Generous Melbourne

Increasing the Melbourne community’s ability to withstand shocks and find solutions to our shared challenges through collective and structured giving.
This Impact Area was formerly known as Inspiring Philanthropy. In the 2021/2022 financial year, grants distributed:
Total: $1.903 million
This Impact Area was formerly known as Inspiring Philanthropy. In the 2021/2022 financial year, grants distributed:
Total: $1.903 million

About

In addition to its work addressing specific community’s social and environmental challenges, Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation recognises its role in supporting the charitable and philanthropic sectors, as well as inspiring community philanthropy.

The charitable sector is critical to Australia’s wellbeing,  especially in tough economic times.  In a sense, the charitable sector is Australia’s social and environmental safety net. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Foundation has thought deeply about the resilience of the charitable sector.

Recent research by Centre for Social Impact UNSW with SVA titled: Taken for granted? Charities’ role in our economic recovery, shows that the demand for services provided by many charities is expected to increase, especially as unemployment grows. The report also highlights the major role of the charitable sector as an employer. Charities employ 1.31 million people. 1 in 10 people in Australia.

Modelling from the report reveals that under the revised JobKeeper payments, 110,000 people employed by charities are still at high risk of becoming unemployed by September 2020, with a further 70,000 by September 2021.

The report also found that JobKeeper will keep many charities viable in the short term but won’t be enough to preserve all charities, with 14 per cent at risk of becoming unviable and 44 per cent making an operating loss by September 2021.

Other recent research RESET 2020 by The Xfactor Collective funded by Equity Trustees includes further insights about the charitable sector:

“Those with lower revenues are left vulnerable to the economic shock brought on by the pandemic. While most charities balance their books every year, more often than not they carry little reserves, largely due to rising costs and the regulatory environment they operate in. Forty five percent (45%) of respondents are carrying operating reserves of six months or less. Many are trying to retain staff, and still have ongoing costs for insurance, rent and other outgoings. As a result, nearly two in 10 respondents are already struggling to deliver services due to revenue loss or need immediate assistance to continue their operations.”

In order to build the resilience of the charitable sector, support will be needed in these areas:

  • Digital transformation and capability building
  • Business transformation (new or refreshed business models, service redesign, sharing services, mergers, or partnerships)
  • Leadership support and development
  • Financial management and financial modelling capability.


There is a lot to do to ensure we have a strong charitable sector as respond to and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Many people facing economic hardship depend on this as do staff and volunteers.

Under the Generous Melbourne Impact Area, we also fund research to provide a better understanding of community need and support the development of the social enterprise and impact investment sectors (both tools within our Philanthropy Toolbox).

The Foundation supports social enterprise and impact investment development to deliver diversified income sources for charities, increase employment opportunities for vulnerable groups, and to encourage private and institutional investment into ventures with social and environmental purposes.

The Foundation also supports peak bodies within the philanthropic sector where projects align with the Foundation’s strategic direction or which align with an area of interest specified in the Foote Trust Deed of Gift, that is not otherwise supported through the Foundation’s grants program. We are current members and supporters of Australian Environmental Grantmakers Network, Australian Community Philanthropy. We are also active members of Philanthropy Australia and several international philanthropy networks.

Increasing the awareness of community philanthropy and supporting the network of community foundations is also a vital part of the Foundation’s work.

The Generous Melbourne Impact Area aligns with these United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals:

5. Gender Equality 13. Climate Action 17. Partnerships for the Goals

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Outcomes

Generous Melbourne Outcomes

  1. Top three trusted partner in leading giving within Melbourne.
  2. Due to a growing culture of giving, the Melbourne and wider community contributes more donations, time, talent and influence to a thriving Melbourne.
  3. An effective philanthropic and impact investment ecosystem, and a capable charitable sector support the achievement of our aspirations.
  1. Top three trusted partner in leading giving within Melbourne.
  2. Due to a growing culture of giving, the Melbourne and wider community contributes more donations, time, talent and influence to a thriving Melbourne.
  3. An effective philanthropic and impact investment ecosystem, and a capable charitable sector support the achievement of our aspirations.


 


 

Recent grants

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Building Better: Fostering Cultural Leadership Through The Precinct Plan
Footscray Community Arts Centre Limited
Status
Active grant
Grant Amount
$320,000
Grant Type
Proactive
Year
2021/2022
 
2. Strategic support of the philanthropic sector.


Sustainable development goals
10. Reduced Inequality 11. Sustainable Cities and Communities
Progress Labs And Capacity Building Hub (Stage 2)
Centre for Australian Progress Ltd
Status
Active grant
Grant Amount
$390,000
Grant Type
Proactive
Year
2021/2022
 
3. Strengthened Charitable Sector.


Sustainable development goals
10. Reduced Inequality 11. Sustainable Cities and Communities
Abbotsford Convent Infirmary Conservation And Reuse Project
The Trustee for Abbotsford Convent Foundation Arts Trust
Status
Active grant
Grant Amount
$25,000
Grant Type
Proactive
Year
2021/2022
 
3. Strengthened Charitable Sector.


Sustainable development goals
11. Sustainable Cities and Communities
NFP Digital Transformation Hub
Infoxchange
Status
Active grant
Grant Amount
$400,000
Grant Type
Proactive
Year
2021/2022
 
3. Strengthened Charitable Sector.


Sustainable development goals
10. Reduced Inequality
Wellbeing And Resilience Response For The Social Sector
The Xfactor Collective Foundation Ltd
Status
Active grant
Grant Amount
$257,000
Grant Type
Proactive
Year
2021/2022
 
3. Strengthened Charitable Sector.


Sustainable development goals
3. Good Health and Well-being

Collaborate with us

Does your organisation's work align with the Generous Melbourne Impact Area? Speak to:
Dr Catherine Brown OAM
Chief Executive Officer