Welcome. news Number 1, Summer 2006 In this edition: Welcome to the first newsletter for Grants We Made the Sydney Community Foundation. New Additions to the Foundation We have come a long way from Profile of a Donor when we first started thinking about the concept of a community What Is The Role of Philanthropy In foundation for Sydney, some two Democracy? – Public Lecture and a half years ago. Future Grant Making Focus This year has seen several important milestones in Events our growth, with some significant projects being completed, new ones undertaken and a variety of changes within the organisation itself. The Board and Management wish The challenges facing our communities today are everyone greetings of the season and a enormous. Resources we once depended on have been dramatically reduced or have disappeared. happy and joyous New Year! Social problems are complex and progress in addressing these issues is slow. The role of government continues to change and there is a need for local leadership. Our communities need fresh thinking, full participation from all parts of the community, and new partnerships. This means looking at a community – even a See you in 2006!! seemingly distressed one – not as a place that needs services to fix all its problems, but as a place activity of a community foundation. When effective with many skills, talents and other assets that can and imaginative grant making is practiced, we have be nurtured and mobilised. We are delighted to the potential to impact our community in profound report that SCF has helped develop local ways – building its capacity, creating learning leadership, in partnership with other organisations, opportunities, leveraging resources and enabling to make a positive impact in the Sydney community. important, sometimes ground-breaking, work. Over the year we managed to raise donations from In this edition of our newsletter, we outline our grant a wide variety of sources, as well as distribute making activities to give you a greater grants to a number of innovative projects, enabling understanding of where your donations are helping. us to build on our core goal to “generate and We also welcome enquiries to get involved, and distribute philanthropic funds on behalf of give a profile of some of the new members of our individuals, families, companies and other team as well as a donor who has helped us a great charitable trusts to meet the needs of their deal. Information is also given on events and the community.” future focus of the foundation. To our contributors we would like to thank you for We wish you and your loved ones a happy your continued support and ongoing commitment Christmas, and all the very best as we move into throughout 2005; we look forward to continuing in 2006. 2006. Heather Kent Grant making is the most visible and important Executive Director – Marketing & Communications Want to know more? Sydney Community Foundation ABN 51 104 436 955 Call us on (02) 9420 0035 SCF Tax Deductible Fund or email: email@example.com ABN 77 528 860 176 or visit www.sydneycommunityfoundation.org.au 31A Johnston Crescent Lane Cove NSW 2066 sydney community foundation news number 1, summer 2006 grants we made Grandparents as Carers There are over 40,000 families in Australia, where the sole care of the children is provided by the grandparents. This may be due to the parents being absent due to mental illness, imprisonment, or poor health. If the children come from a disadvantaged family, it is highly likely that the grandparents are in the same situation. They may be struggling on the pension, ill health, renting a small unit, as well as now having to deal with demanding grandchildren. At this point in time, there is no support for grandparents as sole carers. ‘Grandparents as Carers’ seeks to support this group of people, by providing information on how to access financial, educational, legal and health services. Midnight Basketball Australia A basketball project aimed at reducing crime and finding positive outcomes for vulnerable youth. It targets disadvantaged kids aged 10-22 in high crime areas, providing them with the opportunity of playing basketball during the hours of 9pm- 1am, on Fridays and Saturdays. Each night, before the participants can play a game, the kids must attend a workshop run by community workers, focusing on such issues as ‘Money Management’, ‘Health’, ‘Job Employment’. The slogan “No Workshop, No Jumpshot”, is enforced. Results in the US and UK have proven a 60-70% reduction in crime in certain areas the number of murders dropped to the lowest level in 27 years, from 160 to 74 murders, since the Midnight Basketball program was introduced. Young, Black and Deadly Aimed at helping young indigenous people develop skills through arts and music – the main objective being to help young indigenous people overcome low self- esteem. Workshops were facilitated at PCYC venues, by leading indigenous performers, culminating in a public performance