Halfway through its first ten years, Logan Together continues to showcase the value of community-driven, place-based work.

This genuine collaboration between community, industry, government and philanthropy is on track to deliver tangible child development improvements for the Logan community.

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Fair Education aims to build the capacity of school leaders in low socio-economic areas to design and implement activities that strengthen family and community engagement in education. To date, Fair Education has supported 110 schools across NSW.

The Centre for International Research on Education Systems (CIRES) at Victoria University has now concluded its four year evaluation of this program for the first two cohorts of schools in NSW.

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Community Resources is a national community development organisation. It owns and runs three social enterprises (Green Connect, Soft Landing and Resource Recovery Australia) and a range of community services. Community Resources employs more than 500 people, 75% of whom joined when experiencing barriers to employment. It exists to create jobs and employment pathways for individuals, groups and places that need them.

VFFF considers Community Resources to be a unique and high potential organisation, whose work is very well-aligned to the Foundation’s priorities.

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The outbreak of COVID-19 has been a call to action for many Foundations. Across Australian philanthropy there is a recognition of the need to accelerate giving and to think and act creatively to support charities.

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The Board and Team at VFFF hope this message finds you and your families well. It is rare that an everyday pleasantry carries quite so much weight. We fully appreciate the stresses that you are under in response to the extraordinary global situation we face together as a result of COVID 19…

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On 24 February, VFFF’s ethical development program delivery partner the Behavioural Insights Team (BIT) hosted a panel discussing teenagers’ use of technology. Representatives from BIT, Google and the Department of Education joined three young people in discussing this issue. There were a number of key takeouts from the discussion…

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ChangeFest is a gathering of people, intent on working at the local level for place-based impact. ChangeFest recognises First Nations first within strong diverse and sustainable communities, and this year was hosted by the Elders from Baabayn Aboriginal Corporation in Mount Druitt NSW, with special guest Elders from the Northern Territory, where the next ChangeFest will be held…

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In August 2019 the VFFF Grants Committee approved an application from the North West Film Festival in Inverell NSW. The festival provides a unique opportunity for young people from the New England North West region of NSW who are interested in creative screen media to showcase and celebrate their work. While their region battles unprecedented drought and fires, the Festival provides an outlet that gives young people a voice, and an event in which they are able to raise awareness of the critical issues that are important to them.

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On 10 and 11 September, more than 100 school leaders from across NSW came together for the 3rd Fair Education NSW Conference. Generously hosted by PwC at Barangaroo, representatives of the 23 Fair Ed projects shared their challenges, learnings and future plans. This Conference was also a chance to celebrate the achievements of the first cohort of schools who are about to conclude their formal three year participation in Fair Ed…

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There are many young Aussies who go to school each day without any lunch. And without food, concentration and learning is compromised, which often means these kids fall further behind their peers. Eat Up runs sandwich making sessions at corporate offices, then loads up their van and delivers them to schools to provide to kids who don’t have lunch from home…

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