Impact100 Fremantle 2020 Shortlist

Impact100 Fremantle 2020 Shortlist

We’re excited to announce this year’s shortlist for Impact100 Fremantle:

Australian Dental Health Foundation

www.adhf.org.au

Homelessness is considered as a lack of safe or permanent housing, however it is one of the deepest manifestations of social exclusion and poverty.  While there is a significant body of evidence around the poor health outcomes of people experiencing homelessness, there has been less focus on the issue of oral health, which impacts the physical health and mental wellbeing of our clients, and their overall ability to present for job interviews or find stable housing.  In recent times, the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has presented a myriad of challenges in being able to provide care to our patients.  Research from the WA Alliance to End Homelessness has shown that Aboriginal people and homelessness are disproportionately affected by the impacts of COVID-19 on their ability to access healthcare in a timely manner. 

Australian Dental Health Foundation in WA is unique because we are the only state that runs a permanent oral health clinic in addition to the traditional Dental Rescue Days held in private dental surgeries.  Our clinic is run in partnership with St Patrick’s Community Support Centre in Fremantle and is situated in their building on 12 Queen Victoria Street, Fremantle.  In the past year, we have provided around $142,560 of pro bono dental treatment to around 162 homeless patients, through the help of volunteer dentists and our partner dental laboratories.

Our mandate is to address the growing need for oral health care for the homeless.  We see the potential for dental treatment to actually be the first step in restoring confidence and giving people the ability to move forward positively with their lives.  Our mission is to offer this service to more members of the community and measure the impact of this programme through a research collaboration with the UWA School of Population Health.  This would ensure it’s continued sustainability with the ability to potentially replicate this model to other centres.

The Australian Dental Health Foundation currently has access to a fully functional dental clinic in St. Patrick’s Community Centre but without the appropriate resources, this clinic sits idle at the Community Centre for over 60% of the time. ADHF currently relies heavily on volunteer dental staff, volunteer nursing staff, and inexperienced students in-training, which represents a lack of utilisation of the initial resources, as our ability to treat the number of patients both qualitatively and quantitatively is affected adversely. By employing a part-time trained Dental nurse/clinic manager (3-4 days), this would overcome our current utilisation issues in a number of key areas:

  • Increasing the number of full clinic days (from 1.5 to more)
  • Increasing the number of consumables donated, engaging with more stakeholders in this area.
  • Collecting and improving the triage of patients into our care
  • Managing the complex dental care needs with dental laboratories providing free dental work 
  • Materials ordering; to ensure there is no lack when patients present to the clinic
  • Providing oversight for occupational health and safety practices
  • Training Dental Nursing Students
  • Liaising with UWA as part of a cohort study into the OH care provision of this disadvantaged group; this research would be critical in trying to replicate this clinic into other models both in regional and remote areas or across the country.

Autism West – Let’s Get Volunteering Locally

www.autismwest.org.au

Autism West (AW) is an established West Australian not for profit organisation. Our organisation is led, managed, and operated by a dedicated team, of whom over 50% are autistic or a parent/partner of an autistic person. Our mission is to provide opportunities and services for autistic people that identify, develop, and demonstrate their strengths and abilities so that they have equity of opportunity to actively participate in and contribute to society.

Through the Let’s Get Volunteering Locally project, Autism West would like to develop a supported volunteering framework for individuals with neurodevelopmental conditions with City of Fremantle. We envisage the framework would provide a powerful model to other local governments and businesses to apply in their organisations. It will provide resources adapt workplaces and processes to support neurodiverse volunteers in a large organisation with a customer focus. The areas identified would relate to Fremantle Library and the Recycling Centre with the department’s Parks and Gardens and tourist services to be confirmed.

The volunteering framework for individuals with autism would produce a model via a pilot that would deliver resources to apply to other businesses and local governments. It would enable the organisation to examine its existing operational framework for unintentional barriers or opportunities for individuals.

It would provide materials for training both the peer workforce and supervisors and it would also provide evidence via real-life experiences of the efficacy of the framework in improving the lives of those engaged. There would be opportunities to track transition to employment for neurodiverse individuals engaged in volunteering which is not readily available.

Autism West sees diversity through a different lens where being different is so normal it becomes unremarkable. To do this, both the autistic community and the wider community need to be empowered to look at what barriers face those who are diverse. By educating both stakeholders, greater autonomy in accommodating diversity for the wider society is achieved. Similarly educating autistic individuals on what autism is and how it relates them personally empowers individuals to negotiate with host organisations proactively and in a strengths-based approach. This will increase individuals’ self-determination and improve their performances in securing employment.

Connected By Inc

www.connectedby.org

At Connected By we recognise that in the course of any career people are faced with things that change their lives. In frontline professions, those things and changes can be greater than ever expected. After facing trauma tragedy or loss there is an increased risk of social isolation and loneliness that can contribute to and compound things like depression, anxiety, and post-traumatic stress. At Connected By we use passion and purpose to create a net to catch those who have, or are at risk of falling through the cracks. We open our doors to those who care and serve and protect, those who give of themselves above and beyond the ordinary, we open our doors to people just like you and me to find new and creative ways to move forward as part of a community.