at the Enmore Theatre. One of the facilitators is an indigenous rap group called Local Knowledge, who use rap to focus on issues such as alcohol and substance abuse, and road safety. To rap you need to be able to write. These workshops were used to reinforce the importance of finishing school and of being respectful. None of the boys aged 14 to 18 were attending school. They are now attending TAFE to improve their literacy and numeracy skills after attending this program. Casey Donovan began her musical career with the 2003 Young, Black and Deadly program, going on to win the 2004 Australian Idol title. GreenHome This project promotes sustainable lifestyles in Sydney in conjunction with the Australian Conservation Foundation. Targeted at householders, it teaches them to become more environmentally aware in their homes and every day lives. In the recent pilot, participants made changes ranging from installing rainwater tanks to using their cars less often. In a series of workshops, 180 participants focused on areas such as saving water, greenhouse effect, the importance of growing native gardens, and the effect of waste products on our environment. SCF provided seed funding for the pilot run in Bankstown – it was so successful the State government have funded it for the next 3 years with a grant of $1 million, and it will be rolled out across NSW. Together, the householders achieved savings of: 12.75 million litres of water a year (or 12.75 Olympic swimming pools) Saved 650 tonnes of greenhouse pollution a year Achieved 30% reduction in landfill waste Page 2 of 4. sydney community foundation news number 1, summer 2006 New Additions to the Foundation Expansion of Board and Management Our Founding Board Members include: Graham Bradley - Chairman Bill Downing – Director Wendy McCarthy AO - Deputy Chair Lynette Thorstensen – Director Chris Breach – Director Patron – Her Excellency Professor Marie Bashir AC, Governor of New South Wales Over the last 12 months, SCF has continued to Neville Roach AO – recently retired as the expand the diversity of its Board. We have also Chairman of Fujitsu Australia, expanded the Management team, from founding Neville is a director on several Executive Director, Heather Kent, to appoint Ingrid Boards, a number of which he Aitken, as the Foundation’s new Chief Executive Chairs. In 2000, he was Officer. appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia for service to Ingrid Aitken – Chief Executive Officer – Ingrid business, particularly in the joined the Foundation in June Information Technology Industry and for his 2004 as a part-time volunteer to contribution to the development of Australian work on selected projects. Ingrid Multiculturalism. In 2001, he was awarded the has a background in investment degree of Doctor of Science, Honoris Causa, by banking, strategic consulting and UNSW for his eminent service to the community. over the last ten years in the not for profit sector. This has included working with the Alex Smith AM – is Deputy Director General of YWCA in the U.S. and seven years as a director of the NSW Premier’s Department, UNICEF Australia. and is the Premier’s appointment to the board. He has over 20 New board members are: years experience in senior executive government positions. Marcelle Hoff – is a Councillor with the City of Sydney. She has a background in psychology and education and is a Bruce Christie – a Certified Financial Planner trained counsellor. Dedicated to with Centric Wealth Advisory, making a difference in her Bruce Christie has eighteen years community, Marcelle has worked experience assisting individuals extensively with young people; she and families. During this time has cared for adolescents as a Bruce also provided financial professional foster parent and is an advocate for advice for a major Australian the protection of public lands. She is also charity for ten years. Bruce is a committed to community participation in director of Sami Pty Ltd and a member of Rotary. government. How does SCF identify and decide Want to make a contribution to Sydney on the projects that we grant to? Community Foundation? We can help structure your own special giving Within the Foundation's and our donors' focus program. You can make a once off donation and areas we identify areas of need through support the Foundation’s identified areas of research, community consultation and by need; or establish a philanthropic sub-fund to working in partnership with donors, other create your own legacy and thereby making a charitable organisations and community lasting impact on the city you love. Either way, it connected specialists. Funding is then directed can be done with just one phone call. to those projects which best meet those needs. What will your legacy be? Want to know more? Call us on (02) 9420 0035 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.sydneycommunityfoundation.org.au Page 3 of 4. sydney community foundation news number 1, summer 