OPPORTUNITY GRANT: Australian Literacy and Numeracy Foundation
In 2015 the Australian Literacy and Numeracy Foundation (ALNF) approached Dusseldorp Forum through Cages Foundation, with whom ALNF were already working on their Early Language and Literacy Project (EL&L). They were looking for funding for a visual documentary to showcase the success of their Kempsey/Macleay Valley Project.
Aware that funding for communications projects is hard to find and truly valuing its necessity and power to influence, Dusseldorp Forum provided ALNF with an opportunity grant of $15,000.
They went on to produce a film that tells the story of the systematic change that has been created in the area, driven by the local communities, with the Macleay Valley at the centre of this movement. They used the film to articulate and advocate for, the ALNF’s point of difference – its whole of community, scalable and localised delivery model – which prioritises local ownership and self-determination.
The film also enabled ALNF to share the outcomes of the Kempsey/Macleay Valley Project with other interested communities, stakeholders, potential funders and the public, increasing their potential to consolidate and expand the Program.
PARTNERSHIP: Sydney Story Factory
In 2010 Dusseldorp Forum’s Executive Director Teya Dusseldorp was excited by what she saw while visiting 826 Valencia in San Francisco. 826 Valencia supports under-resourced students with their creative writing skills and helps teachers inspire their students to write.
On her return to Australia, Teya heard journalists Cath Keenan and Tim Dick talking about their intention to set up an Australian version of 826 Valencia on the radio. Teya got in touch and the Forum became the foundation partner with a commitment of $50,000 a year for three years for core operational costs and so the Sydney Story Factory was born.
Teya joined the board and over the next six years supported the consolidation of the organisation. The funding arrangement was extended until 2016 while the Sydney Story Factory developed their fundraising abilities. The Forum helped to promote the Sydney Story Factory across education and philanthropic circles as well as supporting an evaluation of its programs.
By 2016 the Sydney Story Factory had proven itself hugely successful and primed for growth. With a strong financial footing it came time for the Forum to step aside and watch this incredible organisation fly.
PARTNERSHIP: Maranguka Justice Reinvestment Project
In 2012 Dusseldorp Forum and the Vincent Fairfax Family Foundation (VFFF) came together around a common purpose – to reduce the numbers of Aboriginal young people and children coming into contact with the justice system.
It began with an 18-month consultation period with community elders, young people, families, police, judges, lawyers and the Juvenile Justice Department and experts both in Australia and internationally. It became clear from the statistics and discussions that over incarceration was becoming a distinct barrier to young Aboriginal people thriving and that there was a gap in philanthropic participation in this area.
An advisory group was established to explore the role of philanthropy and where we could be most impactful. The research and advice led to a focus on Western NSW.
We were invited to a meeting at the Human Rights Commission with Mick Gooda and others to discuss the implementation of Justice Reinvestment in NSW. Justice Reinvestment, being essentially the reallocation of government funds from the prison system into communities to prevent crime in the first place, we were not sure what role of philanthropy could take.
We were soon after, invited to visit the town of Bourke, NSW by a mobilised Aboriginal community with a plan. They knew how they could make resources work better for their young people, they already had wrap around support through partnerships with Just Reinvest NSW support from corporates, the Human Rights Commission, Collaboration for Impact and the Aboriginal Legal Service and initially required two years of general operational funding to self-organise.
Dusseldorp Forum and VFFF together provided $300,000 over two years to fund the backbone structure of the Maranguka Justice Reinvestment Project and in 2016 invested $600,000 for another three years to implement the community-led strategy that was developed.
As well as funding, the Forum has provided opportunities for co-presenting at conferences, communications support, diverse funding through our networks, Forum participation in strategic advisory groups for the project and funding circuit breaker programs such as the driving program and other vital services such as Eternity Aid.