Connected By has been established to support current and ex-serving ADF personnel, first responders, and the general public. We’ve established a safe, inviting, and inspiring workshop in the old Wool Standards building at Leighton Beach, North Fremantle. We offer courses that are adjuncts to rehabilitation programs for current and ex-service personnel and first responders, and we provide all of our clients the opportunity for meaningful engagement and psychosocial interaction. Connected By is building a stronger community one wooden surfboard at a time. At Connected By we share the love of surfing with the joy of woodworking. We take sustainably-grown Paulownia wood grown in GinGin and teach people how to transform the timber into the most beautiful hollow wooden surfboards. The boards are first and foremost functional, built for the purpose of surfing, but they are also incredibly beautiful, crafted from pieces of timber into a truly one of a kind work of art.

Connected By is a game-changer, we share change through creative and challenging tasks to achieve outcomes above and beyond the ordinary. We share and affirm the ability to create beautiful functional objects to those who may have lost their sense of worth and purpose, to individuals that have left an occupational organisation or community without a sense of belonging, to those seeking pathways to transition after trauma, tragedy, or loss.

Outcomes of the program:

  • A greater sense of self-belief and self-worth.
  • A sense of pride in accomplishment.
  • Re-socialisation and community integration.
  • Work preparedness, task diversification scheduling skills.
  • Greater mental wellbeing and coping skills.
  • A beautiful surfboard to be used, gifted, treasured.
  • Suicide prevention.
  • Friendship.

FremantleMind Inc.

www.facebook.com/fremantlemind/

FremantleMind Inc. is focussed on changing the way mental health is viewed and treated in a community setting. We are responsive to the mental health and wellbeing needs of the Fremantle community, providing services that are unavailable or otherwise inaccessible to the community. We fill gaps in existing community mental health systems by creating an accepting space for community members to access evidence-based community mental health and wellbeing services delivered by registered mental health professionals and individuals with lived experience.

Currently, MyLocalMind Inc. oversees FremantleMind Inc., delivering free evidence-based community mental health programs in the Fremantle area, demonstrating measurable improvements in current mental health issues, prevention of further mental distress and aiding community connection and support. FM fills a significant gap in the market, offering activities that are supported by qualified mental health professionals such as mindfulness, yoga, drumbeat, art therapy, life-skills, group fitness, and wellbeing talks, that are open to all Fremantle community members. Importantly we have mechanisms in place that will allow us to transpose this successful model to other local areas under the MyLocalMind Inc. umbrella.

FremantleMind Inc. aims to expand and increase capacity and sustainability for the delivery of our evidence-based community mental health programs in the Fremantle area. Current offerings include mindfulness, yoga, art therapy, drumbeat, wellness skills, and fitness.

Already demonstrating measurable success, over the following two-year period, we will increase both the number of programs and the number of participants. Additionally, we will expand networks, partnerships, and organisational capacity, something we note is essential for long term sustainability.

The target group is people in the Fremantle area experiencing mental health issues, as well as the wider community. Our programs are available to everyone in the community as a way of building stronger community connections: an essential element of mental health and recovery. Programs for specific diagnoses can lead to the diagnosis and treatment leaving people feeling isolated and cut off from their greater community, rather than the connection required for healing and health. People do not need to disclose mental health diagnoses in the groups, and this can help limit stigma and shame. In Australia, 20% of individuals currently have diagnosed mental illness and 50% will have a diagnosed mental illness during their lifetime. We seek to not only reduce mental health issues but prevent the onset and reduce severity through our programs.

Inclusion Solutions

www.inclusionsolutions.org.au

The Youth-Mantle Project is an initiative that will directly impact students aged 15 – 18 years old to become active citizens and empower them to drive socially inclusive ideas within the City of Fremantle. The Youth-Mantle Project will target pupils and the broader school environment to (1) take part in educational workshops on social inclusion best practice and evidence-based frameworks targeted at students and staff and (2) inspire and mobilise students to develop and implement great ideas in creating a more inclusive school and/or community.

Working closely with selected high schools and other local organisations, this project will tackle the effects of social isolation within marginalised cohorts, which has been exacerbated due to COVID-19. The targeted marginalised cohorts are immigrants, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, people with disabilities, and the LGBTQIA+ community to name a few. We will provide needed education to staff and students in the education sector on the importance and impact of social inclusion and inspire youth to be active participants within their community. Support will be provided to students whose selected ideas will impact the Fremantle community through seed funding. This will provide the opportunity to give the youth and their great ideas a voice.