2006 Profile of a Donor Future Grant Making Focus Many people choose Sydney Community Foundation as What are our priorities? their preferred vehicle for charitable giving. Based on community consultation, the Here Gabrielle Kay interviews one of our donors. Foundation’s current funding priorities are: The Jack Dunlop Sub-Fund Youth at risk – early intervention programs Young families – social issues facing families The Jack Dunlop Sub-Fund was established to support worthwhile projects that contribute to providing services in need to the Ageing. The aged – connecting older people to the community “We live in the world's best city, yet we are leaving people behind.” Whist these are our main areas of focus, we are also involved with local indigenous and David Hardie, SCF donor, was environmental sustainability projects. driven by this realisation when doing the Sydney Leadership course and the knowledge he gained that he could make a difference. Events David feels we are becoming a Public Lecture by Peter Goldmark more individualistic city with less community focus, and he worries Recently, SCF sponsored a Public Lecture, presented by about those not sharing in the visiting environmental American specialist, Peter world's best city. Goldmark. He discussed the role of philanthropy in a democracy and in our community, in particular focusing David met Heather Kent, Executive Director of Sydney on environmental issues, and community and social Community Foundation, whilst doing the Sydney equity. Peter emphasised the fact that we have to hang Leadership course. Together with Heather they talked on to the achievements and the strengths we have about their journeys. David says he makes his decisions worked so hard to achieve as citizens of our world, but based on people, and the trust he feels. “I knew I wanted we have to moderate sharply the destruction and over- to work with the community foundation model.” exploitation we have caused over the last half century. Democracy allows us, as philanthropists, to use our Partnering with SCF resources. Australia has all the gifts and the traditions of David and Heather talked about issues he felt strongly a strong society with great inner strength, resilience, and about. They identified areas of interest – aged care. They resourcefulness. We can use our resources and wit to had discussions about projects and about David's role. address the defining challenges of our moment in history. Heather and David met with Neil Turner, CEO of Council Community Forums on the Ageing. Neil spoke about a project supporting grandparents as carers. “That's my story” said David, “I The Foundation will be running forums, donor information was raised by my grandparents. They were an important sessions, public meetings and site visits to support influence on my life.” donors who wish to be actively involved in giving, on an ongoing basis. This enables donors to deepen their SCF is a partner in philanthropy knowledge, connect with like-minded people, and develop specific interests around the needs and David says that “Due to SCF, I feel I have been able to opportunities of the community. We will be running some make a real difference in an area that is very important to specific community-oriented seminars in the areas of me. I wouldn't have been able to make the connections youth at risk and the ageing, in the near future. and wouldn't have made contact with Council on the Ageing, without SCF. Heather knew my story, this made Building Our Knowledge a huge difference. She opened the doors; it wouldn't have happened if she hadn't done this. I wouldn't know In order to build a healthy community there needs to be a how to set up a fund and I didn't want to set up a knowledge base about that community. By researching foundation. The logistics! I am just not interested in that.” and evaluating Sydney as a place to live, learn, work and grow, we can learn about the health and social indicators “With Sydney Community Foundation I know my fund is of Sydney. This provides information that measures the well managed from a governance perspective. I know I health of our city, identifies significant trends, and gives don't have to worry about this.” shares David. us a report card in key areas that are critical to Sydney’s quality of life, such as - income, education, housing, Why donate to SCF? transportation, health and safety. This will provide For David, it is the long term focus – he liked the idea of insights that inform the Foundation’s grant making putting into something that builds beyond his lifetime, activities, and help SCF to support our donors to which will continue for ever, even if he is not around. understand community needs. David named his fund The Jack Dunlop Sub-Fund after his two year old nephew. For David, this is a connection that he and his nephew will always have. It is one small step, in building community in his family David is also building community within Sydney. Page 4 of 4.