Looking back, moving forward
WITH the 10 year anniversary of the 2009 Black Saturday fires approaching, the Into Our Hands (IOH) community foundation board is reflecting on its big achievements and planning its future impact.
The Into Our Hands Community Foundation was formed to continue the recovery process after the devastation of the 2009 bushfires.
The foundation’s role is to build community throughout the Alpine, Indigo and Wangaratta municipalities and surrounds by making grants, facilitating charitable giving and undertaking community leadership and partnership activities.
IOH’s executive officer, Sarah Thompson, has worked with donors and charities for the past 15 years, but has only been a part of IOH since this year.
“The idea of giving locally and the comfort of knowing that all money raised in our communities goes back into worthy projects within our communities really resonates,” she said.
IOH chair, Loretta Carroll, said she was introduced to the concept of philanthropy and community foundations by the foundation’s patron Alan Brown, who this year was awarded A Member of the Order of Australia for his community involvement in growing philanthropy.
“Community foundations encourage innovation and flexibility at a local level, they attract and harness many possibilities to allow change which can lead to amazing growth and unlimited opportunity, and they also make it easy for people to contribute to a pool of funds which is used to support local charitable projects through purposeful grant-making,” she said.