The first phase will involve the recruitment of five high schools from the greater Fremantle area. The schools will be selected through a short EOI process to ensure they are in support of social inclusion and are focused on creating a more inclusive school environment. Once schools are selected, Inclusion Solutions will co-host a Social Inclusion for Youth Workshop for each selected school. This will see Inclusion Solutions deliver a 3-hour evidence-based, interactive, and educational workshop. This will focus on the importance, impact and necessity of social inclusion on society and what roles schools (students, teachers, and parents) play within the community to promote this. This workshop will use Open Space Technology to assist students in generating key ideas as well as how to implement those ideas.

The second phase will see students who have participated in the workshops to submit their ideas. The ideas to be implemented must:

  • Be an initiative, program or event that will better connect their local community; or
  • Create more inclusive opportunities within their school

Once ideas have been submitted, Inclusion Solutions, a representative from the relevant high school and interested donors from Impact 100 Fremantle will form a selection panel to identify one great idea from each school against the following criteria:

  • Achievability
  • Sustainability
  • Impact

The winners will receive up to $1000 (per school) and the support of Inclusion Solutions to implement their ideas within the school/community over the 12 – 18 months that follow. This will include a presentation/awards evening to award the selected students with the seed funding, provide exposure/promotions of the ideas, and provide donors with the opportunity to hear students outline their ideas moving forward, allowing students to improve their public speaking and presentation skills.

Phase three will see the students, the schools, Inclusion Solutions, and other relevant stakeholders implement ideas utilising the money. This will include updates from students, quarterly reviews, and case studies developed by Inclusion Solutions.

A report will be included on the impact of the Social Inclusion for Youth workshops, with feedback from students and staff, and the impact on the community as a result of the ideas implemented by students.

On My Feet

www.onmyfeet.org.au

On My Feet was founded in Fremantle, WA in 2014 based on the principle that running can change your life. We provided vulnerable Australians with the opportunity to develop and grow through running, whilst connecting them with employment opportunities. In 2019, On My Feet undertook a pivot to better harness the power of self-development, education, and exercise in solving homelessness. We established our now flagship Footsteps Program – an Australian leading 6-month self- development course for selected participants which provided weekly educational workshops and weekly training sessions to ultimately transition participants to self-sufficiency. By 2022, we aim to create $120 million in annual community savings, by getting 200 homeless people off the street and self-sufficient.

Our focus is on:

  • Education
  • Health & Wellness
  • Family & Community

Through our programs, we provide education, self-development, and exercise opportunities to create self-sufficiency for homeless and vulnerable Australians.

Through the Impact100 Fremantle Grant On My Feet’s will establish an inaugural Fremantle Footsteps Program that will aim to create self-sufficiency for at least 30 vulnerable Australians by 2022.

Additionally, we aim to positively impact and support over 200 homeless in the Fremantle area through our new and existing Walking & Exercise Groups. Through the delivery of these programs, local volunteers of On My Feet will contribute over 45,000 hours of service. Through the partnerships detailed below, our programs in Fremantle will engage hundreds of local high school students in our service offering and fundraising/awareness initiatives, work with local businesses and individuals to deliver education, self-development and training opportunities, leverage the skills and resources of the University of Notre Dame Australia (UNDA) Health Science & Business schools and create local employment opportunities through new Fremantle focused employment partners.

The grant will allow On My Feet to reach more people in need than we ever have before and create self-sufficiency for more vulnerable Australians. A grant of this amount would be transformational in allowing the organisation to both sustain its current services and increase the capacity and reach of these services to even more areas in need.

Currently, the Walking and Exercise groups are held in Fremantle and Northbridge, and the Footsteps Program is held within the Perth CBD. Most importantly, a $100,000 grant will allow our flagship Footsteps Program to launch within Fremantle itself, where the organisation first began. To support our Footsteps Program, the grant will allow us to expand our reach by establishing an additional Walking Group and launch an Exercise Group in the Fremantle area.

In addition, the grant will also be able to provide:

  • New technology and equipment to provide new opportunities to stay connected and deliver the Footsteps Program
  • On My Feet’s first staff paid staff member, focused on developing income-generating activities to continue the sustainability of the organisation.
  • New equipment for the walking and exercise groups.
  • Equipment and uniforms for volunteers running walking and exercise groups.

Make your donation for 2020

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If you would like to give to Impact100 Fremantle 2019 as part of a group or workplace please contact our Admin & Grants Officer, Brooke Aslett who can assist you to make this easy for each member of your group to donate.

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Freo Fire Fund Update – 31 May 2020

Since the establishment of the Freo Fire Fund in January 2020, in response to the severe bushfires in Australia this year, the Freo Fire Fund community has raised $113,870 (as of 31 May 2020), 

Grants Distributed from Freo Fire Fund

Grant Round 1 – $25,000 – Announced on 5 February 2020

Country Fire Authority – VIC $4,000
Funds will be directed to help fund the work of Brigades in the local community. This includes equipping the brigades with trucks and safety equipment as well as funding community programs and initiatives to prepare the community ahead of the fire season.

