2014 November Newsletter

November 2014


Special MWF Morning Tea with Julie Reilly

We had a wonderful morning at a Pat Burke’s home at the end of October. It was great to welcome our newest members at this function! Julie Reilly, the CEO of Australian Women Donors Network, spoke about her personal journey into a career in philanthropy and the importance of having more women donors in the sector.

Thank you to our gracious hostess for providing her beautiful home and to Lisa from Love.Eat.Cake by Lisa, for supplying us with the most beautiful lemony cupcakes and our very own branded cookies!

MEMBERS AND FRIENDS – End of Year Celebration Event

Dinner ‘Danish style’ at Dansk – Tuesday 9 December

Our End of Year celebration dinner will be a great time to socialise, meet with members and friends and enjoy a delicious a la carte dinner at Dansk Restaurant in Denmark House (Little Bourke St).

Enjoy a 3 course meal and a celebratory drink on arrival for $75.00. Bookings are now open through Eventbrite. As we are limited to 65 guests we suggest you book your place today.

Click here to book on Eventbrite site.

Join us in our grants discovery and research phase

‘The opportunity for fortunate women to help women facing challenges through the Melbourne Women’s Fund is powerful’

Catherine Brown, CEO Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation & Founding Advisory Board Member of MWF

It has been a wonderful journey watching the Melbourne Women’s Fund grow from a germ of an idea into an active giving circle with nearly 50 members – and still growing! There was a natural resonance for the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation to offer the embryonic Melbourne Women’s Fund a legal home, freeing the founders to focus on building the fund and reflect upon how they would make a difference for women and their children in Melbourne.

The Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation’s support of giving circles builds on a long tradition of collective philanthropy within the Foundation, from our own creation in 1923 to coordinating public fundraising for hospitals who were supporting the unprecedented demands for services for returned service men injured in World War I, through to the fundraising and granting work of the Lady Mayoress Committee since 1959, our Women in Philanthropy initiative, and now giving circles such as Impact 100 and importantly the Melbourne Women’s Fund. The opportunity for fortunate women to help women facing challenges through the Melbourne Women’s is powerful.

Melbourne Women’s Fund is now entering an exciting grants discovery and research phase, which will lead to an invitation to a number of organisation to submit proposals for funding. The Fund wants to support cutting edge projects that move tough issues forward.

This morning I attended a function run by a youth organisation that showed a DVD of the appallingly sexist and violent media, music video and online material that young women are confronted with every day. The need for young women to find aspirational role models is critical. More than 500,000 women over 65 years of age are living in long term poverty in Australia, a significant number in Melbourne. Issues such as illness, family breakdown, casual employment, caring responsibilities, low or no superannuation, and others have all led to a life where even a cup of coffee is a luxury. Homelessness is another women’s issue. Sometimes women are invisible as they “couch surf” between friends and relatives houses and short term emergency accommodation, sometimes escaping family violence, often with children in tow. There are so many important issues that the Melbourne Women’s Fund will be able to tackle.

The Foundation will be helping the Fund understand the issues and research community organisations. We will be handling the due diligence and back office support required by a philanthropic fund. I look forward to being part of a Fund that treads new ground in Melbourne philanthropy.

Catherine Brown


MWF now has over 45 members which is a terrific start for our four month old group! We would love more women to join, especially as we move into our interesting grants research phase when we will look at the many community needs of our women & families and discover wonderful projects we can fund.

We welcome all women who want to learn and become more involved in philanthropy. Come join this growing group of like-minded women and make new friendships as we work together to make a difference for women and families in Melbourne.

MEMBERSHIP is now available by making a monthly contribution through Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation, call us or LMCF for details.

Click here for more information and a membership form

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