2015 April Newsletter

Your chance to visit our Signature Grant finalists

Please join us on site visits these next two weeks for an inside look into the work of our three signature grant finalists. Take a look at the dates below, register and learn more to inform your vote on May 14th:

Emerge Women and Children’s Support Network

Monday 27th April, 10.30am for an 11.00am start

Location: 26 Balcombe Road, Mentone


Emerge supports women and children who have experienced domestic violence, enabling them to break the cycle of violence and rebuild their lives. Located in Melbourne’s middle-southern metropolitan region, it seeks funding for a new program providing long-term, sustainable support to their clients to overcome the devastating effects of domestic violence.

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Wellsprings for Women

Wednesday 29th April, 10.30am for an 11.00am start

Location: 79 Langhorne Street, Dandenong


Wellsprings is committed to empowering isolated women, primarily those with culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds (CALD). It seeks funding for a new program to engage socially-isolated women and their pre-school age children living in the City of Greater Dandenong and the City of Casey.

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Women and Mentoring (WAM)

Wednesday 6 May, 10.30am for an 11.00am start

Location: 41 Mater Street, Collingwood


WAM provides early intervention and crime prevention support to women who have been, or are likely to be, charged with a criminal offence. WAM seeks funding to duplicate its program in the Western Suburbs. The initiative aims to lower the reoffending rates, lessen custodial sentences and keep families together.

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BOOK YOUR TICKET for Empowering Futures on May 14th

Be part of the excitement as founding members come together on May 14th to vote for the winning Signature Grant and a smaller Nurturing Grant. On the night, the finalists in each category will present a brief appeal for your vote. Our MWF member’s pooled donations from this financial year will fund each of the two winning organisations’ submitted project. It’s very exciting to be doing the giving work of our circle at last!

  • Date: 14 May, 2015
  • Time: 6.00pm for drinks and hors d’oeuvres, and later, coffee, tea and desserts
  • Venue: Queen Victoria Women’s Centre, 210 Lonsdale Street
  • Bookings: Eventbrite Tickets are $75

Voting available for absent members

Email us on: info@melbournewomensfund.org if you are a member and cannot attend. We will forward you an e-vote form so your vote will count.

Become a founding member before June 30th

If you have been thinking of joining or have a friend who is interested, click on the link below. More members mean more money to grant to our worthy finalists on May 14th. Please spread the word and be part of our Melbourne Women’s Fund.

Visit melbournewomensfund/joining for all the details. (And you can select the option to spread your membership donation across 12 months) .

New Member Profile – Agnes Cusack

A group of women getting together – pooling their knowledge and resources to make our world a better place – is an exciting step forward for philanthropy in Australia.

The Melbourne Women’s Fund inspired me to venture into the world of philanthropy, something I could never do alone. Until recently I was running a not for profit organisation, the Multicultural Media Exchange, so my engagement with philanthropy has been as a grant seeker.

Last year I studied at Swinburne with the wonderfully persuasive Gillian Hund who helped me understand that through the Melbourne’s Women’s Fund, I could also be a grant maker.

I’m very excited about the site visits and being part of the grant making process. It is a great opportunity to identify need within our community – although I know deciding who to fund will be tough.

I know members come from many different backgrounds and my career journey has also been a diverse mix of places and roles. Before venturing into the not for profit world my day job was journalism. In a long career, mainly with the ABC, I was a foreign correspondent in Europe and the US. While overseas I won a Walkley Award and a year long Knight Fellowship for Professional Journalists at Stanford University in 2001/02. I have also worked in the Asia Pacific for the World Bank and the Regional Assistance Mission to the Solomon Islands.


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The Founders and Advisory Board of the Melbourne Women’s Fund provide their services on a “pro bono” basis.

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