Community Foundation for Tumut Region – $9,000
The Community Foundation for the Tumut Region is coordinating a donation appeal for victims directly affected by fires, which have claimed more than 180 homes and tore through more than 300,000 hectares.

Gondwana Link – $3,000
There have been big fires in the Stirling Ranges (including Noongar country) and in the Great Western Woodlands (including Ngadju country) in significant biodiversity hotspots. Gondwana Link can receive funds and direct them to where they are needed locally as efforts are identified after the fires clear. These include supporting Noongar and Ngadju rangers to be involved in post-fire monitoring and cultural burning.

NSW Rural Fire Service $4,000
Grants to the NSW Rural Fire Service (NSW RFS) directly benefit volunteer firefighters and are always gratefully received. These funds directly assist brigades in conducting their community activities.

Wildlife Victoria $5,000
The Victorian Bushfire Appeal of Wildlife Victoria will be distributed to wildlife shelters to help rebuild enclosures and equipment that they have lost in the fires so that they can continue their lifesaving work, and support those that are struggling to cope with the enormous number of animals that will need care in the coming weeks and months.

Grant Round 2 – $50,000 – Announced on 30 March 2020

Australian Wildlife Conservancy – $7,500
Australian Wildlife Conservancy protects endangered wildlife across more than 6.5 million hectares in iconic regions such as the Kimberley, Cape York, Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre, and the Top End. AWC is currently directly important resources to fire-hit areas such as the Blue Mountains and Kangaroo Island to prevent animal extinction.

Border Trust – $10,000
The recent bushfires have taken a lasting toll on the townships, the people and the wildlife that make up the Albury and Wodonga Region. Support for Border Trust will help deliver programs that specifically address the mental health and wellbeing of people in their region. Freo Fire Fund will assist another community to support itself.

Gondwana Link – $15,000
The recent, destructive fires show us that we urgently need to re-imagine the contemporary conventional approach to land management in Australia, including how to work with fire. Aboriginal Australians have managed the land of the Australian continent continuously for more than 65,000 years. A big part of this land-management practice has involved the use of fire.

Gondwana Link will be supported by the Freo Fire Fund to continue their efforts to learn and explore how Aboriginal people made fire their friend, and how this wisdom can help all of us going forward.

Kangaroo Island Community Foundation Establishment – $10,000
When there is a community foundation operating in a disaster area, that foundation can bring local leaders into important immediate efforts and play the long-term rebuilding role. The Freo Fire Fund will help Kangaroo Island to establish a community foundation to assist its recovery effort.

Wildlife Information Rescue and Education Service (WIRES) – $7,500
WIRES provides national emergency relief support for animals affected by fires.
For some surviving animals, unprecedented actions to preserve the future of their species may be required. Due to the horrific fires, drought and extreme weather, surviving animals are also facing ongoing challenges due to lack of food, water, and habitat.

Further Grant Rounds to be announced.

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Important news from our Executive Officer

 

It is with a great deal of gratitude that I share the news that I will be moving on from the Fremantle Foundation.

After 10 years of effort, it’s time to take a break from work, spend time with my family and explore other opportunities. I made these decisions prior to the pandemic.

These are now challenging and uncertain times for everyone, particularly community organisations. The Fremantle Foundation is currently working hard on plans to play our role in the COVID-19 crisis. As with the bushfires over summer, we will be there for the community at this time of great need.

Sue Stepatschuk will fill the role of Acting Executive Officer, supported by Brooke Aslett, Grants and Administration Officer.  I will stay on in a part-time capacity for the next few months in the role of Philanthropy Advisor to assist Sue and Brooke and ensure a smooth handover.

Sue joined the Fremantle Foundation as the Donor Engagement and Operations Manager in late 2019.  She holds formal qualifications including a Bachelor of Business, Grad Cert in Social Impact and Cert IV in Strategic Marketing.   This is complemented with an extensive background in the not-for-profit sector in the areas of mental health, arts and tourism.

Her passion for Western Australia and inspiration to help build stronger communities was born from her experience of growing up in the remote southeast town of Esperance.  Here her family where very active in serving and bettering the local community.  She still maintains deep connections that extend across regional WA and is well placed to guide the Fremantle Foundation into the next stage of its development.

It has been a great privilege to be part of a 10 year effort to help establish the Fremantle Foundation, which now plays an important role in Fremantle, across Perth, and into regional WA.

Through the Fremantle Foundation, we have connected WA with community foundations across Australia and formed international ties that have brought social impact and philanthropic best practice to our state.

I’m proud to be part of a team that has accepted over $4M in donations, granting out over $2M on behalf of donors to the Fremantle and WA communities across a broad range of issues such as Homelessness, Mental Health, the Environment, Young People and First Nations causes.

Importantly, over the last 10 years, the Fremantle Foundation has inspired an endowment of approximately $2M to be managed in perpetuity. This amount will be nurtured and grown further, to address the significant issues facing our society today and in the future.

