Collective giving in Sydney has launched with a bang with Impact100 Sydney’s inaugural $100,000 grant being awarded to Leichhardt Women’s Community Health Centre.
The collective giving group, comprising 100 people who each donate $1000, is a sub-fund of the Sydney Community Foundation, and the inaugural grantmaking focus was supporting young people at-risk in greater Sydney.
Applications were received from 52 small nonprofits with the winner chosen by a subset of Impact100 Sydney members.
“It felt enormously satisfying to know what game-changer it would be for this small NGO to receive a grant for $100,000, and the amount of impact the project would have for the young people at risk,” says Advisory Committee member Julianne Sanders of the inaugural grant announcement.
The $100,000 grant will be used by Leichardt Women’s Community Health Centre to provide life-changing career mentoring for young women aged 16 and 17 from Sydney’s girls’ refuges – The Girls Refuge and Lillians.
The mentoring program is a 10 step program which matches the girls with business leaders in the Sydney community. The program will run for two years with a goal of benefiting 40 girls.
The three other finalists for the inaugural Impact100 Sydney grant round were:
The theme for this year’s grants process will be decided by Impact100 Sydney members and announced shortly, though Sanders says there’s still room for more members.
“I’m looking forward to finding more generous Sydney-siders keen to be involved in the whole democratic giving process, especially riding on the successes of this year’s opportunity.”
Pictured: Leichhardt Women’s Community Health Centre’s Roxanne McMurray (centre) with Impact100 Sydney board members.
Photo by Yann Le Berre Photography.