Your philanthropic journey grows when you become involved!
Why join Melbourne Women’s Fund?
We welcome all women who are ready to learn and become more involved in philanthropy. We are educating our members about about giving more effectively and discovering what other contributions can be made to deeply felt causes. As members we know that giving in a meaningful way is much more satisfying and also makes good financial sense.
Melbourne Women’s Fund now has more than 130 members, providing us with over $130,000 to grant in 2018.
Our overall grants focus areas are education, health and well-being. While we do not have a limit on the size or maturity of organisations that can apply, our preference is for smaller organisations that require seed funding to respond to critical issues facing women and families in greater metropolitan Melbourne.
Advantages of membership are:
- Connection and engagement
- Fun and friendship
- Experiencing the joy of taking action
- Enriched community involvement
- Achieving greater impact with pooled donations
Who Are Our Members
Our members are women from a variety of ages, backgrounds and interests who are united by the desire to be more involved in philanthropy – or simply giving – than just wrting a cheque. Our members enjoy being part of an inclusive and vibrant giving circle!
Our members are women:
- finding their philanthropic voices and inspiring others to do so
- learning about the power of ‘giving with a purpose’
- engaging in accessible philanthropy
- working together and making a difference in our community
- sharing values and being champions for other women
- acknowledging that stronger, supported families and communities benefits everyone
- from all ages, backgrounds, interests and heritage
What’s my level of involvement?
You can choose, depending on your interests and time availability. There are opportunities for members to serve on committees and assist in other ways, the choice is yours, no guilt.
We host member’s events including: lunch and after work speaker events, coffee and drinks functions and visits to grant-seeker organisations. You will be informed about what is on offer via our E-newsletter and the events notices on this site.
What is my contribution?
Members pledge to be part of the Fund for a minimum three year period, so that during this time they will have the opportunity to engage, learn and experience the benefits of being a member of a vibrant community of women.
Every member contributes by making an annual donation of $1,110. Of this total figure, $1,000 goes to our grants and $110 (including 10% GST) supports our operating expenses. These annual amounts are paid through the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation, who provide members with a $1,000 tax donation receipt, the remaining $110 is not deductible.
Please note that LMCF also has monthly payment options. Women may join at any time and when fully paid up will receive one voting right per grant round in the financial year. If members choose to make a donation beyond the prescribed amount of $1,000, they will still be entitled to one (equal) vote.
Melbourne Women’s Fund is not affiliated with any religious, political or social/activist group. Members are not required to do any fundraising on behalf of our organisation.