a journey of civil society … through the heady optimism of the 1990’s to the war on terror and increasing levels of disparity around the world. This has been mirrored by an increase in criminalisation of dissent in many countries.
There was a strong focus on civil society throughout the Forum sessions and an encouragement to ‘join the dots’ through partnerships and collaboration. Interestingly, Facebook was cited as the largest example of civil society on the planet. Commonwealth connect was launched as a new platform for building closer connections between people in the Commonwealth.
Three recommendations forwarded to the Heads of Government were:
- To see civil society as a resource and as allies of government
- To instruct public servants to work more closely with civil society
- To instruct the Commonwealth Foundation to take on a facilitator role to make the above happen.
Sir Ronald Sanders spoke on behalf of the EPG (Eminent Persons Group) that was set up in 2009 to frame a report for the Heads of Government on reforms for the Commonwealth. This report includes 206 recommendations but has yet to be made public (much to the consternation of delegates present). It is said to include recommendations for a Human Rights Charter, the establishment of a Commissioner for democracy and human rights and an expert group to look at the impacts of climate change for member countries.
On Wednesday evening a panel of human rights advocates included the Hon Michael Kirby who spoke to the topic ‘Silence is not an option’. Participants were strongly encouraged to speak up for human rights as part of civil society. In terms of Commonwealth priorities this included speaking up on:
- Early and forced marriages
- Rights of women and girls
- Impacts of climate change
Climate change was highlighted as an area that the Commonwealth needs to adopt a much stronger position on, given the huge impact likely to be seen on small Pacific islands and low lying countries. Speakers included Daisy Cooper, Director of the Commonwealth Advisory Bureau who gave clues to how increased efforts could be achieved; Nicholas Watt of the Commonwealth Ecology Council spoke about the need to establish marine parks and sustainable fisheries (‘If we don’t have fisheries on the agenda then by 2050 we won’t have fish on the menu’).
On the final afternoon participants were delighted to have two special guests speak about the need to finish the task of totally eradicating Polio. It was noted that there are now only four countries and 1% of the world still have Polio (Pakistan, Afghanistan, India, Nigeria) but speakers highlighted that we cannot afford to rest before total eradication. The first guest was Ramesh Ferris, a polio survivor from India, now living in Canada. He talked of his own experience and how he was provided rehabilitative support and corrective surgery. The second was Hugh Evans, CEO of Global Poverty Project (previously Oaktree Foundation) who talked about the need to raise funds to remove the final traces of Polio. Without this a further 10 million children will get polio over the next 40 years. A special concert is being held for Polio in Perth during CHOGM and Julia Gillard announced that Australia will commit to providing $50M of additional funds to address polio. Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation are also contributing $40M.
The Commonwealth People’s Forum provided an opportunity to see firsthand how civil society can engage around shared values to address global issues and to be a part of framing future directions. Against a backdrop of needing to ensure relevance it was great to network and be a part of a worldwide web of very diverse peoples.
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Quite a few scholarship announcements are doing the rounds at the moment, so we’d like to let you know about a few that are worth looking at for those in the philanthropic sector. Please direct all enquiries to the relevant organisation offering the placements.
Australian Scholarships Foundation Scholarships for Not-for-Profit Board Members
Up to 325 scholarships are available for not-for-profit board members and non-executive directors to attend the Australian Institute of Company Directors’ one-day Not-for-Profit Board Course to be held around the country during October and November. The one-day course is designed specifically for board directors of charitable organisations looking to develop a deeper knowledge of the responsibilities of directorship, governance and performance issues relating to NFP organisations. Funded by Perpetual Foundation in partnership with the JS Love Trust.
Note that your organisation does not need DGR in order for you (as an individual) to apply.
Scholarship commencement date: One day in October or November 2011in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth or Canberra
Applications for scholarship close: Friday, 19 August 2011
Charlie Perkins Indigenous Scholarships in the UK
Two annual postgraduate scholarships are open for Indigenous Australians to study at the University of Oxford and the University of Cambridge for up to four years. Established by the Charlie Perkins Trust for Children & Students, with funding for the first two scholars provided by the Australian Government, the British Government, Rio Tinto, Cambridge Commonwealth Trust and Cambridge Australia Scholarships Ltd.
