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Melbourne Women's Fund May - June Newsletter
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May - June 2015
'Empowering Futures'
Our Grants Celebration event!
Queen Victoria Women's Centre very kindly hosted our grants celebration event earlier this month and what a wonderful, warm and enlightening evening it was for founding members, friends and our grant seekers.
 
The evening's grant presentations showcased six very deserving finalists. The three organisations making presentations for the Signature Grant ($60,000) were: Emerge Women and Children's Support Service; Wellsprings for Women and Women and Mentoring (WAM).
 
The three finalists for the Nurturing Grant ($15,000) were; Marist Youth Care (Hammertime), Women with Disabilities Victoria and Victorian Immigrant and Refugee Women’s Coalition.
 
Following these presentations members had the opportunity to vote democratically, with those organisations receiving the most votes awarded as the winners. Women and Mentoring won the Significant Grant and Victorian Immigrant and Refugee Women’s Coalition won the Nurturing Grant.  As announced at the close of the evening, the last four finalists will receive a Merit Award for their efforts, a minimum of $1,000 each.

Congratulations to all finalists for their passionate presentations at this year's event. The evening demonstrated the real power of collective giving! And thank you to all the volunteers who worked so hard to make this event such a success.
 
Here is one member's perspective;
 
Many of us talk about doing good, and some of us perhaps donate time and money to a cause or two. But it takes a certain kind of person (or people in this case) to actually have a vision of how an impact can be made and then take that vision through to a reality. You have made a positive and tangible difference not just to the NFPs involved, but also to the women who have joined you on the journey, and are learning the benefits of collective giving first-hand. Thank you!!
Di Jickell – Member
Tax Time!
Info for founding and new members
As the financial year draws to an end, we are seeking the support of our Founding Members to continue their commitment to Melbourne Women’s Fund for a 2nd year of collective giving which starts in July. If you choose to make your next donation before 30 June, you will be able to take advantage of a tax deduction for this financial year. We would be happy to receive your donation for the following year/s as well, if that is more convenient for you.

For those considering becoming members - now is a great time to take this step, so you can also receive a tax deduction this year. As our membership grows we will be able to make larger grants to NFP organisations at granting time next year, this is a very exciting prospect!

Shortly we will be sending out reminders to members regarding their membership of Melbourne Women’s Fund, so they have the opportunity to align their contributions with the end of the financial year.

Once again, we will be offering the opportunity to donate in a variety of ways through the Lord Mayor's Charitable Foundation, either through credit card deductions (made annually or monthly) or via direct debit transfer. Visit www.melbournewomensfund/joining for details. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call Gillian on 0402 268 330.
Next event - MWF Anniversary drinks
Thursday 23 July
Please join us for after work drinks at the Atrium Bar, Level 35, Sofitel on Collins to celebrate MWF's first anniversary. The members who attended our last evening there had such a good time that we decided to return! This is a casual 'drop-in' event, to meet with other members and hear about what we have planned for the second year of our giving circle.
 
By registering your attendance via the  Eventbrite link, we can advise hotel staff about expected numbers of guests. Please bring a friend or colleague, the more the merrier! Click for Eventbrite registration.
 
NB: This is a free MWF event, with guests purchasing their own drinks
Member Profile: Anna Draffin
How can we make a difference?
Thanks to Gillian and Pat’s vision and dedication in establishing Melbourne Women’s Fund, we all have this extraordinary opportunity handed to us.

For me, this is an opportunity to enable some incredible not for profits that have a considered gender lens. This emphasis on women and girls is a proven accelerator (see Australian Women’s Donor Network) for substantial positive return to communities – the whole community too, not ‘just’ women and girls.

I am also a huge advocate of giving circles. These circles enable us to become involved in something far larger than our own private gift, and to further advance our skills in evaluation, collective and strategic giving. This knowledge is crucial as the world becomes increasingly complex with the pressing issues we do, and will, face.

The other week, I had the privilege of a site visit to EMERGE, a women’s refuge with fellow MWF members. I was struck by the candour, humour and generosity of these women experiencing extreme challenges, and the very ‘every day’ manner in which life continues. The presentations at the award evening again demonstrated this dichotomy as well as the breadth of women’s ingenuity and resourcefulness as we were introduced to six different organisations, some well established and others just emerging.

I am not interested in being “net neutral” with my professional and personal pursuits. My time is to make a difference, here and now, and lead my young family – a daughter and sons - by example.

It is my great privilege to be part of the MWF. I can't wait to see more women and girls flourish and inspire.
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