2020 Events

Registrations are open!

MWF’s Virtual Grants Information Evening Thursday, 18 June

This event is a highlight of the MWF year and an important feature of our grants process. Grants Committee members will present information about our three finalists for our $80,000 Signature Grant and three finalists for our $35,000 Nurturing Grant, plus their proposed programs.

Additionally, our 2019 Signature Grant winner (Lighthouse Foundation) and Nurturing Grant winner (Scarf) will report on our funding’s impact on their work so far.


Finalists for the $80,000 Signature Grant

Organisation: Birth for Humankind

Project: Safer Beginnings: Supporting positive birth and early parenting experiences for pregnant women experiencing homelessness or family violence

Organisation: Domestic Violence Victoria

Project: Experts by Experience: Developing a business case and implementation plan for an independent industry body for Victim-Survivor Advocates

Organisation: Margaret Tucker Hostel for Girls

Project: Young Smart and Deadly Peer Education Program

Finalists for the $35,000 Nurturing Grant

Organisation: Family Access Network

Project: Building Better Futures

Organisation: Housing for the Aged Action Group

Project: Preventing Older Women’s Homelessness – Peer Education Program

Organisation: Self Help Addiction Resource Centre

Project: Understanding and Support Women’s Recovery & Housing Program


Only fully financial members can vote to award MWF’s Signature Grant and Nurturing Grant to the above deserving organisations at our 6th Annual Grants Award Celebration on Thursday, 16 July. To join or renew, please click here.

In Virtual Conversation with

Jo Cavanagh OAM

On Friday, 22 May, the MWF conducted its first virtual event: ‘In Virtual Conversation’ with Jo Cavanagh OAM. Jo brought her in-depth experience in the community sector and as former CEO of Family Life to this presentation about MWF’s 2020 grant focus areas: Family Violence, Homelessness and Older Women’s Issues. She also discussed how COVID-19 has made women’s needs in these areas even more acute, plus her thinking for the future and how we can collaborate to solve these crucial issues.

See her slide presentation below and/or listen to the event here.

Our sincere thanks to MWF member Simone Clancy of Yellowfin for enabling us to deliver our ‘In Virtual Conversation with Jo Cavanagh’ and Virtual Grants Information Evening!

MWF 4th Annual Grant Awards Event @ CBRE
Jul 19 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Invitations with an Eventbrite booking link will be sent to members in June.

MWF Members and Friends Networking Event @ The George On Collins
Sep 13 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Everyone is asked to pay for their own food and drink.

MWF 2018 End of Year Dinner @ TBA
Nov 21 @ 6:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Summer Morning Tea @ Johnson Recruitment
Feb 22 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Events Chair Lauren Sadler presents Johnson Recruitment as our host. Julie Reilly will speak about her Churchill Trust Fellowship then Gillian Hund talks about a Giving Circle Conference attended in USA.

Conversation with Krystian Seibert @ Evans and Partners
Apr 4 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

‘Using Money as Medicine – Philanthropy’s Role as a Force for Social Justice’
Krystian Seibert is an advocate for philanthropy and the NFP sector. He is an Industry Fellow at the Centre for Social Impact at Swinburne University and writes about the sector for newspapers and magazines. His talk will be very engaging and informative!

Grants Information Evening @ Hall and Wilcox
May 29 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Members will hear from our 2018 Grant Awardees and then from the Grants Committee about our 2019 Grant finalists: the organisations and the programs they would like to be funded by MWF.

2019 Annual Grant Awards Event –Empowering Futures @ Melbourne Town Hall - Supper Room
Jul 18 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Our 5th Annual Grant Awards event provides members with the opportunity to hear from our 6 Grant Finalists and then vote which organisations they wish to be awarded the Signature and the Nurturing Grants.

Members & Friends Networking Evening @ The George on Collins
Oct 10 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Buy your own drinks + snacks
Come and meet other members and friends in a relaxed setting. Members are encouraged to bring a guest to help us promote MWF membership.

Members and Guests End of Year Celebration Dinner @ UNCLE
Nov 20 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Time to gather and have some fun with members to celebrate another great year. We will be supporting our Signature Grant Winner Scarf, whose trainees will be serving our food at the restaurant. Please bring some items for our charity of choice, “Groomed To Go”, details on Eventbrite booking page.

MWF Summer Morning Tea @ Melbourne CBD
Feb 21 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
MWF Summer Morning Tea @ Melbourne CBD

Booking required – Please REGISTER

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