Attendees at Woor-Dungin’s Income Generation and Resources Group workshop, 4 October 2017

Woor-Dungin’s latest Income Generation and Resources Group (IGRG) workshop was held on 4 October.

IGRG workshops are held quarterly and provide an opportunity for our Aboriginal community-controlled partner organisations to meet philanthropic grantmakers, pro bono service providers and student-placement supervisors.

Presenting at the latest workshop was Hayley Gallery, Charity Partner Manager at GoodCompany.

GoodCompany is a workplace-giving, charity-donation and skilled-volunteer platform founded in 1999.

Woor-Dungin’s partners consistently report finding IGRG workshops helpful and informative, and often follow up sessions with funding applications – sometimes with success.

Willum Warrain, for instance, applied for and received funding from CAGES Foundation for their Welcome Baby to Country initiative and for their bush playgroup, following EO Rachel Kerry’s presentation in April 2017. They also received funding from Victorian Women’s Benevolent Trust’s Chris Friday Sub-Fund to help Aboriginal women fleeing domestic violence with rental bonds, following General Manager Carolyn Munckton’s presentation, also in April.

Tanderrum 2017. Photo courtesy of Sunarazzi Photography

The IGRG workshop was followed by a meeting with members of Towards a Just Society Fund, a sub-fund of Australian Communities Foundation, members of Fellowship for Indigenous Leadership (FIL) and members of Woor-Dungin’s partner organisations. The Towards a Just Society Fund is exploring ways of establishing an Aboriginal advisory committee to help inform its fund disbursement decisions.

The day was capped off with a visit by members of Woor-Dungin, our partner organisations and FIL to Federation Square to witness Tanderrum, a coming together of the five clans of the Central Kulin Nation co-presented by Woor-Dungin alumnus partner ILBIJERRI Theatre CompanyTanderrum opens the Melbourne Festival each year and has quickly become an essential part of it.

Woor-Dungin’s latest Income Generation and Resources Group workshop was held on 13 July.

The session, generously hosted by Ashurst in Melbourne, brought together Woor-Dungin staff and volunteers, representatives from each of Woor-Dungin’s six Aboriginal community-controlled partner organisations, and guest speakers from philanthropy.

Income Generation and Resources Group workshops are held quarterly and provide an opportunity for our partner organisations to establish or consolidate respectful and effective relationships with philanthropic grant-makers, pro bono service providers and student-placement supervisors.

At the same time the sessions provide philanthropics and pro bonos an opportunity to promote their organisations in a respectful and effective way to Aboriginal community-controlled organisations.

Fostering respectful relationships among Aboriginal community-controlled organisations, philanthropic funders and pro bono service providers is one of Woor-Dungin’s key programmatic areas and, more fundamentally, one of the cornerstones of our organisation.

Presenting at the workshop were Anita Hopkins, Executive Officer of The Jack Brockhoff Foundation, Kirsty Allen, Program Manager at Sidney Myer Fund & The Myer Foundation, John Spierings, Executive Officer of Reichstein Foundation, and committee members from the Towards a Just Society Fund, a sub-fund of Australian Communities Foundation.

Also presenting were Peng Seong Ng, a student on placement at Woor-Dungin, and Paul O’Shea, Woor-Dungin’s Respectful Relationships Working Group convenor, who together presented Peng Seong’s research on pro bono service providers.

Woor-Dungin established the Income Generation and Resource Group program in direct response to our partner organisations’ requests for support in sourcing philanthropic funding. Previous presenters have included Shane Austin from RACV Community Foundation, Rachel Kerry from CAGES Foundation and Carolyn Munckton from Victorian Women’s Benevolent Trust.

The next Income Generation and Resources Group session will be held in October.

Read more about the Respectful Relationships program and the Aboriginal Partnership Program.