Moree Youth Forum – Youth Voices in Action

On 17 and 18 March 2022, VFFF’s Program Manager, Contributing to Society Natalie Buckett attended the Moree Youth Forum. Hosted at Moree’s SHAE Academy, the youth-led event provided an opportunity for “young people to come together, grow connections, come up with ideas and make plans for what they want to see for Moree”, as well as “learn new skills on how to make change.”

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Social Impact Leadership Australia – Retreat #1

In late November, the VFFF team was delighted to play host to the first retreat of Social Impact Leadership Australia (SILA). 23 for-purpose CEO’s from urban, regional and rural areas in NSW and the ACT spent three days together as part of their ten month program as the inaugural SILA cohort. We greatly enjoyed the opportunity to share our workspace with this group of exceptional leaders and the delivery team from The Centre for Social Impact.

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Q&A: Take 3 for the Sea

In November 2021, the VFFF Grants Committee approved $49,685 towards scaling Take 3 for the Sea. This represented one of VFFF’s first grants under Caring for the Environment. 

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Collaborative Funding Round

News Collaborative Funding Round In 2020, a group of foundations came together to consider the serious consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic for many for-purpose and arts sectors organisations. VFFF took part in this philanthropic collaboration, the COVID and Beyond NFP Recovery Project. Five funders (VFFF, Ian Potter Foundation, Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation, Sidney Myer Fund…

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Q&A: Andrew Taukolo, YFS Ltd

In August 2020, the VFFF Grants Committee approved $48,500 towards the Men4Respect program, run by YFS in Logan, Qld. This program is a fantastic example of using peer-led education to tackle a persistent social issue, and is delivered by paid Youth Ambassadors. Men4Respect Coordinator Andrew Taukolo provides some insights.

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Home Stretch NSW – extending out-of-home care to 21

For many young people in out-of-home care, approaching their 18th birthday can be daunting. The Home Stretch campaign seeks to extend the age of leaving care from 18 to 21, providing greater stability and security for young people who may already be having a rough time.

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Opening of Hotel Etico

The official opening of Hotel Etico in Mount Victoria on 5 June was a special day that celebrated the hard work of the many people involved in the set-up of Australia’s first social enterprise hotel.

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VFFF Supports Rural and Regional Media

In June, VFFF Directors approved a special family distribution grant for $1.3m over three years to support the Guardian Australia in developing a rural and regional media network and the Centre for Media Transition (CMT) at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) to undertake research on post philanthropic business models which will support and sustain commercially viable news media enterprises in rural and regional Australia.

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UTS Regional Journalism Internship Program

In August 2020, the VFFF Grants Committee approved $50,000 to support the University of Technology Sydney’s Regional Journalism Internship Program.

The program supports UTS journalism students to complete a one-month, paid internship placement with a small regional newspaper.

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