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Strategic Programs


Harvest, Condobolin, November 2014

In the last four years, VFFF has sought to increase its impact and improve its philanthropic practice through a number of strategic initiatives. The first of these is a Place-based Program, begun in 2011 which supports Condobolin to bring about the social outcomes they seek for their community. VFFF commenced a Children and Prison Program in 2013, through which the foundation aims to contribute to reducing the over-representation of Aboriginal children in the justice system. Social Impact Investment is the newest strategic program, supporting the growth of the available pool of ‘impact first’ investment opportunities.

These programs are opportunities to invest VFFF’s resources beyond the financial including time and networks towards achieving greater outcomes.

Latest Grants

  • Australian National University
    $300,000 over two years towards the Next Generation Farming Management and Biodiversity Project, to help farmers in rural Australia better manage the natural assets on their farms.
  • Australian Schools Plus
    $79,000 to establish a resource pool of school coaches to support the delivery of the Fair Education Program.
  • Refugee Advice & Casework Service
    $500,000 towards ensuring people seeking asylum in NSW under the 'fast track' process are able to lodge their applications for protection within the shortened deadline of the Australian Government.
  • Western Sydney University
    $336,892 over two years for the Bulundidi Gudaga Study - a research project to examine the effectiveness of an early childhood intervention program among Aboriginal children in south-western Sydney.
  • Blue Datto Foundation
    $20,000 towards the Keeping Safe program that provides emergency road safety education for regional New South Wales.
  • Sanctuary Australia
    $24,000 to cover rental expenses of the Sanctuary Centre, a community meeting space to support the settlement needs of refugees in Coffs Harbour.