VFFF welcomes our sixth Grants Trainee, Ellen Frith!

Since 2013, the Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation has offered a unique opportunity for recent graduates who are interested in immersing themselves in the philanthropic sector. Working for VFFF enables the Grants Trainee to develop a broader understanding of the processes undertaken in philanthropic work.

This is a valuable role for the VFFF team, as it builds upon our vision of backing young people by providing an entry level opportunity to an individual who aligns with the values of the organisation. The skills developed through the 18-month traineeship equip the Grants Trainee with the knowledge required to pursue further opportunities in the philanthropic and not-for-profit space.

VFFF is pleased to introduce our newest trainee, Ellen Frith. Having completed a Bachelor of International Studies at UNSW in 2021, she is looking forward to developing a deeper understanding of the Australian philanthropic environment. Prior to joining the VFFF team, Ellen was a customer service supervisor at Coles for almost four years. This experience allowed her to develop effective communication skills and the ability to work well under pressure. In 2019, Ellen was a community organising volunteer for the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre and assisted in the development of local working groups in NSW. More recently, she completed a nine-month internship with the Hunger Project Australia, in their government grants department. In the role of Grants Trainee, Ellen is looking forward to learning about VFFF’s processes and legacy in the world of philanthropy. The team has already welcomed Ellen and she is excited to work alongside her colleagues to expand her skills and understanding of the role VFFF plays in the philanthropic space.

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“I’m excited to be a part of the VFFF team! I’m looking forward to learning about amazing organisations in regional and rural communities who are backing young people. The team have already been so welcoming, and I can’t wait to see where the traineeship leads me!”
Ellen Frith

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