How MWF is tackling the COVID-19 era

For MWF, COVID-19 has had significant implications for how we can continue delivering value to our members and support the organisations providing crucial services to the vulnerable women and families whose well-being is being further compromised because of the virus.

First, and in accordance with Philanthropy Australia’s guidelines, we are proactively listening to our current and potential grantee’s needs and concerns, have reduced our restrictions on current grants accordingly, are adopting more flexible reporting arrangements and following industry learnings about best practice to support social change for Melbourne women and families.

Second, we have established an NFP Liaison who has been reaching out to our past winners and finalists to hear their needs and how we can support them, particularly through social media.

Thirdly, given the need for safe distancing in the foreseeable future, we have shifted the delivery of our events from the physical to the virtual. We established a Task Force to focus specifically on this challenge. So far, we have:

  • Delivered an ‘In Virtual Conversation with Jo Cavanagh OAM’ focusing on our 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.
  • Conducted our Grants Information Evening where 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.

To listen to these events or see the slides, click HERE.

Next up is our 6th Annual Grant Awards Celebration! This will take place on Thursday, 16 July starting at 6 pm.

This has always been the special event when the prior twelve months of hard work by MWF volunteers come to fruition in the finalists’ presentations and the membership’s voting for the Signature and Nurturing Grant winners. This culmination of members’ donations and commitment has resulted in bold organisations achieving significant outcomes for vulnerable women and families in the areas of homelessness, family violence, justice and education, employment/economic empowerment, family violence and sexual exploitation. It has also been key to helping these organisations attract additional funding to continue their crucial work.

To register for this event, click HERE

For those of you continuing your support for us, thank you! For those of you who aren’t yet members, have yet to renew or have left us for a while, we hope you will click here to join us.

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