We thought that you would be interested in hearing from some new members about their reasons for joining, here is Sally’s contribution.
My name is Sally Hirst and I’m proud to be a founding member of the Melbourne Women’s Fund. Although I have donated to charities and good causes all my working life, I must admit I haven’t given much thought to what and why I was giving. If something came through the door, or someone asked, then I’d just react.
Things are different now. For a start there are so many causes trying to get my attention and whilst they are all worthwhile I feel hassled into responding, so much so that I just want to say no to them all.
I now want to consider how I contribute. I don’t want to give, or donate; I want to fund. I believe there’s a difference. I want the emphasis to be on specific projects and programs that need support. I want to know more about the problems, to understand the needs and how experts in the field believe these can be met. I want to encourage innovation and new ways of addressing the issues that beset my community.
Melbourne Women’s Fund seems to provide me with that opportunity. I like the idea of joining with others who share the same values and aspirations to find solutions and make a difference. I’m looking forward to your fellowship and inspiration.