Fairley partners with other foundations and socialpreneurs to empower local change agents. We’re know we can’t do it on our own. We need the different perspectives other people have as well as their resources and ideas. Over the last few years we’ve partnered with Pratt Foundation and Margaret Laurence Trust, particularly around our work supporting music education. Lately we’ve partnered with McEwan Trust, which is managed by Equity Trustees. We also are working with Igniting Change, a cutting edge organisation that looks at issues from a different perspective and always has something challenging to say, and Sentinel Foundation who are quietly supporting new ideas and projects.
By bringing funders together we extend the family of support, just as bringing community organisations together extends the capacity of workers on the ground. We can provide monitoring and feedback on projects so these donors know what’s going on and have full accountability for their funds.
Impact & Influence
Our impact is significantly increased by working with other change partners. We are essentially a small foundation but can use our local knowledge and history in the area to engage with partners of much more significant size. With this network of funders we can magnify our influence many times – after all, we are all working towards the same ends; it makes sense to do so together.
As a philanthropic leader in the local area the Foundation ran two philanthropic summits in 2011 and 2014 which brought together the major trusts and foundations from Melbourne to learn more about the issues and potential for philanthropic investment in the region. The main outcomes of these were the formation of the Committee for Greater Shepparton and the Lighthouse Project both of which are showing significant outcomes for the community.
These forums will be followed by a third major event at the end of 2016, which will showcase community projects for philanthropic organisations and socialpreneurs to invest in. We’re also working with the Dept of Premier and Cabinet to see how philanthropy and government can work better together, especially concerning social cohesion.
Be a Local Change Partner
If you’re interested in funding in the Shepparton region and would like to work with others involved here, please get in touch.
If you have skills and expertise and would like to volunteer your time, we are always able to link up people with great opportunities and needs in the community.
Join our volunteer base here.