2015 March Newsletter

‘Empowering Futures’ – Thursday 14 May – 6pm

‘Empowering Futures’ is the name of Melbourne Women’s Fund Inaugural Grants Decision Event.

This celebratory occasion provides Founding Members and guests the opportunity to hear from finalist NFP organisations as they make their pitch for our member’s democratic votes.

The winning organisations will receive either the Melbourne Women’s Fund’s ‘Signature Grant’ or a smaller ‘Nurturing Grant’ from pooled member’s donations of the 2014/15 Membership year.

Come be a part of the excitement on the night and share our journey of membership growth and the influence of our granting power in MWF’s first year!

  • Date: 14 May, 2015
  • Time: 6.00pm for drinks and hors d’ouevres, and later, coffee, tea and desserts
  • Venue: Queen Victoria Women’s Centre
  • Bookings: EventBrite Tickets are $75.

See you there!

‘Three Women in Philanthropy’ – A very successful event

Our ‘Conversation’ luncheon last week was a sellout, with founding members and friends coming to listen to wise and thoughtful words about philanthropy and be inspired by guest speakers; philanthropists Betty Amsden and Cathy Scalzo, followed by Jeanette Large, CEO of the Women’s Property Initiative.

We were very fortunate to have achieved a trifecta – wonderful women speakers, a beautiful setting in the West Tower Suite at the Sofitel Melbourne on Collins and delicious luncheon fare. Here are some comments made about the event:

“Congratulations on the lunch today. Great buzz, great room and outstanding speakers. Amy was an excellent MC.”

“Today’s event was fabulous, the venue was great, Amy did a wonderful job organising and the guest speakers were very interesting.”

“Congratulations to you and your Committee today for an inspiring and heartfelt event. Great to be a part of it & look forward to joining up this year.”

Grants update

What’s ahead and the cause areas your money will support

In keeping with MWF’s mission to improve the health, education & wellbeing of women and families in greater metro Melbourne, our grants committee has selected finalist organisations that are focused on delivering women & family focused programs benefiting these target groups:

  • Women and their children who are experiencing domestic violence
  • Socially isolated, recently arrived, culturally & linguistically diverse refugee, asylum seeker and migrant women and their pre-school aged children
  • Disadvantaged women charged with a criminal offence who need help navigating the system to avoid reoffending or receiving a custodial sentence
  • ‘At risk’ young women aged 15-25 experiencing unemployment
  • Young emerging women leaders with disabilities

This week, the grants finalists’ full applications will be received & reviewed by our Grants Committee, Advisory Committee and LMCF’s grant’s team followed by submission to the LMCF Board for final approval. Then from mid-April through early May, you will have the opportunity to visit each of the finalists’ offices on ‘site visits’ to learn more about the important work they do. You’ll receive a notice with the Site Visit dates and locations soon so you can sign up and come along.

As a member, you will choose the winning three recipients at our Empowering Futures event on May 14th: one finalist will receive a Signature Grant of $50,000 – $60,000 and two will receive smaller grants ranging from $10,000 – $15,000. The presentations made by each finalist on the night will influence your vote, so please be with us to hear their informative and passionate voices.

We are grateful to these MWF members who volunteered their time, energy and expertise on our Grants Committee: Julie, Lisa, Christine, Carole, Stephanie, Katarina, Alison, Sally and Jules.

New Member Profile – Lyn Brodie

I always like to say that the Melbourne Women’s Fund is philanthropy’s equivalent of a book club. There is so much to enjoy by sharing the experience of giving – and knowing the impact for the beneficiaries of the fund is far greater than what I could ever achieve on my own.

I have been involved in many aspects of philanthropy over a number of years and it never ceases to surprise and delight that everyone is so collaborative and generous. I don’t think I expected that my involvement in the MWF would bring so many benefits! I have had the pleasure of meeting so many new people, reconnecting with old friends and introducing women to the joys of philanthropy and giving. I think for many, they had never imagined that they could be involved in philanthropy and by giving collectively could make such a difference.

I remember Pat and Gillian’s enthusiasm and energy as they discussed Colleen Willoughby’s visit to Melbourne back in 2013 and the concept of giving circles – while we enjoyed a glass of bubbles! It is fantastic to see that they have never lost that enthusiasm and energy and have established a vibrant and ever growing giving circle.

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

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