Melbourne Women's Fund Nov-Dec 2015 Newsletter
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November - December 2015
In Conversation with Dame Julia Cleverdon
We were absolutely thrilled to welcome the inspiring Dame Julia Cleverdon DCVO CBE to speak at our most recent Conversation event on 7th October, kindly hosted again by Perpetual Private.  Co-presented with The Prince’s Charities Australia this event was a fantastic success and also one in which we welcomed our 100th member!

In true Dame Julia style, she spoke eloquently and passionately about how we can all play a role in “connecting the unconnected”.  She talked of the cycle of disadvantage often faced by women and girls in low-socio economic areas and how support by those with connections can make all the difference.

Our group of 80 guests were moved, inspired and entertained by her presentation and we hope that many are already determining how they can ‘connect the unconnected’ to help ensure a better future for women and their families.
Update on our Grants Committee’s work
On November 6th, the grants committee met to choose the organisations we will invite to submit an Expression of Interest for MWF’s year 2 grants.  Research & discovery data was reviewed and a short list of 12 worthy organisations were chosen.  It was a robust discussion based on each committee member’s research and rankings using an improved and streamlined grant making process over last year.   The deadline for their short form EOI is January 26th.
The organisations chosen work in a broad range of areas of interest to our members, as indicated in your member surveys from December ‘14.  All programs being considered fit within our mission of improving education, health & wellbeing for women & families in greater metro-Melbourne. 

We will again offer 2 grants: a Significant Grant of $75,000 and a Nurturing Grant of $25,000.  With over 100 members, it’s exciting to know that we will have at least a pool of $100,000 to give out next July at our voting event (date TBC)!

 Co Chairs, Katarina Persic and Pat Burke, and Co Deputies, Georgia Theodoris and Christine Darcas thank the committee for their time, expertise and wisdom during this discovery phase: Stephanie Giffard, Jules McLean, Michelle Stewart, Odette Wanders, Elaine Jacobs and Julie Miller Markoff.  Thanks also to Catherine Brown for  providing expertise and advice during this phase.
Next step -- the Grants Committee will meet early February to review the EOIs submitted and invite a shorter list to submit a full application as we move toward our goal of 3 finalists in each grant category.  Stay tuned for more news in future newsletters!
Bookings open for 2 new events :
End of Year Dinner at DANSK restaurant – Wednesday 2 December, from 6.30pm
Time to make your dinner booking if you haven’t done so already it will be a fun evening with great company, food and wine to enjoy. Booking deadline is Wednesday 25 November.
Click here for the Eventbrite booking link
Drinks with Significant Women’s Network  – Monday 14 December, 5.30-7.30pm
Significant Women’s Network and the Monash Business School have kindly invited MWF members to celebrate another significant year with them at their End of Year Networking Event.

The venue is a beautiful new space in Melbourne – Monash Business School’s Rooftop Garden which is on Level 7, 271 Collins St. We do hope members will take up this opportunity to meet a wider group of talented women.
Click here for the Eventbrite booking link
Member Profile – Kirsten Bartlett
Tell us about yourself
My twitter profile says I am a person, mother, wife, friend, leader, mentor, volunteer, runner, cook, reader, musician, sister, aunt and daughter – in that order, depending on the day!

My time is spent delighting in the company of my family, as well as running The GrantEd Group with my business partner Lyn Airey. We work with academic researchers teaching them how to write winning funding applications, by running workshops, reviewing their applications and supporting their professional development.

Have you been involved in philanthropy before?
In the past I have worked with McGrath Foundation, Committee for Melbourne, Think Community and Adopt-A-Family – all organisations related in various ways to philanthropy.

What are you currently supporting (volunteer, philanthropy) or have interest in supporting?
My personal passion is gender equality and I am an advocate both personally and professionally. I try to elevate the issues and the solutions whenever I can. The catch cry in our house is ‘See! Girls can do anything!’ Disadvantage because of your gender is so last century – I want a world for my girls where their gender is not even a point of discussion in their professional lives, and where they are given every opportunity to be treated with equity and respect.

Are there any benefits you have experienced  from your membership that you didn’t expect?
It has struck me time and again when I talk to women at events run by MWF their overwhelming desire to be part of something bigger than themselves. It seems to me MWF resonates because it moves philanthropy away from the domain of the very wealthy, to give those of us who want to contribute in a meaningful and impactful way a channel to do so.

Great News: Kirsten is bringing her expertise to MWF as Chair of our Marketing and Communications Committee (aka MARCOMMS), thank you Kirsten!

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