Thursday, 16 November 2023

Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation officially opened its new For Purpose Impact Accelerator Hub on Wednesday 15 November 2023, welcoming donors and grant partners to join in the launch celebrations.

The Hub is a gathering place where for-purpose leaders, innovators, social enterprises, research partners, and philanthropic supporters, all collaborating and converging with a shared vision—to transform Greater Melbourne into an inclusive and sustainable city.

Foundation CEO Dr Catherine Brown OAM at the launch of the For Purpose Impact Accelerator Hub.


The Foundation’s Honourary Patron, Lord Mayor Sally Capp AO, alongside Foundation CEO Dr Catherine Brown OAM and Deputy Chair Janina Gawler, officially opened the Hub by cutting the grand opening ribbon.


The Foundation's Deputy Chair - Janina Gawler, Honourary Patron - Lord Mayor Sally Capp AO, and CEO - Dr Catherine Brown OAM, officially open the For Purpose Impact Accelerator Hub.


“The Hub stands as the Foundation's fresh, future-focused strategy for the next 10 years and has been designed to be a centre for philanthropic innovation,” says Foundation CEO Dr Catherine Brown OAM.

Audience members seated in the Hub's Collaboration Space.


“Here, funders, social enterprises, and other solution-oriented for-purpose organisations will work to form collaborative paths and develop solutions to address some of Melbourne's most urgent challenges.”

Wurundjeri elder, Tony Garvey, delivers the Welcome to Country to guests.


Wurundjeri elder, Tony Garvey opened the event with a captivating Welcome to Country, while speakers at the event included Hub partners David Spriggs, Chief Executive Officer at Infoxchange, Jaison Hoernel, Chief Executive Officer at Good Cycles, and architect Mastura Mokhtar from Six Degrees.


Hub partners Jaison Hoernel (far left) from Good Cycles and David Spriggs (far right) from Infoxchange are pictured with Foundation Honourary Patron Lord Mayor Sally Capp AO and CEO Dr Catherine Brown OAM.

The Foundation’s Deputy Chair Janina Gawler, as well as Board Member and Hub Honourary Adviser, Rob McGauran spoke about the Foundation's vision for Melbourne as a leading and thriving city.

Architect Mastura Mokhtar from Six Degrees, and Foundation Board Member and Hub Honourary Adviser, Rob McGauran speak to guests at the Hub launch.


The opening of the For Purpose Impact Accelerator Hub during the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation centenary year, is a significant milestone in its history: 100 years ago the Foundation, which was then known as The Lord Mayor’s Fund for Metropolitan Hospitals and Charities, opened its office at the Melbourne Town Hall.


100 years ago the Foundation's offices first opened at the Melbourne Town Hall on 14 June 1923.


The Hub offers for-purpose leaders and organisations a mix of long-term desk licences, hot desk solutions and an adaptive Collaboration Space located in Melbourne’s new Innovation Precinct.


The Hub building team (L-R): Kane Lugosi - Johnstaff, Mastura Mokhtar - Six Degrees, Rashelle Boukas - Hub & Foundation Operations Coordinator, Andrew Skewes - Johnstaff, Foundation CEO Dr Catherine Brown OAM, Cameron Pirotta - Pirotta Services Commercial, and Jacquie Kessaris Pirotta Services Commericial.


The For Purpose Impact Accelerator Hub was brought to life with support of Six Degrees Architects, Pirotta Services Commercial, Tierney Property Group and Johnstaff.

Social enterprises The Beautiful Bunch and STREAT were part of the Hub's launch.  

The launch proudly featured catering and floral bouquets from social enterprises STREAT and The Beautiful Bunch.