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.


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!

Women in Operations Leadership Summit 2017 @ Intercontinental Melbourne The Rialto
May 22 @ 8:30 am – May 26 @ 4:30 pm

The 2nd Annual Women in Operations Leadership Summit will explore these barriers and the challenges facing women progressing as a leader in operations roles. With a strong focus on managing a diverse portfolio and refining an authentic leadership style, this annual event will provide aspiring, emerging and existing female leaders with the skills necessary to be a more effective leader and progress into senior operations roles.

MWF members receive an exclusive 10% Discount* with the Q3 booking code

For details of the 2nd Annual “Women in Operations” Leadership Summit 2017, click here.

MWF 2017 Annual Grant Awards
Jul 18 @ 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

The annual event provides members with the opportunity to hear from our 6 Grant Finalists and then vote on the organisations for the Signature and Nurturing Grant Awards.

MWF Welcome Morning Tea @ East Melbourne
Sep 26 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

This event has been organized so members can bring friends along to an informal morning tea and learn more about our giving circle by chatting with other friendly members. It will also give the Membership Committee an opportunity to meet our new and current members in a relaxed setting. Come and enjoy meeting everyone!

2017 Melbourne Women’s Fund Forum @ Deakin Downtown
Oct 13 @ 8:30 am – 3:00 pm

Women’s Economic Empowerment – Realities and Challenges for the Future

Investing in women’s economic empowerment sets a direct path towards gender equality, poverty eradication and inclusive economic growth. This topic has overarching impact on multiple areas of disadvantage affecting women and families and this year we will be placing an economic empowerment lens on Family Violence and Homelessness.

We are delighted to announce the following expert speakers who will be sharing their knowledge and experiences.

Keynote speaker: Emeritus Professor Gillian Triggs
Panel Discussion Facilitator: Lina Caneva, Editor – Pro Bono Australia News

Family Violence Panel: Sandie De Wolf AM, CEO – Berry Street; Professor Ann Taket, Deakin University; Fiona McCormack, CEO – Domestic Violence Victoria

Homelessness Panel: Jeanette Large, CEO – Women’s Property Initiative; Dr. Heather Holst, Deputy CEO and Director of Services and Housing – Launch Housing; Jennie Smith, CEO – Council to Homeless Persons

Call To Action Panel: Catherine Brown, CEO – LMCF; Mary Crooks AO, Executive Director – Victorian Women’s Trust; Trish O’Donoghue, Chief Projects Officer – Safe Steps Family Violence Response Centre

Melbourne Women’s Fund is very grateful to the following supporters and sponsors of this event.

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MWF Members EOY Celebration Dinner @ DANSK Restaurant, Denmark House
Nov 23 @ 6:30 pm – 10:00 pm

Time to gather and have some fun with members to celebrate a great year.

MWF Summer Morning Tea @ CBD
Feb 23 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
MWF Grants Information Evening @ Hall&Wilcox
May 30 @ 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

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

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
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