Into Our Hands project dis­tri­bu­tion tops $586,000

Myrtleford Times - - News -

“We have be­gun work­ing to­gether with other groups to raise our pro­file and funds.

“We will be look­ing at many more cre­ative ways to raise funds and in­crease the aware­ness and value of a com­mu­nity foun­da­tion.

“We are adopt­ing the con­cept of ‘Giving where you live’.”

Ms Car­roll said last year’s 20 grant re­cip­i­ents, which shared $168,000 in distri­bu­tions from the foun­da­tion, had rolled-out some sig­nif­i­cant projects.

“They (in­cluded) the Myrtle­ford com­mu­nity gar­den, ‘Change One Life Project’ teach­ing youth of the con­se­quences of risky be­hav­iour, NESAY lo­cal school coun­selling, Quer­cus Beech­worth’s net­work­ing pro­gram, Ta­wonga CFA, and pro­vid­ing a schol­ar­ship for the Alpine Val­ley Com­mu­nity Lead­er­ship Pro­gram (AVCLP),” she said.

Ms Car­roll also spoke of a part­ner­ship with Myrtle­ford-based farm sup­plies and agribusi­ness co­op­er­a­tive TACFO, which was of­fer­ing its more than 500 mem­bers the op­por­tu­nity to give a tax-de­ductible dona­tion to the foun­da­tion via its mem­ber re­bate sys­tem.

“This is a bril­liant op­por­tu­nity to build our funds so our com­mu­ni­ties can con­tinue to ac­cess fund­ing into the fu­ture – and raise our pro­file,” she said.

The foun­da­tion board had also been work­ing to de­velop key part­ner­ships with com­mu­nity or­gan­i­sa­tions and groups.

“One of these part­ner­ships is with the Alpine Cy­cling Club’s Tour of Bright,” Ms Car­roll said.

“This is a mu­tu­ally-ben­e­fi­cial ar­range­ment.

“We are as­sist­ing the club in fund­ing train­ing sup­port in events man­age­ment and they have cho­sen us as their char­ity of choice which has ini­ti­ated fundrais­ing from those vis­it­ing our re­gions.

“We are also sup­port­ing the Aus­tralian Cen­tre for Ru­ral En­trepreneur­ship (in Beech­worth) as they build their won­der­ful space at the old Beech­worth gaol…

“We are very ex­cited with their progress and the won­der­ful work they are un­der­tak­ing within schools across Aus­tralia, build­ing skills in so­cial en­ter­prise and en­trepreneur­ship – ul­ti­mately build­ing re­silience.”

Ms Car­roll said the foun­da­tion had also sup­ported ‘Com­mu­nity Ac­tion for the Chalet’ – the com­mu­nity cam­paign to de­vise a collaborative solution with Alpine Shire Coun­cil and Parks Vic­to­ria to con­serve and re­vi­talise Mount Buf­falo’s his­toric chalet.

She said the chal­lenge re­mained to build the foun­da­tion’s pro­file and seek ways to raise funds so it could help lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties to shape their own fu­tures.

“We can do this by tap­ping into lo­cal re­sources and ex­per­tise,” she said

“If we can share this re­spon­si­bil­ity we can share the work and in­spire some cre­ate some great ini­tia­tives. Af­ter all, this is your com­mu­nity foun­da­tion.”

Ms Car­roll said the foun­da­tion this year had pro­vided an­other $85,000 to 12 projects.

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