Businesses, schools, parishes and community groups continue to show they care for children, young people and families in their communities by supporting our work with financial and in-kind donations.
To find out how you can join them and partner with us to help children in your community to thrive, call our Community Relations Team on 1300 218 935.
We are particularly grateful to those who help multiply donations to our Paws4Kids matched giving day, inspiring others to give by tripling their donations to this special campaign helping at-risk kids to regain a love of learning.
Bob Stewart of Kew
A long-term supporter of MacKillop Family Services, Bob Stewart of Kew shares our commitment to educating children. They recently matched donations for our first two Paws4Kids Matched Giving Days and provided funding to research and develop a pilot mentoring program
PETstock Assist generously came on board for our inaugural Paws4Kids campaign in 2019, and again matched donations in 2020 so we could grow our Paw Pals program, using therapy dogs to help children who’ve been through trauma to return to education.
Students at this Edmund Rice school chose MacKillop Family Services as their charity to support through fundraising in 2019 and 2020, as they wanted to address social justice issues here in Australia. Our most generous supporter of Paws4Kids, Parade College students have also taken part in our Social Justice days for schools and supported our Foster Care Crisis Appeal in 2020.
Open discussion about the constant apprehension, learning difficulties and stoic mentality of marginalised children has made me immediately grateful for the support networks in the community and struck a heartstring, feeling powerless and not doing enough to assist in the poignant difficulties of similar-aged children.
Sisters of St Joseph
One of our founding congregations, the Sisters of St Joseph made a generous contribution in early 2020 so MacKillop could deliver Stormbirds – a program supporting children and young people to identify and respond to significant life events and disasters – to more communities recovering from the devastating bushfires. They have also supported us to expand the Paw Pals program across Greater Melbourne.
Toorak Ecumenical Churches Opportunity Shop
For three years, Toorak Ecumenical Churches Opportunity Shop has generously supported young people in our residential homes to prepare for independence.
Secondary students at Loyola College’s MacKillop House fundraise for MacKillop Family Services each year. This year, senior students visited MacKillop to learn more about our foster and residential care programs, and understanding the challenges facing these young people inspired them to raise more.
Catholic Women's League Australia - Parramatta
After hosting our local Foster Care Manager as a Guest Speaker, the ladies of the Catholic Women's League Australia – Parramatta generously raised over $2,500 to support local foster carers providing safe homes for children.
Regular supporters of our Christmas Gift Appeal, Salesian College recognised the challenges we faced in 2020, unable to accept in-kind gifts due to COVID risks, and made a significant cash donation to ensure the kids in our care could share in the joy of Christmas despite the challenges of the pandemic.
Other corporate and community supporters in 2020 included:
- Brophy Family and Youth Services
- Carey Baptist Grammar School
- Commonwealth Bank
- Crisp Projects Pty Ltd
- Firefighters Charity Fund
- HMB Employment Lawyers
- Holy Child Primary School
- Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia & PNG
- Ken & Wilma Strickland Fund
- Lions Club of Waverley Inc.
- St Joseph Trust
- Sunshine Magistrates Court
- Victoria University
- WDEA Works
- Xavier College
The following businesses and organisations have provided in kind support, from tickets for events such as the Royal Melbourne Show, to household goods for residential units and Christmas gifts for children in our care:
- Alan Mance Holden
- Aware Health
- Brighton Grammar School
- Caulfield South Primary School
- Christian Brothers College
- Fairfield Primary School
- Geelong Cats Football Club
- JPL Group
- Kolbe Catholic College
- MacKillop College Werribee
- Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria
- Salesian College
- St Kevin's College Senior School Campus
- St Peter's College
- Toorak Ecumenical Movement and Food for Friends
- Transdev Melbourne
- Youth Education Support Inc