MCRAG Foundation Co-Hosts 2014 National Community Foundation Forum
The 15th National Community Foundations Forum was held from the 3-5 September in the Yarra Valley and was co-hosted by Mitchell Community Resources and Advocacy Group (MCRAG) Foundation along with three other Black Saturday foundations: Into Our Hands Foundation (Alpine), Kinglake Ranges Foundation, Marysville and Triangle Community Foundation along with Australian Community Philanthropy and the Foundation of Regional and Rural Renewal (FRRR).
Session one of the forum saw panel discussion with the four Community Foundations established post 2009 fires. Conversation was lively with an opportunity for MCRAG Foundation to present a case for a “hands on” approach from Community Foundations across the country in times of disaster. Community Foundations by their very nature work closely at a grass roots level with their community, so in times of disaster, Community Foundations can play a vital role in and for their communities.
The forum gave MCRAG Foundation the opportunity to showcasing our homegrown Rivers and Rangers Community Leadership Program (RRCLP) as one of the many initiatives that can be supported by Community Foundations. The RRCLP was born post 2009 and will now benefit the communities from Mitchell, Murrindindi, Yarra Ranges, Whittlesea and Nilumbik for many decades to come www.rrclp.org.au
While this year sees the 100th anniversary of Community Foundations worldwide, Community Foundations are still a relatively new movement in Australia. To give the movement a more global perspective Ian Bird, President of Community Foundations of Canada presented and was available throughout the conference for the many questions and discussions.
Community Foundations are independent philanthropic organisations who work in a general geographic area. Community Foundations are a way that local donors can contribute to their community via permanent endowments that will then benefit their community in perpetuity, so not just a one of give.
If you are interested in learning more about your local Community Foundation, the MCRAG Foundation or Community Foundations generally please contact Jacqui Sims 0402 757 257 or www.mcrag.org.au