2020 Events

Empowering Futures:

MWF’s 6th Annual Grant Awards Celebration

Our 6th Annual Grants Award Celebration took place on Thursday, 16 July. This event was our year’s highlight, the event when all our efforts to empower not-for-profits working to assist vulnerable women and families culminated in our members voting for the winners of our $80,000 Signature Grant and $35,000 Nurturing Grant. We also distributed $3,000 Merit Awards in untied funding to each of the runners up, amounting to $127,000 in total grant funding!

Margaret Tucker Hostel for Girls won the Signature Grant and Housing for the Aged Action Group won the Nurturing Grant. You can view each organisation’s presentation by clicking on their respective image below:

Worelle Blow, Manager, Margaret Tucker Hostel for Girls
Fiona York, Executive Officer,
Housing for the Aged Action Group

Family Access Network and Self Help Addiction Resource Centre were our Nurturing Grant runner ups. Birth for Humankind and Domestic Violence Victoria were our Signature Grant runner ups. Every one of our finalists deserved to win. But as only two could, so we encourage you to become familiar with these very worthy organisations!

Special thanks to our event sponsors – Bendigo Elwood Community Bank and Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation!

MWF’s Virtual Grants Information Evening Thursday, 18 June

On Thursday, 18 June we conducted our Grants Information Evening. This event is a highlight of the MWF year and an important feature of our grants process. And, for the first time, we conducted it virtually!

Grants Committee members presented 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, we heard from our 2019 Signature Grant winner (Lighthouse Foundation) and Nurturing Grant winner (Scarf).

To see the recorded event, click on the below slide. To just see the slides, click HERE.

Our 2020 Finalists

To see a summary of each organisation and their proposed project, click HERE.

Reminder

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!

Jul
18
Thu
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.

Oct
10
Thu
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.

Nov
20
Wed
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.

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

Booking required – Please REGISTER

May
22
Fri
‘In Virtual Conversation’ with Jo Cavanagh OAM
May 22 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

Jo Cavanagh
Spend your lunch on Friday, 22 May tuning in to this special event. Jo will bring her in-depth experience in the community sector and as CEO of Family Life to this presentation about MWF’s 2020 grant focus areas: Family Violence, Homelessness and Older Women’s Issues. She will also discuss 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.

This event is free!

Jun
18
Thu
Grants Information Night
Jun 18 @ 5:45 pm – 7:30 pm

At this event, MWF Grants Committee members will present information on each of our three Signature Grant Finalists and three Nurturing Grant finalists. You’ll hear about the organisations themselves and the programs they are proposing. Each program focuses on at least one of our 2020 grant areas—Homelessness, Family Violence and Older Women’s Issues—relating to vulnerable women and families in Melbourne. Additionally, our 2019 grant winners, Lighthouse Foundation and Scarf, will report on their progress to date.

For our $80,000 Signature Grant, the finalists are Margaret Tucker Hostel for Girls, Birth for Humankind and Domestic Violence Victoria.

For our $35,000 Nurturing Grant, the finalists are Family Access Network, Housing for the Aged Action Group and Self Help Addiction Resource Centre. 

REGISTER FOR THE EVENT HERE

Reminder: only individuals who have joined and fully paid their annual membership by 30 June can vote for the organisations they feel should win these grants at our 16th July Awards Celebration. To join or renew, please click here.

Jul
16
Thu
MWF 6th Annual Grants Awards Celebration
Jul 16 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

MWF’s 6th Annual Grant Awards Celebration is taking place Thursday, 16 July 6-8 pm! This year, in these exceptional circumstances, we will broadcast this event to you live via webinar. Registrations for this event are now closed. 

This exciting event is our year’s highlight – the event when our annual efforts to empower not-for-profits working to assist vulnerable women and families culminate in our members voting for the winner of our $80,000 Signature Grant and $35,000 Nurturing Grant. We’ll also be distributing $3,000 Merit Awards to each of the runners up for a total distribution of $127,000!

To learn more about this event and our finalists, click here.

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