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Pride Foundation News February 2019

Message from the Chair

The new name Pride Foundation Australia (PFA, formerly GALFA) was launched at our stall at Midsumma Carnival in Melbourne last month, closely followed by our introduction in NSW at Fair Day. Our new web site will be following soon. We have had very positive responses to this new direction, which is a visual reminder that we are working for the diverse range of LGBTQIA+ Australians. Amongst many similar comments, Sally Goldner sent the following words:

On behalf of Transgender Victoria, Bisexual Alliance Victoria and myself personally, congratulations and thank you for the name change.
Inclusive language is an important factor for bi and TGD people so when key organisations in our worlds make moves like yours it is encouraging and affirming for us.
Please pass on our thanks to the Board.

Sally Goldner
Treasurer Bisexual Alliance Victoria
Treasurer Transgender Victoria

Ruth McNair, Pride Foundation Board Chairperson

GALFA-Myer Foundation 2018 grant round 2 outcome

The successful recipient of the second disability-focused $20,000 grant round for 2018 was Kim Burns at the Dementia Centre for Research Collaboration at University of NSW. They will be collaborating with the Silver Rainbow team at the National LGBTI Health Alliance to evaluate an eLearning Resource developed for those supporting LGBTI people with Dementia and Changed Behaviours.

Dementia Centre for Research Collaboration

The Small Grants Program

Congratulations to the recipients of the final Small Grant round in 2018:

Recipient Project name
Portland Bay School (Vic) Wellbeing and Wellness
City of Casey Council (Vic) Social Support group
Melbourne Bisexual Network Melbourne bisexual network project
James Hamilton (Vic) Rainbow Legacies

We will be having four Small Grant rounds again in 2019, with due dates of March 10, June 9, September 8, and December 6.

Applications for up to $500 can be made for the 2019 rounds via the online form at:

Pride Foundation at Midsumma, Melbourne and
Fair Day, Sydney 2019

It was great to chat with many of our supporters and donors who dropped in to the stalls at Midsumma Carnival and Fair Day to see our new look for the first time. Particular thanks to Cathy Kirwan, our Communications Manager, for expertly guiding us through the name change; and to PJ Calhoun for their wonderful design work.

Board members Colin Krycer and Ruth McNair with volunteer Cal Andrews, Melbourne
Board members Colin Krycer and Ruth McNair with volunteer Cal Andrews, Melbourne

Colin with Board member Fiona Wilkie and mascot Franky in Sydney
Colin with Board member Fiona Wilkie and mascot Franky in Sydney

Designer of our new logo and visual language PJ Calhoun
Designer of our new logo and visual language PJ Calhoun

You could become the Pride Foundation marketing and administration officer

We are seeking a person within the LGBTQIA+ community with excellent administration and marketing skills to work with us on a part-time, paid basis. This role has flexible hours at approximately one day per week. The person will work closely with the Board of the Pride Foundation Australia to build awareness of our work around Australia and connect with our donors and volunteers. They will also support our fundraising and grant-making activities. It may suit someone already working part-time in philanthropy or LGBTIQ community organization.

The position description is at

Applications should include a current CV and outline experience against the key selection criteria. Apply to Dr Ruth McNair, PFA Chair at For further information please contact Ruth on 0419 120 663. 

Applications close Thursday 21 March 2019.

We Need Your Support

Pride Foundation is 100% reliant on community donor support to make our work possible. We are incredibly grateful for the funds we receive from our generous donors throughout the year.

Your donation will help fund essential programs for LGBTQIA+ people in our community who are the most disadvantaged.

To make a donation, large or small, visit If you would like to leave a bequest, please visit or contact us if you have any donor queries at


For 2019 we are moving to a monthly newsletter, so look forward to hearing more news about our work in a months’ time.

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