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Impact100 Fremantle inspires at least 100 donors to each contribute $1,000 annually and then pool the contributions to make high impact grants to local charities and projects.

Impact100 Fremantle is a great way to get involved in giving and together make a significant impact in the greater Fremantle community.


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Donor List

Click here to see a list of businesses and people who have pledge to Impact100 Fremantle in 2016 – as of 1 November 2016.

Click here to see a list of businesses and people who have pledged to Impact100 Fremantle in 2015
 – as of 12 November 2015.

Impact100 Fremantle


A community with a culture of giving.


We aim to:
  • Provide high-impact grants that reach underserved populations
  • Raise the profile of deserving and lesser known not-for-profits
  • Highlight unmet needs in our community
  • Increase philanthropy

Increasing Philanthropy

We inspire a rewarding giving experience by:
  • Sharing the joy of giving
  • Providing a “toe in the water” for philanthropy
  • Increase our awareness of local issues and organisations
  • Offering a range of unique opportunities for donors to be included in the giving process, these include:
    • 1 Launch
    • 8 site visits
    • 2 grant meetings
    • 1 Awards dinner

Impact100 Fremantle is a great way to get involved in giving. Through a game changing grant Impact100 Fremantle addresses community needs. Through interaction with non-profit leaders Impact100 Fremantle offers rare insight into our community, which it turn encourages further engagement as Donors, volunteers and mentors.

How It Works

Impact100 Fremantle inspires at least 100 donors to each contribute $1,000 annually and then pool the contributions to make high impact grants to local charities and projects.

Our strategy includes making one primary grant of $100,000 each year – a game changing grant – empowering a local charity to dream bigger. Donors at an annual Grant Awards Dinner choose the grant recipient collectively. Donor involvement and learning is important to the strategy and process.

Who We Are

We are a group of Fremantle people, from all walks of life, pooling our resources to make a lasting, positive impact to the well-being of our community.

Introducing the Impact100 Fremantle Shortlist for 2017

We’ve reached an exciting milestone in the Impact100 Fremantle journey for 2017.

Last week some of our donors gathered to review the Impact100 Fremantle EOI applications and create a shortlist of applicants to be invited to continue on the journey, through the submission of a full application and hosting a site visit with donors.

Today we’re thrilled to announce the 6 shortlisted organisations and tell you a bit more about them.

This is the first glimpse at the projects that will shape our communities future and provide us with unique insight into the challenges and opportunities for improving Aboriginal Health and Wellbeing in our area.


Caralee Community School ~ Koora Wadi

The Caralee Community School aims to create resilient and civically responsible students who are inspired to strive to achieve academic success in a nurturing and inclusive environment.

The Australian Early Development Census (AEDC) highlighted that 4 year old children in Willagee, many of whom are Aboriginal, are more at risk of developing delayed language and cognitive skills, and communication skills compared to state and national data.

Koora Wadi is a proposed pre-kindy program for Aboriginal children between 0-4 years of age to ‘Close the gap’ by  providing early literacy skills and creating pathways for adult literacy opportunities with parents. The program will provide children with the appropriate early literacy lessons with an Aboriginal Early Years Specialist teacher for two half days a week, supported by an Education Assistant . Parents involved with the sessions will also have the opportunity to work with the City of Melville Outreach Librarian to develop adult literacy skills, which can also benefit the children at home.


MyKy ~ Indigenous Heritage Specialists

MyKy was established by Indigenous ex Fremantle Dockers footballer, Scott Chisholm, to address and improve the health and wellbeing of Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities in Perth’s south, with a strong focus in Melville and Fremantle areas.

MyKy acknowledges the importance of Indigenous identity in the community and highlights a need for a greater understanding and connection to cultural knowledge by the wider community.

The Indigenous Heritage Specialist training will focus on the development of a team of local Indigenous community members trained in the delivery of unique cultural tours between Melville and Fremantle. This project will provide an opportunity to converse with local elders to build knowledge about sites in the local areas, and the establishment of a locally-based Indigenous tour guide team to work alongside the TR Foundation.

By the end of this project the Fremantle and Melville communities will have a small group of Indigenous tour guides, as well as the creation of a self-guided tour app.


Ngalla Maya ~ Education, Training and Employment Services

Ngalla Maya Aboriginal Corporation is a not-for-profit organisation taking a holistic approach to closing the gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Australians. It tackles core social problems that lead to disparity, supporting each candidate in their journey into training, employment, ongoing mentoring and support; all of this occurs while also supporting the family unit.

