Investing In Our Future

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Day 1

Sunday 23 October

12pmvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvRegistration opens

2pm vvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvivForum opens

vvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvWelcome to Country

vvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvWelcome to Geelong

vvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvWelcome to the National Community Foundations Forum 2022

2:30pmvvvvvvvvvvvvvvviOpening plenary: Reconnecting

vvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvviIt’s been three years since we last met in person. Some of us have been through fires and floods, all of us are dealing with local fallout of an ongoing global vvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvipandemic, and everyone has had too many hours of trying to stay connected online. What have we learned? What have we missed? What are we looking forward vvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvito? What are we determined to change for the better in our communities?

vvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvviPractitioners from the Community Foundations network will share their reflections on the good, the bad, and the unexpected from the last three years, and vvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvitheir vision for what lies ahead in the place they call home.


3:45pmvvvvvvvvvivvviiviiThe role of community foundations in doubling giving in Australia by 2030

vvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvviJack Heath, CEO Philanthropy Australia

vvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvviPresentation and Q&A. Moderator: Maree Sidey.

4:20pmvvvvvvvvvvvvvvviShort break

4:30pmvvvvvvvvviiiiiiiiiiiivOur intergenerational responsibility: creating a fairer, more inclusive, and sustainable Australia

vvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvTom Molyneux, Manager Indigenous Inclusion, Deakin University

5:15pmvvvvvvvvvvvvvvviClose of Day 1 sessions.

vvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvviDelegates adjourn to Wah Wah Gee on the waterfront (7 minute walk from Novotel)

5:45-7pmvvvvvvvvvvvvvvWelcome reception at Wah Wah Gee.

vvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvviDinner - own arrangements.

Day 2

Monday 24 October

8amvvvvvvvvvvvvvviivvRegistration opens

9amvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvviiWelcome to Day 2: Investing in our communities

9:15amvvvvvvvvvvvvvvThe Hon Dr Andrew Leigh MP (participating online) Assistant Minister for Competition, Charities and Treasury

vvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvviiiiiiiiiShort presentation, and live Q&A


10:30amvvvvvvviivvviviiInvesting in community adaptation and resilience to disasters: panel session

vvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvviiiiiiiiiio Natalie Egleton, FRRR

11:20amvvvvvvvvvvvvviShort break

11:35amvvvvvvvvvvvivvInvesting in capacity for impact: how to harness the Transfer of Wealth opportunity through bequests

vvvvvvvvvvvvvviiiiiiioiiiiiiiEleanor Cater, CFNZ

12:20pmvvvvvvvvviiivvvBreak for lunch

1:15pmvvvvvvvvvvvvvviInvesting in our network

vvvvvvvvvvvvvvviiviiiiiiiiiiSession convened by Community Foundations Australia.

vvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvviiiiiiiiiiio Community Foundations in Australia: state of the network

vvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvviiiiiiiiiiio Strategic direction to 2025, and priorities next 12 months

vvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvviiiiiiiiiiio Investing in our capacity, and in the network

2:15pmvvvvvvvvvvvvvviLocal Community Foundations investing in Geelong

vvvvvvvvvvvvvvvviiiiiiiiiiiiGreater Geelong is the fastest growing region in Australia. The two local community foundations – Geelong CF and Give Where You Live – bring different approaches to vvvvvvvvvvvvvvvviiiiiiiiiiiiaddressing local issues through local action. This brief introduction will set the context for site visits where Forum delegates get to see some of the Foundations’ vvvvvvvvvvvvvvvviiiiiiiiiiiiinvestments in their community in action.

