Who We Are
Woor-Dungin is a not-for-profit organisation walking alongside Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples toward self-determination.
We get our mob the support they need, including funding from philanthropy and services from our pro
bono partners. We unite people to achieve more than they could on their own.
Woor-Dungin was set up because Victorian Aboriginal organisations have often had difficulty obtaining resources for important projects in their communities.
We have a unique model. We ask our Aboriginal partners what they need and then work with them to find resources.
We facilitate culturally respectful relationships with donors and pro bono supporters and encourage the development of contacts and skills.
As a result of our work, our partners have accessed new funding, communities have made great progress, and even laws changed (the Victorian Spent Convictions Scheme).
We are honest in our approach
and encourage truth telling. The self-determined needs of community are at the centre of everything we do.
We form strong relationships
based on trust. We listen to community, involve our members in decision-making, and deliver on our promises.
We value each other's unique qualities and actively seek different perspectives. We pay our deepest respects to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and Elders, past and present.
Beginning in 2004 as a capacity building training program for Aboriginal organisations to learn how to access philanthropic support, Woor-Dungin has grown into a living model for successful partnerships between Aboriginal organisations, philanthropic and pro-bono partners and a large number of skilled volunteers, several of whom are retirees, who make up the majority of the Woor-Dungin staff team.
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WHAT WE DO
Woor-Dungin means ‘share’.
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 takes a community-development approach to create bridges between Aboriginal community-controlled organisations and philanthropy, building partnerships for change based on strong and trusting relationships and shared learning.
Read how we approach things differently:
Convenor, Respectful Relationships Working Group
“Woor-Dungin is all about developing relationships – both deep and respectful relationships with our partners, and between those partner organisations and others who can provide pro bono or monetary support. I am committed to supporting the continual development of truly respectful two-way relationships, and I’m strongly encouraged by the amount of goodwill there is within the leadership of some of our key partner organisations – pro bono, philanthropic and Aboriginal organisations – to make that a reality.”