2015 February Newsletter

Sofitel’s Atrium Bar after work drinks – 11 February

A lovely evening was had by all at the Sofitel’s Atrium on 35 last Wednesday. Over 25 members and friends of the MWF joined together to network, learn more about the fund and hear about the next phase of our granting program. It was such a successful event, we will certainly be back!

There were several highlights to this event that made us very happy with the evening. Many of our members brought a guest to introduce them to Melbourne Women’s Fund, so we had a great balance of members and their guests. We were also lucky to have our own space allocated within the Atrium Bar which meant we could enjoy the ambience and easily chat in a relaxed setting.

Our next “Conversation” lunch event

Wednesday 18 March

Three Women in Philanthropy

We are delighted to confirm our next Conversation event to be held on Wednesday 18th March from 12.30pm until 2pm.

With thanks to the support of the Sofitel Melbourne on Collins, we have arranged a delicious lunch to be served in the West Tower Suite on level 35. Our featured speakers will be influential women in philanthropy; Betty Amsden AO, Cathy Scalzo and Jeanette Large. It will be a wonderful opportunity to hear about Betty and Cathy’s donor journeys and the impact it has had on their lives. Jeanette Large, CEO of the Women’s Property Initiatives, will tell us about the work their organisation is doing assisting women and their families in Melbourne.

Bookings are now open through EventBrite. Tickets are $65.

Grants Update

The MWF’s inaugural grant round entered its next major stage on Monday, 9 February when the Grants Committee met to determine the Melbourne organisations to invite for submission of an Expression of Interest (EOI).

Twenty four organisations had been proposed for consideration by MWF members, the Advisory Board and LMCF’s grants team, and after an informative and spirited discussion, nine were chosen to move on to the EOI phase. These organisations cover a broad range of focus areas that impact Melbourne women and their families, specifically: domestic violence, asylum seeker and refugee needs, the needs of women with disabilities and single mothers, employment skill development for disadvantaged young women, and early crime prevention.

At the next step, the Grants Committee volunteers will determine which organisations of those that submitted a short-form EOI will be invited as finalists. The finalists’ full applications will then put them on the road to our members’ voting event on Thursday, 14 May at the Queen Victoria Women’s Trust.

We thank our Grants Committee for their research and diligence, and the invited organisations for their time and effort with their written EOIs and upcoming full applications.

New Member Profile – Julie Miller Markoff

I love being a member of the Melbourne Women’s Fund.

From my first reading about giving circles in The Age last year I thought “that’s for me”. And after attending the MWF October Conversation lunch where I met a diverse, interesting, compassionate and welcoming group of women I was in. To my roles as a creative influencer, strategic change leader, environmental director, mother and lover of art, stories, design and cosmology, I quietly add the word philanthropist. And I am learning how that all sits with me.

I mostly find joy in being alive, and yet I am profoundly bothered by the vulnerable circumstances of others. No-one is immune to being vulnerable and sometimes we have the luck, resources and support to recover and grow, and sometimes not. I believe in the democratisation of philanthropy, and I think that joining up our money, skills and friendship gives us the best chance of making a real impact for women and their families. And I always hope we can make opportunities for one dollar to do the work of two.

Annual Granting Celebration

Thursday 14 May

Please save the date for our Annual Granting Celebration “Empowering Futures” to be held in May. We are very excited to be going full circle and returning to our launch venue the Queen Victoria Women’s Centre. This will be the opportunity for our members to hear from our grant round finalists and vote for the successful recipients. We hope you can join us and together help the MWF empower futures for disadvantaged women and their families in Melbourne. Founding members who have fully paid for their donation are able to cast their vote for the organisation of their choice.

Why join our Giving Circle?

There are several reasons why this is a great idea. If you join by the end of June ’15, you will always be a Founding Member of the Melbourne Women’s Fund. If you join before our Decision Event in May, you will have the opportunity to vote on the finalists at that event.

Other membership benefits include: knowing that the impact of your donation is greatly multiplied when added to the donations of our other members; learning and being with like minded women who want to support women and families in Melbourne. Be part of the excitement as we grow!

Visit www.melbournewomensfund.org/joining/


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