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GALFA NEWS
Autumn – May 2017

GALFA launch event in Sydney 8 April

Around 50 people attended the launch on a sunny afternoon at the M Contemporary Gallery. This was designed to introduce GALFA to prospective donors and supporters in NSW. Our Patron, Emeritus Professor Dennis Altman inspired us to become generous financially, to match the long history of generosity in action for the LGBTI communities.

Fiona Wilkie, GALFA Treasurer, launched our Small Grants program; and Ruth McNair, encouraged people to consider volunteering for GALFA.

Sydney Launch
Ian Gould, Alex Greenich MP, Sarina Jackson, Dennis Altman, Colin Krycer, Fiona Wilkie, Ruth McNair

M Contempory

Dennis Altman speech – Sydney launch

Professor Altman“Now it’s time to donate to our community”, Prof Altman
In launching GALFA in Sydney, Prof Altman highlighted that many people in our community have consistently and generously given time to many of our community’s causes. The immense mobilisation of talent and effort to provide support, advocacy and education during the HIV/Aids epidemic was one example, and the queer celebrations around the country, of which Mardi Gras and Midsumma are the best known, are further examples. Volunteerism is very strong across our community, in both big and small events and organisations. It has not often been matched by a willingness to donate money.

While much progress has been made, discrimination and disadvantage still exist in our queer communities, and Prof Altman emphasised that we cannot rely on government to fund everything that we need. Those who have benefitted from modern Australia should now think about financially giving back to their community, and GALFA stands out as a well-run queer community charity.

Prof Altman also highlighted the need for adding a queer voice to refugee discussions and detention off-shore. Some of these refugees fled because their sexuality made them criminals in their country, and they are currently facing the possibility of harassment and imprisonment if they seek resettlement in Papua New Guinea.

In concluding Prof Altman sowed two thoughts. As our community grows and evolves, we have a responsibility to find resources for own members.  Second, queer issues are not just our issues but issues that intersect with equality and justice for all.

GALFA has received a Victorian Government grant

VictoriaWe are very pleased to have been granted $54,000 over two years by the Victorian Government through the LGBTI community Grants scheme.

This will enable us to contract a marketing and communications officer part-time to develop our capacity in this area./p>

We will be advertising this position via our website and through other philanthropic channels in June and July.

The Small Grants Program

This program is now active. We welcome applications from LGBTIQ individuals and small unfunded community groups for amounts of up to $500. These projects should aim to enhance LGBTIQ community participation, skills or connectedness. Applications can be made at any time through our website:

https://www.galfa.org.au/funding/small-grants-program/

LGBTI Homelessness project update

housing & homelessnessThe GALFA LGBTI homelessness project has received excellent media attention in relation to the interim report released in February. This has included items in The Guardian, Pro Bono Australia newsletter, The Homeless hub, as well as interviews on JOY-FM and RTR-FM in Perth.

We are now planning an event hosted by Allens Law firm in Melbourne on 31st August at 6pm to launch the final project report. Details to follow.

The University of Melbourne team has just received a $200,000 grant from Vic Health to pilot a LGBTI safe housing network in Victoria. This is an exciting demonstration of where a small philanthropic seeding grant from GALFA can take us.

http://www.lgbtihomeless.com/https://twitter.com/GALFAhomeless

Bequest to GALFA

consider a bequestThe estate of Patrick Foley has released a bequest to GALFA, which we have now received in full. We are very grateful to Patrick‘s partner, Anthony, for meeting with us and allowing us to make this bequest public.

Patrick Foley‘s generosity to GALFA is greatly appreciated and will enable GALFA to support projects that will improve lives by reducing discrimination, disadvantage and improve opportunity for LGBTIQ people. This bequest will have long term benefits and be life changing for many. It reflects Patrick‘s life-long support for his friends, a career in health care and as a contributor to the LGBTI community, especially as a member of VAC Care Teams in the worst days of HIV. We have invested a proportion of the bequest into GALFA‘s corpus for long term income, and will use the balance to make grants in the short term. Patrick‘s generosity is an example of how people can make a long-term contribution to our community.

Thank you for your donations

Thank you to our generous donors that have contributed this year. It‘s easy to donate to GALFA either on line via our web site, or by setting up a regular monthly contribution. Donations over $2 are tax deductable.

Donations either once off or monthly can be made via our website - go to www.galfa.org.au and hit the Donations button.

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