As of June 2016, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples comprised 28 per cent of all prisoners despite comprising less than three per cent of the national population. Western Australia incarcerates Aboriginal juveniles at the nation’s highest rate – 56 times of non-Aboriginal youth.

There is an urgency to respond or otherwise in 2025, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples will comprise in excess of 50 per cent of the national prison population.Nationally, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth, aged 10 to 17, comprise 55 per cent of the inmates in juvenile detention.

Ngalla Maya works to inspire and commit former inmates to training and education opportunities that lead to employment. Ngalla Maya provides mentoring and psychosocial support to the trainee and to their family members if required. Ngalla Maya also partners with the First nation’s Homelessness Project and Advocacy Service to prevent client evictions from public housing to help create stable home environments.

Outcare ~ Korl Bilya

Outcare is a non-profit provider of rehabilitation services in Western Australia.

The name of the program is Korl Bilya (Return to River). Whadjuk-Nyoongar people have an ancient relationship with the Swan River, and were chiefly responsible for maintaining its health for nearly 40,000 years. The Swan River (known as Derbarl Yerrigan or Narlak Beeliar) was significant to Nyoongar people for a variety of reasons; including use for hunting and fishing purposes, sacred Dreaming sites (Creation stories of the Wagyl, marriage unions, and also for its medicinal properties.

It is believed the Swan River can once again become a place of healing for disengaged, disempowered Nyoongar people, and that a working relationship between Outcare and our First Australians with the Swan River will promote greatly improved health and wellbeing outcomes.

Winning Impact100 Fremantle would allow the program to run for 12 months with up to 12 participants per week from the Fremantle area.


Fremantle PCYC ~ Safe Space

Fremantle PCYC’s Safe Space aims to increase the relationship between youth and the community, along with decreasing offending and anti-social behaviour. Structured activities encourage teamwork and aim to help develop communication skills. 60% of the children involved in Fremantle PCYC’s Safe Space program are Indigenous.

Winning Impact100 Fremantle would allow PCYC to broaden the Safe Space program through the development and delivery of workshops designed to give at-risk young people desperately needed life skills. Delivered over a year, in line with the four terms of the school year the four workshop streams would engage 30x participants per session in learning:

  • Aboriginal Culture – cultural education, dream time and yarning, bush tucker, bush medicine and art.
  • Protective Growth – protective behaviours, cyber safety, mental health, money matters.
  • Employment Skills – projects with Fremantle Men’s Shed, Hilton Harvest, employment pathways and resume writing.
  • Health and Nutrition – health eating and cooking, dental hygiene and exercise.

Underlying the delivery of the workshops and the key to the success of the project is the need for a strong foundation of skilled personnel at Fremantle PCYC to interact daily and build relationships with at-risk young people The project included the employment of youth and social workers for participants.


Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company ~ Noongar Shakespeare Sonnets

Yirra Yaakin Theatre Company contributes to the evolution of the Australian performing arts sector by projecting a strong Aboriginal voice through live performance.

Yirra Yaakin wish to establish an annual Noongar Shakespeare Sonnets (NSS) Challenge for young people aged 14+ and community groups in the Fremantle area to continue this endangered language and culture.

The NSS Workshops teaches Shakespeare’s sonnets in traditional Noongar language. The program is run and delivered by Aboriginal people and plans to reach 300-450 participants.

Noongar language is an endangered language, with less than 400 fluent speakers within the Noongar nation. This project aims to grow the number of children and community members with an understanding of Noongar language and culture.

Impact100 Fremantle 2016


The Impact100 Fremantle donor community and supporters filled the Packenham Street Arts Space on 8 November 2016 to decide which of the four finalists for 2016 would walk away with a game changing $100,000 grant! Congratulations to Paul Malone and Griffin Longley of the Night Hoops Youth Engagement Project – their perseverance and hard work paid off and our donors were thoroughly impressed by their application and pitch. Lifting Horizons is a harm prevention charity that creates, runs and sources social inclusion and engagement projects to protect youth at risk from harm and support their positive choices to break the cycle of disadvantage.