With over 60 families, individuals and businesses establishing Named Funds with the Fremantle Foundation, our organisation has played a leading role in inspiring philanthropy in and for WA. And with expert advice helped donors amplify their giving.

With a strong board in place and an excellent team, the Fremantle Foundation is well placed to support our community and create positive change in the future.

I would like to thank the Board of directors(past and present), staff, donors, volunteers and broader “Fremantle Foundation family” for your support over the years.

The growth of the Fremantle Foundation is your achievement to celebrate.

All the very best,
Dylan
 

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Better Together 2019 | National Community Foundations Forum

Earlier this month Dylan, Sue and Hannah travelled to Goolwa, South Australia for Australian Community Philanthropy’s National Community Foundation Forum #BetterTogether2019. 

The National Forum is an opportunity to learn, network, partner, build collective voice and impact, and to reconnect with the inspiration and motivation at the heart of community philanthropy. It was wonderful to share with our community foundation colleagues from around Australia, and also explore Ngarrindjeri country with a traditional smoking ceremony and welcome to country from Uncle Moogy Sumner and a boat trip to the Murray Mouth.

We’ve come back inspired and ready to implement new ideas about community philanthropy into our work at the Fremantle Foundation!

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Welcome Sue | Donor Engagement & Operations Manager

Sue joined the  Fremantle Foundation as the Donor Engagement and Operations Manager in late September this year.  She holds formal qualifications including a Bachelor of Business, Grad Cert in Social Impact and Cert IV in Strategic Marketing.   This is complemented with an extensive background in the arts, tourism and the not-for-profit sector in marketing, stakeholder engagement and business development.

Most recently, she has been working as a Development Manager for Barking Gecko Theatre, a professional theatre company and resident company of the State Theatre Centre of WA.  Sue is sixth-generation Australian with her family settling on the east coast before moving to Western Australia in the ’50s.  She was born and raised in the remote southeast town of Esperance where she still maintains deep connections that extend across regional WA.   

“I feel like I have landed in the right organisation, with the right people!  I am delighted to be working with Dylan and the team at Fremantle Foundation where I can combine all of my skills and experience to make a meaningful contribution to the WA community.  I have loved meeting our donors, partners and supporters and I am very excited about the opportunities that lie ahead for the Fremantle Foundation”.

Sue works part-time whilst juggling a busy household with her husband, two teenage children and a dog. 

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Grant Story | Earbus Foundation to make an impact in Fremantle

Earlier this month 180+ donors and community members gathered in the Old Boys School Fremantle to hear 4x incredible pitches from our Impact100 Fremantle finalists.

This year Australian Dental Health Foundation, Earbus Foundation, Fremantle Mind Inc. and Walyalup Kannajil Community Choir raised the bar with their pitches in an effort to win the game-changing $100,000 grant.

Earbus Foundation were the chosen recipients of the major $100,000 grant which will help them customise an Earbus and put a team on the road to provide vital ear health services to the children in the greater Fremantle region. 

Thanks to the generosity of our Impact100 Fremantle donors we raised a total of $115,000 allowing our three deserving finalists Australian Dental Health FoundationFremantle Mind Inc. and Walyalup Kannajil Community Choir to each receive a $5,000 grant.


Funding will help Earbus Foundation customise a fit-out of a vehicle to be used as a mobile children’s hearing clinic and employ clinicians. The mobile clinic will visit sites in the greater Fremantle region, to screen children’s ears and identify those who need treatment and further referral to the locally based ENT clinic. The key objectives are the reduction in middle ear disease and high attendance rates.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) specifies that rates of chronic Otitis Media (OM) above 4% in children constitutes a “massive public health problem” requiring urgent attention. Australia is the only western country with documented chronic suppurative OM rates above 6%. Healthy ears are the key to children’s learning at school. Children who can’t hear, can’t learn. 

Hearing early, when it counts most, lets children learn and hopefully navigate a career path towards a successful life.”

Paul Higginbotham, CEO of Earbus Foundation

Impact100 Fremantle is only possible thanks to the generosity of our 2019 donors. Thank you to everyone who contributed to Impact100 Fremantle 2019.

Donations are now open for 2020. Become an Impact100 Fremantle member and Donate Now.

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Donor Story: Newborn Mothers Fund

The Newborn Mother Fund was established by local entrepreneur Julia Jones.

Julia Jones is a doula, author, entrepreneur and philanthropist. She has trained hundreds of postpartum professionals around the world through her Australian College of Midwives recognised online course Newborn Mothers Collective. She is also the author of Newborn Mothers: When a Baby is Born, so is a Mother and Nourishing Newborn Mothers – Ayurvedic Recipes to Heal Your Mind, Body and Soul after Childbirth.

Giving has always been central to Julia’s business model. Every week Julia sets aside 4% of her revenue into an account for her giving, and once a quarter those funds are donated into the Newborn Mothers Fund, managed by the Fremantle Foundation.

