Peter Aldenhoven appointed Aboriginal Community Led Philanthropic Fund Coordinator

Peter Aldenhoven. Photo courtesy International Funders for Indigenous Peoples

Woor-Dungin is very pleased to announce the appointment of Peter Aldenhoven as Aboriginal Community Led Philanthropic Fund Coordinator.

Peter is a descendant of the peoples of Quandamooka – more particularly, the Nughi clan from Moorgumpin (Moreton Island, Queensland). He is a Woor-Dungin member and president of Willum Warrain Aboriginal Association.

The appointment of the Coordinator is the latest step in a process initiated by the Towards a Just Society Fund (TJSF), and supported by Woor-Dungin and Fellowship for Indigenous Leadership (FIL), aimed ultimately at the transfer of the management of TJSF’s philanthropic funds to an Aboriginal community-led entity.

All three organisations considered that the Aboriginal organisations and individuals associated with them – some 30 in total – would serve as an appropriate network in which to begin a discussion around the initiative.

A forum was held on 4 October 2017 in which members of the network indicated support for the progression of the initiative and identified an Interim Working Group.

On 18 December 2017 the Interim Working Group met and identified the need for an Aboriginal Coordinator to conduct consultations with members of the network and prepare material for a follow-up forum.

Progression of the initiative will continue across 2018.

It is to be hoped that the Aboriginal Community Led Philanthropic Fund initiative will serve as a model for other philanthropic organisations and individuals working in the Indigenous philanthropic space who wish to transfer the management of some or all of their funds to Aboriginal community control.