Woor-dungin means ‘share’ in the language of the Gunnai people of south-eastern Victoria, and sharing is the philosophy underpinning the Woor-Dungin model.
Woor-Dungin is a living model for successful partnerships between Aboriginal community-controlled organisations and philanthropic and pro bono partners. Our team of skilled staff and volunteers underpin our work with their expertise, insight and commitment.
Our Vision is for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and their rich culture to be acknowledged, valued and embraced by Australian Society.
Our Mission is to increase resources, build strong partnerships and share knowledge to fulfil the purpose of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations.
Our Principles are:
- Self-determination: Aboriginal organisations will determine their own future.
- Community development: We work to empower the Aboriginal community-controlled organisations we partner with. Rather than do things for them, such as write their grant applications, we provide our Aboriginal partner organisations with training, assist them with project development, give feedback and advice, provide information on sourcing funding, facilitate introductions to potential funders, help with acquitting and documenting impact, and provide ongoing support.
- Reconciliation: Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people work together to enable Woor-Dungin to realise our shared mission.
- Advocacy: We tackle structural issues on a systemic level. Our direct work with Aboriginal organisations informs our advocacy and policy development.