"In the long run this means my giving is much more sustainable and strategic, and I will be able to keep granting money in the future regardless of how my business is going. I could actually stop working altogether and still have money to grant every year, and if I grant less out now then my funds will grow through compound interest so in the long run I’ll be able to grant more".

Julia Jones, Newborn Mothers Fund

The Newborn Mothers Fund exists to support women and girls, and the environment.

This year, after some strategic granting discussions with staff at the Fremantle Foundation, the Newborn Mothers Fund has chosen to support Marie Stopes International Australia (MSIA). MSIA supports vulnerable women and girls in Timor-Leste, Papua New Guinea and Cambodia get the sexual and reproductive services they want and deserve.

"As a mother - and having experienced an unplanned pregnancy myself - I know the impact that babies have on women’s lives in a multitude of ways! Having a baby is not an easy undertaking and I was in the fortunate financial, health and social position to be able to keep my baby, but many women around the world are not so lucky. There are 214 million women in developing regions who currently do not want to become pregnant but do not have access to any family planning services".

Julia Jones, Newborn Mothers Fund


Family planning and education for women and girls are also key to addressing climate change and global warming, according to Draw Down – The Most Comprehensive Plan Ever Proposed to Reverse Global Warming. Sexual and reproductive health offers a practical solution to climate challenges, mitigating and preventing a variety of consequences resulting from extreme weather events and natural disasters, unsustainable population growth and rising sea levels including:

  • Poverty reduction and strengthening economies
  • Sustainable population growth
  • Women’s participation and leadership

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Earbus Foundation to make an impact in Fremantle

Last Thursday night 180+ donors and community members gathered in the Old Boys School Fremantle to hear 4x incredible pitches from our Impact100 Fremantle finalists.

This year Australian Dental Health Foundation, Earbus Foundation, Fremantle Mind Inc. and Walyalup Kannajil Community Choir raised the bar with their pitches in an effort to win the game-changing $100,000 grant.


Earbus Foundation were the recipients of the major $100,000 grant which will help them customise an Earbus and put a team on the road to provide vital ear health services to the children in the greater Fremantle region.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) specifies that rates of chronic Otitis Media (OM) above 4% in children constitutes a “massive public health problem” requiring urgent attention. Australia is the only western country with documented chronic suppurative OM rates above 6%.

Healthy ears are the key to children’s learning at school. Children who can’t hear, can’t learn. Within Perth, there are thousands of children (Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal) with recurrent middle ear infections, which has a negative impact on hearing, speech development and educational outcomes.

Funding will be used to customise a fit-out of a vehicle to be used as a mobile children’s hearing clinic and employ clinicians. The mobile clinic will visit sites in the greater Fremantle region, to screen children’s ears and identify those who need treatment and further referral to the locally based ENT clinic. The key objectives are the reduction in middle ear disease and high attendance rates.

Thanks to the generosity of our Impact100 Fremantle donors we raised a total of $115,000 allowing our three deserving finalists Australian Dental Health Foundation, Fremantle Mind Inc. and Walyalup Kannajil Community Choir to each receive a $5,000 grant.

Thank you to our Donors

Impact100 Fremantle is only possible thanks to the generosity of our donors. Thank you to everyone who contributed to Impact100 Fremantle 2019.


Donations are now open for 2020

Donations are now open for Impact100 Fremantle 2020.

Give $1,000 and make a $100,000 difference in your community.

Be part of the Impact100 Fremantle donor community in 2020.

You can choose to:

  • Donate $1,000 upfront
  • Or choose to give $100 a month for the next 10 months

DONATE NOW

If you would like to PLEDGE NOW for Impact100 Fremantle and PAY LATER please complete the attached Pledge Form and return it to brooke@fremantlefoundation.org.au. Your pledge helps us keep track of our fundraising target.

 

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Invitation to nominate – Fremantle Foundation Board

About Fremantle Foundation


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Fremantle Foundation is Australia’s fastest-growing Community Foundation. It creates a thriving community of philanthropic giving in Fremantle and has grown to support organisations throughout WA and across Australia.

It currently has $2M funds under management and is seeking to increase its impact and donor base and grow to $5M in funds under management while maintaining and growing its social impact. This will help create a culture of giving in Western Australia and ensure the Foundation’s long term sustainability.

Key to this is a highly skilled and networked board which can drive the strategy and donor engagement and work closely with the EO.  In return, participation in the Fremantle Foundation Board allows you to be at the forefront of social change and impact within the WA community, using the power of the Community Foundation model to help build a legacy of positive social impact for generations.

Fremantle Foundation Board

Fremantle Foundation is governed by a volunteer board of up to ten directors; service on the Board is honorary and not remunerated.

The Board is responsible for the governance of the Foundation, ensuring its sustainability, compliance and strategic development. Specifically, the Board:

  • Sets strategic direction for the Foundation
  • Actively supports donor engagement
  • Ensures the Foundation complies with its statutory obligations
  • Ensures financial viability
  • Approves the annual budget and business plan
  • Provides oversight and guidance for Fremantle Foundation operations, ensuring appropriate policies and delegations frameworks are in place to monitor, mitigate and manage risks
  • Is responsible for the appointment, performance assessment and dismissal of the Executive Officer.