2:35vvvvvvvvvvvvvvvviiiiiiForum delegates prepare to leave for site visits – choose one option:

vvvvvvvvvvvvvvvviiiiiiiiiiiiOption A: Homelessness focus

vvvvvvvvvvvvvvvviiiiiiiiiiiiNB: 1st location within ~ 10mins drive of Novotel; 2nd stop within ~10 mins from first

vvvvvvvvvvvvvvvviiiiiiiiiiiiLazarus Community Centre - The Lazarus Community Centre (LCC) provides a vital connection point between people experiencing homelessness and vulnerability, vvvvvvvvvvvvvvvviiiiiiiiiiiiand the allied services which can alleviate and support meaningful outcomes. [arrive 2:50, depart 3:30]

vvvvvvvvvvvvvvvviiiiiiiiiiiiSamaritan House - Samaritan House Geelong (SHG) is a community that provides a welcoming and safe home for homeless men experiencing crisis and enables vvvvvvvvvvvvvvvviiiiiiiiiiiitheir transition to a better future. The recent small housing options that have been built are amazing positive examples of transitional housing. [arrive 3:40, depart 4:25]


vvvvvvvvvvvvvvvviiiiiiiiiiiiOption B: Supporting community through crisis

vvvvvvvvvvvvvvvviiiiiiiiiiiiNB: 1st location within ~ 10mins drive of Novotel; 2nd stop within ~10 mins from first

vvvvvvvvvvvvvvvviiiiiiiiiiiiGeelong Mums - Geelong Mums exists to provide safety, opportunity and dignity for children and families in the region. Their goal is to ensure children and families are vvvvvvvvvvvvvvvviiiiiiiiiiiihappy, healthy, and safe.

vvvvvvvvvvvvvvvviiiiiiiiiiiiFeed Me - Feed Me Bellarine is a charitable organisation founded in 2019 with a mission to turn rescued food into meals, for distribution to families in need. Their vvvvvvvvvvvvvvvviiiiiiiiiiiigrowth over the past couple of years has been extraordinary, and they have played a significant role in supporting thousands of community members with food relief vvvvvvvvvvvvvvvviiiiiiiiiiiithrough Covid-19 lockdowns.

4:45pmvvvvvvvvvvvvvviDelegates return to Novotel. Sessions for Day 2 conclude.

6:30pmvvvvvvvvvvvvvviForum celebration dinner, including presentation of Community Foundation Awards

vvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvviiiiiiiiiGeelong Library & Heritage Centre (12 min walk from Novotel)

9:30/10pmvvvvvvvvvvviDinner concludes

Day 3

Tuesday 25 October


9amvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvttttvtWelcome back: Reflections on Forum so far.

vvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvtvtvvviiiiIntroduction to Day 3: Investing in our capabilities

vvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvtvtvvviiiiThis morning focuses on practical how-to sessions, case studies and examples, drawing on the expertise of community foundation practitioners. vvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvtvtvvviiiiPresenters, and scheduling of sessions still to be confirmed. Topics listed below.

9:15amvvvvvvvvvivvvvvtiiiiiParallel breakout sessions (choose one of three)

10amvvvvvvvvviiivvvvtiiiiiiiiiParallel breakout sessions (choose one of three)

10:45amvvviiiiivvvvvtvvviviiMorning tea

11amvvvvvvvvviiivvvvtiiiiiiiiiParallel breakout sessions (choose one of three)

11:45amvvvvvvvvviiivvvvtiiiParallel breakout sessions (choose one of three)

Topics will include:

  1. Role of the Board

  2. Collective Giving

  3. Doing community foundations differently: an interactive session convened by Give Where You Live

  4. Education Benalla: The First 10 Years. (Tomorrow Today Foundation)

  5. Focus on sub-funds

  6. Investing for community foundations

  7. Looking for sustainability in community philanthropy and collective giving

  8. Setting up a new community foundation

  9. Systems and databases

  10. Using data for program design and driving performance

  11. What’s next for Back to School vouchers? A future-focused discussion convened by FRRR

  12. Vital Signs


1:30pmvvvvvvvviivtiivvviiiiiiCommunity foundations investing in a fairer, more sustainable future for Australia

2pmvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvtiiiiiClosing panel: reflections and learnings

2:45pmvvvvvvvvivivvvviiivtAcknowledgments and appreciation

3pmvvvvvvvvvivvvviiivvtiiiiiNCFF’22 concludes.

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