Look­ing back, mov­ing for­ward

Ovens & Murray Advertiser - - REGIONAL EXTRA - By LEAH AN­DER­SON-BYRNE

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.

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