In 2016 we asked, how do we create a culture of connection? We invited submissions for creative projects that enrich our community and public spaces with joy and inspiration. We encouraged initiatives that have strong collaboration to achieve this outcome. While creativity was a key theme this year, we were open to submissions from any area of social impact. Here were our final four:

  Fremantle Men’s Community Shed
Fremantle Men’s Community Shed is a non-profit organisation that evolved from an idea that men in the Fremantle area could benefit from having a “tooled up” shared shed facility to work on personal or community projects. The Shed will implement a 32×5 week specifically designed Shed based workshops over a 24-months period, focusing on working with wood and mental and social interaction. Partnerships will be drawn up with four target groups consisting of vulnerable youth, refugee men and women and persons living with mental illness. This project aims to create a non-judgemental positive environment that optimises interaction while building competence and confidence and moving towards re-engagement back into the community through collegiate support and achievement.

Lifting Horizons – Night Hoops Youth Engagement Project
Lifting Horizons is a harm prevention charity that creates, runs and sources social inclusion and engagement projects to protect youth at risk from harm and support their positive choices to break the cycle of disadvantage. The Night Hoops Youth Engagement Project aims to engage at-risk or disengaged young people and offer safe and constructive activities and pathways on Saturday nights, where anti-social behaviour is at its peak, over the course of 48 weeks in 2017 to 2018. With food and transport provided, Night Hoops includes basketball, life skills workshops and engagement with cultural mentors and local volunteers. With the added opportunity for five participants to compete in a tournament and take part in a cultural exchange in Singapore.

MOMO – Creating Connections/Talking Objects
The Museum of Moving Objects (MOMO) Inc. is a non-profit organisation that provides informal and lively interpretation of the Western Australia history through object driven workshops, exhibition and collaborative projects with a mobile museum that brings history and archaeology to life in schools and communities. The Creating Connections/Talking Objects project aims to engage and celebrate the history and contribution of the aged care communities of Fremantle, connecting them together with each other, the youth and their community environment. It is made up of “Creating connections through objects” which is an object-driven interactive workshop that connects the elderly and participating local school children through social history workshop and “My object, my story” which tells history stories through videos in unusual public spaces in Fremantle. It gives the silent elderly generation a voice and connects the young and old together to create a culture of respect.

Perth Symphony Orchestra – “Big Play Big Sing”
Perth Symphony Orchestra aims to bring about a music revolution in Western Australia and getting the widest possible involved by bringing world-class music to communities. The “Big Play Big Sing” project provides an opportunity for community members who have once learned an instrument or sung to do it again. Workshops and sectional rehearsals will be conducted with principal musicians with simple versions of the score for participants. This will lead to a mass orchestra and mass choir flashmob performance in Fremantle. “Big Play Big Song” will bring people together through music and performance.

2015 Impact100 Fremantle

In 2015 the focus for Impact100 Fremantle is Building Community Spirit.
We invited initiatives that connect disadvantaged people back into the Fremantle community.
We are looking for projects that:
  • break down barriers to opportunity and participation for disadvantaged people
  • have strong elements of collaboration (e.g. partnering with another organisation to create an outcome that neither organisation could achieve on its own)
  • activate or utilise public space making activities visible for the broader community

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In 2015 the focus for Impact100 Fremantle was Building Community Spirit.

Home grown talent Growing Change were awarded $100,000 to establish the exciting Fremantle Social Farm through the Fremantle Foundation’s Impact100 Fremantle giving circle.

This year a record $130,000 was raised allowing the three other finalists, Befriend, InclusionWA and Lifting Horizons (Night Hoops), to walk away with $10,000.

$100,000 Major Grant Recipient: Growing Change – Fremantle Social Farm

Fremantle Social Farm is an initiative of Growing Change Australia Ltd. It is a micro-farming venture that utilises unused land, connects with vulnerable individuals and fosters group therapeutic care through horticultural programming. The grant will allow Growing Change to provide 100 horticultural scholarships for 100 vulnerable people in Fremantle over a two-year period.

After the 12 week introduction, graduates have the opportunity to lease farm land and maintain a private or shared plot, and continue harvesting produce which Growing Change sells to existing customer networks. The revenue from produce sales is shared amongst the participants, allowing them to receive a modest income as well as reinvest in further developments on their micro-farm business.

The project will deliver a sustainable community-based model to recovery, facilitate a coordinated approach to achieving social impact, and provide person-centred support for long-term solutions to mental illness, homelessness and social isolation in Fremantle.