Applicants must first apply to Oxford or Cambridge University for a graduate degree before applying for the scholarship.
Scholarship commencement date: 2012/2013
Applications to Cambridge University closing date: 1 December 2011http://blog.philanthropy.org.au/wp-admin/post.php?action=edit&post=639
Applications to Oxford University closing date: 20 January 2012
Applications for scholarship open: 15 August 2011 - 14 October 2011
Swinburne University Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarship - Arts & Social Sciences
Based in Victoria, the Swinburne Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarships exempt students from paying the student contribution amount for the duration of their course, subject to academic and other conditions. Courses eligible include the Bachelor of Arts (Politics & Public Policy) and the Bachelor of Social Science, amongst many others.
Scholarship commencement date: 2012
Applications for scholarship close: 19 December 2011
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The research team at the Australian Centre for Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies is undertaking a survey to deepen the understanding of philanthropy for Indigenous causes. This is the fourth phase of research into Indigenous cause philanthropy and builds on in-depth interviews with grantmakers, grantseekers, and government.
The purpose of this research is to map the investment in Indigenous causes by philanthropy and to measure the leverage philanthropic investment has in procuring government funding. Uncovering the extent of financial leverage in a democracy more driven by budgetary considerations than at any time in history will provide powerful insight into the distribution of political power and the existing financial capacity of philanthropy to effect change in Indigenous wellbeing.
The research team is looking for representatives of philanthropic trusts, foundations, private and public ancillary funds and corporate foundations and trusts ( whether they fund Indigenous causes or not) who are best placed to report on their organisation’s financial support.
Responses are kept confidential: for further information see the Participant Information Sheet.
To access the survey, click here.
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(The following guest post is by the Australian Environmental Grantmakers Network.)
Did you know that Indigenous people formally own 1.7 million square kilometers of land in Australia or nearly 23% of the continent and are responsible for sea management across parts of the Australian coast including 85% of the Northern Territory coastline? Indigenous people have a connection with Australian country that has existed for thousands of years.
Cultivating this connection not only brings about conservation outcomes but cultural, economic, health and education benefits. However, reliable information about the work of indigenous groups and individuals and those supporting them can be hard to find. What is the nature of this land and sea ownership, which institutions facilitate this relationship and what is the role of philanthropy in this sector? Are there good philanthropic examples we can learn from?
The Australian Environmental Grantmakers Network (AEGN) is holding its annual Conference on the 29th of June 2011 at the Melbourne Museum. This year the conference theme is Indigenous and environmental and funding.
International guest speaker, Diane Christensen of the U.S. based Christensen Fund, will speak about her journey in philanthropy and why the Fund focuses on Indigenous and environmental funding. Did you know that The Christensen Fund has had a long history with Australia? Its founder, Allen Christensen, visited regularly since the 1950s, and his company, Utah International, did much business here in the mining sector until its merger with BHP in Australia and General Electric in the USA in 1971 (the latter then the largest private merger on record). Subsequently Allen developed Southern Cross Mines, a joint venture evaporate salt project in Western Australia.
Other wonderful speakers will talk on issues including the relationship of Indigenous people to country, the institutions that are facilitating this relationship and the many benefits to Indigenous cultural, economic, health and education outcomes that come from helping this relationship to flourish. Together we will explore what funding has worked and why and what the role of philanthropy is and could be. We would love you to join us for this interesting and informative conference.
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A new Treasury consultation paper has outlined three suggested approaches to tax reform in the area of native title, one of which is a proposed new kind of income tax exempt vehicle, referred to as an Indigenous Community Fund. The potential new vehicle would be established under legislation as a tax-exempt way of managing payments received under native title agreements. It is suggested that such a vehicle might be a suitable alternative to a charitable trust and could overcome some of the limitations of charitable trusts, enabling it to (for example) limit benefits to a specified group of native title holders, or to fund activities associated with establishing a business.
This consultation paper also discusses how existing deductible gift recipient (DGR) categories could be better adapted to reflect the needs of Indigenous communities, including whether a new general DGR category that includes organisations that carry out activities across multiple DGR categories should be created.
Treasury is inviting comment on the consultation paper. The closing date for submissions is Friday 2 July 2010.
Further information and the consultation paper itself available at: http://www.treasury.gov.au/contentitem.asp?NavId=037&ContentID=1809
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