Into Our Hands project distribution tops $586,000
“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.