Community Foundations: Give Where You Live

For a number of Community Foundations FRRR hosts Donation Accounts that enable them to grant to a wider group of organisations and support more activities than may be possible through a Community Foundation structure.

A great example of the successful use of a Donation Account is the FRRR, Visy Corporation and Tumut Community Foundation partnership. In the six years 2006 to 2011, the Donation Account partnership has had some notable achievements:

  • Distributed $280,000 in Visy Community Grant funding across 97 projects (178 applications were received, seeking $1 million in project funding)
  • Each grant averaged $2,880, but they ranged from $400 to $13,500
  • The vast majority of grants - 81% - were below $4,999
  • Supported 60 community organisations, few of whom had DGR status

The Community Foundation reports that the Visy partnership has made a tangible difference in their community, aiding capacity building and supporting some fantastic achievements by community groups. The depth and breadth of projects is truly impressive, as these examples attest:

  • Batlow art projects – now accepted as part of community. eg a literary club was recently formed;
  • Movies by Moonlight – an annual community celebration in Adelong;
  • Tumut & District Concert Band Instruments for hire project – this increased band numbers and the bandmaster from outside the area has just opened a music store in Tumut, with increased tutoring in schools across the region;
  • Tumut Shire Youth Council – Youth in Philanthropy. Managed two small grant rounds for youth projects;
  • Murrurundi Puppets - a domestic violence project rolled out in all local primary schools. It immediately identified one case of domestic child abuse;
  • Youth Council Music Jam – supplying sound equipment for a monthly jam, leading to a performance at Youth Council’s Youth week Party in the Park. A number of these performers were recorded at a local recording studio for the separate High School CD project, which provides an alternative to participation in sport;
  • Kiddylink Play Group – increased participation in group from low income families and increased interaction with senior community members / volunteers;
  • Annual Community Grant Celebration of successful recipients brings groups together to share stories, learn about what’s going on in community and develop networks. Eg. established contacts for visits by Adelong Public School students to the Adelong Men’s Shed.

To explore the benefits a Community Foundation could offer your community or your philanthropic fund visit Australian Community Philanthropy or contact us at FRRR.

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