Finalist $10,000: Lifting Horizons – The Night Hoops Youth Engagement Project

The Night Hoops Youth Engagement Project aims to engage at-risk, or disengaged young people, aged 12-18, and offer them safe and constructive activities on a Saturday night. The project will run over 48 weeks. There is additional opportunity for at least five young people from the program to compete in an international tournament in Singapore and to take part in a cultural exchange at United World College.
The Night Hoops Youth Engagement Project involves the very tangible success of keeping young people off the street and out of trouble, along with the more intangible successes of positively impacting their lives and helping to build cohesion in the Fremantle community. http://www.nighthoops.org/

Finalist $10,000: Inclusion WA – Freo-Connect Sport and Recreation Program

The concept for the Freo-Connect Sport and Recreation Program has been developed by Inclusion WA to address community concern surrounding high rates of crime; disengagement of local youth; and increasing rates of substance abuse; anti-social behaviour and truancy.   The program aims to improve the ability of local groups to cater for community members who are having difficulties across various parts of their lives. Inclusion WA train and mentor sporting clubs, recreational groups and individuals to assist the engagement or reengagement of those who are currently isolated. The program aims to be inclusive – to connect people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds with existing local groups – by closing the physical and social distances separating people and with this it aims to bring everyone together and promote a friendly, welcoming Fremantle community. http://www.inclusionwa.org.au/

Finalist $10,000: Befriend Inc. – Befriend Fremantle Social Connector Project

The Befriend Social Network is an existing Perth-based network of social inclusion that creates opportunities for individuals to form new connections, whilst simultaneously influencing a broader cultural change around the inclusion of all individuals as valued, participating members of the community. The network empowers people at risk of social exclusion, including people with a disability, people with mental illness, and people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, to enhance their social and community participation through regular, localised small-scale social activities.

The events of the network enable marginalised, socially excluded individuals to participate in everyday community activities, meet new people and form genuine connections through sharing meaningful social experiences with others. http://www.befriend.org.au


2015 Committee Members include:

  • David McDonald (Chair)
  • Cass Beeson
  • Jane Cowling
  • Connie Handcock
  • Santo Merenda
  • Liesbeth Goedhart
  • Andrew Mostyn
  • Gabe Mostyn
  • Mayor Brad Pettitt
  • Dylan Smith
  • Keryth Cattalini
  • Ros de Souza
  • Stefanie Dobro
  • Yvonne Townes

2014 Impact100 Fremantle Finalists

Last year Impact100 Fremantle donors collectively raise $115,000 for four inspiring finalists. Here are the details of last years winners. FORM – 100 Hampton Road – Major Grant Recipient – $100,000

The 100 Hampton Road project aims to build personal and community wellbeing through cooking classes and communal eating onsite at the local lodging house by installing a commercial kitchen. 100 Hampton Road provides supportive accommodation to some of the most underprivileged people in our community. Many residents have mental health issues, substance abuse problems and are living isolated lives with limited social connections. form.org.au

DADAA – Finalist Grant Recipient – $5,000

DADAA will provide high level art programs for women and children experiencing mental health and homelessness in the Fremantle area. The project will engage participants at iconic Fremantle locations, build valuable skills and empower personal growth through artistic expression. www.dadaa.org.au

South Lake Ottey Family & Neighbourhood Centre – Noongar Rangers – Finalist Grant Recipient – $5,000 (plus an anonymous donation of $5,000)

Noongar Rangers is an educational and life-skills program, providing strong beginnings and cultural pride for Noongar children, aged 6-12 years. Noogar Ranges programs have previously led to significant increase in school attendance.The successful program has clear preventative strategies and supports alleviation of social isolation for children and their families. www.facebook.com/OtteyCentre

St. Patricks Community Support Centre (St. Pats) – The Fremantle Community Hub – Finalist Grant Recipient – $5,000

The Fremantle Community Hub will be a ground breaking project that will support the most vulnerable in our community, particularly those who are homeless or at risk of homelessness by bringing services together, in the one place, for the first time. This will ensure service users are able to readily gain access to what they need to support them on their journey to independence and quality of life.  www.stpats.com.au

Impact100 Fremantle

In 2017 we're marking 50 years since the 1967 Referendum with major grant of $100,000 to support Aboriginal Health & Wellbeing in the Fremantle area. But we need your help. Give $1,000 and make a $100,000 difference. Find out more.

Fremantle Ball 2017

In Support Of The Fremantle Foundation
Put Friday 11 August 2017 in your diary and tell your friends, because the annual Fremantle Ball returns for another fabulous evening celebrating community spirit and compassion in Fremantle!