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With the challenges of Covid-19 this year, MWF events have looked a little different to usual. 

Professor Kristy Muir opens Award Celebration

Professor Muir, CEO, Centre for Social Impact  was the keynote speaker opening MWF’s 6th Annual Grant Awards Celebration on July 16, 2020. 

In this concise, comprehensive presentation, she discusses the charity sector’s importance to our social fabric, its heath and six recommendations to strengthen it to survive the future.

6th Annual Grant Award Celebration 2020

Our 6th Annual Grants Award Celebration took place on Thursday, 16 July. This  culminated in our members voting to award our $80,000 Signature Grant to Margaret Tucker Hostel for Girls and our $35,000 Nurturing Grant to Housing for the Aged Action Group. Our four other finalists – Family Access Network, Self Help Addiction Resource Centre, Birth for Humankind and Domestic Violence Victoria each received $3,000 Merit Awards in untied funding, amounting to $127,000 in total grant funding for the evening!

Information Night 2020

Learn about the six outstanding finalists and their proposed projects for MWF’s 2020 grant round!

Each presentation is conducted by a member of MWF’s Grants Committee. 

We also hear from our 2019 Signature Grant winner Lighthouse Foundation and 2019 Nurturing Grant winner Scarf.

In Virtual Conversation with Jo Cavanagh OAM

On May 22, we conducted our first virtual event, ‘In Virtual Conversation with Jo Cavanagh OAM’. The former CEO of Family Life, Jo provided valuable insights into the reality of what women, and the nonprofits that support them, are experiencing in our 2020 focus areas of Family Violence, Homelessness and Older Women’s Issues. She also reviewed COVID-19’s impact on these areas and discussed her thinking about how we can collaborate to address these issues in the future.

Sincere thanks to MWF member Simone Clancy and the team at Yellowfin for their generosity and technical expertise in making this event possible!

Summer Morning Tea

Before social distancing, Evans & Partners generously hosted our Summer Morning Tea on February 21. This annual event is always a special opportunity for members and guests to come together and make new connections. Grants Committee Co-Chair, Amanda Thornton, discussed the opportunities MWF has created for our Signature and Nurturing Grant winners and Sue Gourlay, Membership Co-Chair, launched our membership renewal season. We also heard from Ark Clothing Company about their work supporting social enterprises run by women. Ark added some extra flair to the event by kindly donating some lucky door prizes that included accessories and personal styling vouchers.