The Board currently meets eight times per year for two hours at the end of a working day. In addition, the board oversees a number of subgroups including the Impact 100 Fremantle sub-committee, the Fremantle Foundation Ball committee, the Donor Engagement Network, the Professional Advisors Network and the End Homelessness WA Foundation.

Once a year, the Board aims to meet for a day in a central location for an extended planning session.

 Fremantle Foundation Board Vacancies

The Constitution provides that up to ten directors can be appointed to the Board. The Board currently has five directors, leaving up to five vacancies.

Priority areas

To complement the strengths and capabilities and ensure good succession planning for current Directors, the Board is giving priority to the following skills, experience and qualifications in the 2019 recruitment round:

  • Donor engagement including significant experience and relationships with stakeholders in business, with high net worth individuals and other potential donors
  • Financial experience
  • Strategic capability and leadership
  • Governance, legal and regulatory knowledge and experience

The Fremantle Foundation Board should reflect the diversity that is Western Australia and encourages applicants who bring diversity to the Board.

 Application process

Nominees are asked to provide a short professional CV, and a cover letter outlining why they are interested in joining the Fremantle Foundation Board and how they match the current key priorities for recruitment.

Nominations close at COB on Wednesday 6 November.

The Board will shortlist and interview nominees.

Expectations of Directors

Board members are expected to be familiar with and meet the general requirements of a company director set out by the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profit Commission (ACNC). At a minimum, Directors need to meet the requirements for a Responsible Person [ACNC Governance Standard 4] and not be disqualified as a Director under the Corporations Act; and commit to carrying out their duties in line with ACNC Governance Standard 5, which includes:

  • acting with reasonable care and diligence
  • acting honestly and fairly in the best interests of the charity and for its charitable purposes
  • not misusing their position or information gained as a responsible person
  • disclosing actual or potential conflicts of interest
  • ensuring that the financial affairs of the charity are managed responsibly, and
  • not allowing the charity to operate while it is insolvent.

Fremantle Foundation specific expectations of board members include:

  • be fully prepared for, attend and constructively contribute to regular board meeting including occasional planning sessions
  • participate in sub-committees / working groups as required
  • take on a portfolio role as and when required
  • attend Fremantle Foundation events whenever possible
  • deal with “out of session” issues, by email or teleconference
  • represent Fremantle Foundation to the broader community

To Apply

To express your interest in joining the Board of Fremantle Foundation you need to send a CV and cover letter in PDF format by COB on Wednesday 6 November to Brooke, brooke@fremantlefoundation.org.au.

Contact for further information

Carrie Clark

Interim Chair

Fremantle Foundation

M: 0408 345 930

E: carrie.clark@health.wa.gov.au

 

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Impact100 Fremantle Site Visits & Grant Assessment Meeting

We are now up to the important Site Visit stage and final Grant Assessment Meeting of Impact100 Fremantle for 2019.

This is an opportunity for Impact100 Fremantle donors to “get outside of your every day” and take a firsthand look at our shortlisted applicants.

You will learn more about our community, meet the amazing people behind these projects and have the opportunity to ask questions about their applications.

In order to attend the Site Visits and the Grant Assessment Meeting, you need to have either pledged your support or paid your donation to Impact100 Fremantle for 2019.

We’d love to see you there. If you are able to come to all or any of the Site Visits please RSVP by clicking on the links below.

 

Site Visit #1 – Australian Dental Health Foundation

The Australian Dental Health Foundation (ADHF) coordinates the delivery of pro bono dental treatment to socially disadvantaged members of the community

ADHF operates a full-service dental health clinic in Fremantle for people experiencing homelessness. 

6.00PM – 7.00PM, Tuesday 30th July 2019

St Patrick’s Community Support Centre, 12 Queen Victoria Street, Fremantle WA 6160

Click below to RSVP to Australian Dental Health Foundation’s Site Visit

RSVP to Site Visit #1

 

 

Site Visit #2 – Earbus Foundation

Earbus Foundation is a WA-based children’s charity that works to reduce the incidence of middle ear disease in Aboriginal and at-risk children in our state.

The Impact100 Fremantle grant will allow Earbus Foundation to deliver ear health screening, surveillance and treatment pathways for Aboriginal and at educational risk children in the Cities of Fremantle, East Fremantle, Cockburn and Melville. 

4.00PM – 5.00PM, Friday 2nd August 2019

Fremantle Foundation Office, 92 Adelaide Street, Fremantle WA 6160

Click below to RSVP to Earbus Foundation’s Site Visit

RSVP to Site Visit #2

 

Site Visit #3 – Inclusion Solutions

Inclusion Solutions work to facilitate, educate and influence individuals, organisations and communities on the benefits of social inclusion. They develop programs that connect peoples at risk of social exclusion and isolation with their own communities.

The WayFairer Project is an initiative that will impact on the health and wellbeing of our community by revolutionising how communities view and place value on older/mature age adults.

10.00AM – 11.00AM, Tuesday 6th August 2019

Fremantle Foundation Office, 92 Adelaide Street, Fremantle WA 6160

Click below to RSVP to Inclusion Solution’s Site Visit

RSVP to Site Visit #3

 

Site Visit #4 – Spare Parts Puppet Theatre

Spare Parts Puppet Theatre is Australia’s flagship puppetry company dedicated to the development and creation of the art form.

Spare Parts Puppet Theatre turns 40 in 2021 and are applying to the Impact100 Fremantle to support greater access and enjoyment of Puppetry over the next three years for all with a focus on young people and their families.

4.00PM – 5.00PM, Thursday 8th August 2019

1 Short St, Fremantle, WA 6160

Click below to RSVP to Spare Parts Puppet Theatre’s Site Visit

RSVP to Site Visit #4

 

Site Visit #5 – Walyalup Kannajil

Walyalup Kannajil Community Choir is an inclusive community singing group based in Fremantle with a central focus on learning about local Whadjuck Noongar culture, history and language through song.

Facilitated by talented singer/song-writer Kobi Morrison (2018 NAIDOC Youth of the Year) from Aboriginal-led choir Madjitil Moorna – and joined regularly by special guest Aboriginal musicians and Elders – participants learn a range of songs about Aboriginal culture & history, sung in Noongar language & English – compositions written by Aboriginal musicians.

5.30PM – 6.30PM, Wednesday 14th August 2019

The Meeting Place Community Centre, 245 South Terrace, South Fremantle WA 6162

Click below to RSVP to Walyalup Kannajils’s Site Visit

RSVP to Site Visit #5

Donors are invited to stay for the Walyalup Kannajil Community Choir rehearsal immediately following the Site Visit 6.30PM – 8.30PM.

 

Site Visit #6 – Fremantle Mind Inc.

FremantleMind Inc. is unique because it gives everyone living in Greater Fremantle (both those with and without mental illness) the opportunity to access free evidence-based community mental health and wellbeing services delivered by registered mental health providers.

Their goal is to improve the mental health, wellbeing, and resilience of the Greater Fremantle community. 

8.00AM – 9.00AM, Tuesday 20th August 2019

3 Beach Street, Fremantle WA 6160

Click below to RSVP to Fremantle Mind Inc.’s Site Visit

RSVP to Site Visit #6

 

Site Visit #7 – St Patrick’s Community Support Centre

For more than 40 years, St Patrick’s has worked to provide immediate and holistic care for the homeless, those at risk of being homeless and the disadvantaged in Fremantle and the wider south west metropolitan area of Perth.

In 2020, to address the need for affordable homes, St Pats wants to build some tiny houses – compact homes on wheels that are suitable for singles, couples or small families. 

4.30PM – 5.30PM, Thursday 22nd August 2019

St Patrick’s Community Support Centre, 12 Queen Victoria Street, Fremantle WA 6160

Click below to RSVP to St Patrick’s Community Support Centre’s Site Visit

RSVP to Site Vist #7

 

Site Visit #8 – Black Swan Health

Established in 2014 as an independent not-for-profit company, with a mission to deliver health, mental health and disability services that achieve the best possible health and wellbeing outcomes for the community and for individuals who require care and support.

Black Swan Health delivers 19 tailored health, mental health, disability and wellbeing programs and services, including the iconic Freo Street Doctor.

6.00PM – 7.00PM, Tuesday 27th August 2019

Fremantle Location TBA

Click below to RSVP to Black Swan Health’s Site Visit

RSVP to Site Visit #8

 

Impact100 Fremantle Grant Assessment Meeting #2

Join us at the Grant Assessment Meeting to help narrow down the shortlisted 8x organisations to our Final 4 who will continue on to the Voting and Awards Night to pitch to donors for the major grant of $100,000.

When: 6.00PM – 8.30PM, Thursday 29th August 2019

Where: Fremantle Foundation Office, 92 Adelaide Street Fremantle WA 6160

Click Below to RSVP to the Grant Assessment Meeting #2

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Make your donation for 2019

Become an Impact100 Fremantle member and Donate Now.

Did you know you can now make 10x monthly instalments of $100 donations or choose to donate $1,000 in one go?

Donate Now

Alternatively, you can pledge your support to Impact100 Fremantle now and pay at a later date. Pledging to Impact100 Fremantle 2019 now helps us calculate our donations total and know how far we are from reaching our granting total.

If you would like to PLEDGE NOW for Impact100 Fremantle and PAY LATER please click on the button here.

Pledge Now, Pay Later

If you would like to give to Impact100 Fremantle 2019 as part of a group or workplace please contact our Social Impact Manager, Hannah Fitch-Rabbitt, who can assist you to make this easy for each member of your group to donate.

 

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