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Philanthropic Partners

Thanks to the vision and generosity of our philanthropic partners, MacKillop is changing the lives of some of our most disadvantaged children, young people and families.

MacKillop has a long and proud history of empowering some of our most vulnerable community members. Our strategic goals put families at the heart of our vision, and we are passionate about working with communities so children can thrive.

But we couldn’t achieve this without the generous support of our philanthropic partners. Strong partnerships are at the heart of our work. We believe that by collaborating we can create the greatest change.

Thanks to their vision and belief in our work, our philanthropic partners have supported us to:

  • Develop innovative educational programs that keep children and young people engaged in learning
  • Establish Warnambool’s first Equine-Assisted Social and Emotional Learning Centre where interacting with horses has shown to have remarkable results in giving young people the skills they need to live independently and to be more connected to their communities
  • Tackle some of the most confronting issues facing children and young people living in out-of-home care
  • Acknowledge the importance of cultural healing and awareness in working with Aboriginal families and children.

We are always keen to work with philanthropic funders who share our vision for innovative, effective programs and services delivered to those who need them most.

If you’re a trust or foundation with an interest in our work, please contact us to see how we can partner together.

Dan Mars

Philanthropy Manager

MacKillop would like to acknowledge and thank our current philanthropic partners.

Thanks to support from the Flora and Frank Leith Charitable Trust, MacKillop can continue its culturally-diverse supported playgroups in Melbourne’s western metropolitan region. The playgroups are a valuable early intervention service that supports vulnerable and disadvantaged families overcome language and cultural barriers and link them to important services such as maternal and child health support, Centrelink, early learning and other services when needed, including family violence assistance.

With funding from the Melbourne Catholic Archbishop’s Charitable Fund, MacKillop’s Heritage and Information Service plans to establish a National Records Access Service, based around our existing service model that supports the release of the more than 115,000 records we hold on behalf of children who were in care across eight orphanages and homes.

The project will be overseen by Jenny Glare, General Manager of the Heritage and Information Service at MacKillop. Jenny is nationally and internationally recognised for her work in this area: in 2017 she received the HESTA ‘Unsung Hero’ award, recognising her exceptional contribution to social justice in Australia and in 2016, the Victorian government’s prestigious ‘Robin Clark Leadership Award’.

Funding from the Queensland Community Foundation will be used to support our exciting Paws 4 Kids campaign to bring an innovative canine-assisted support program to 500 disadvantaged kids to help them re-engage with learning.

Using therapy dogs, we will target those children who struggle going to school – usually because they’re dealing with some tough issues like family violence or neglect.

MacKillop’s SiBZ (siblings) program provides emotional support and recreational opportunities for the siblings of children and young people with a disability. Thanks to funding from Mary MacKillop Today, the program will continue to be a valuable resource that offers young people access to social groups and fun activities.

Funding from the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation will be used to support our exciting Paws 4 Kids campaign to bring an innovative canine-assisted support program to 500 disadvantaged kids to help them re-engage with learning.

Using therapy dogs, we will target those children who struggle going to school – usually because they’re dealing with some tough issues like family violence or neglect.

John T Reid Charitable Trusts provided a three-year funding grant to co-design, with the University of Melbourne, a program that when implemented will work to promote positive sexual behaviour of clients living in OOHC.

Funding from the Tee-Up for Kids Foundation supports a range of educational initiatives for vulnerable and disadvantaged children and young people living in the Barwon, Barwon South-West and central Victorian regions. Our education programs target students who are disengaged or at risk of disengaging from education. This includes those with a disability (including autism, severe behaviour disorders, clinical depression and/or anxiety), a history and/or ongoing experience of trauma, and children living in residential or out-of-home care, due to child protection concerns, including neglect and abuse.

The Commonwealth Bank Foundation provided funding for MacKillop’s supported playgroups. The groups are based in culturally-diverse communities in Melbourne’s west, and provide a safe environment to introduce families to play-based learning and early years’ services. The playgroups are a valuable early intervention service and link vulnerable and disadvantaged families to important services such as maternal and child health support, Centrelink, early learning and other services when needed, including family violence support.

Thanks to funding from the Dimmick Charitable Trust, we established the Bitter Sweet Café at MacKillop’s Specialist School in Geelong. The school supports students who are disengaged or at risk of disengaging from education, including those with a disability (including autism, severe behaviour disorders, clinical depression and/or anxiety), a history and/or ongoing experience of trauma, and children living in residential or out-of-home care, due to child protection concerns, including neglect and abuse. The school café provides students with an opportunity to develop essential skills for success in the hospitality industry. Students complete their VCAL certificates in barista training, safe food handling and food preparation. The café also helps to develop numeracy and literacy skills as students research and create marketing material, menus and budgets.

Funding from the Bell Charitable Foundation supports a new music therapy program for students who have disengaged or are at risk of disengaging from education.

‘Tuning In’, which supports students at our specialist school in Maidstone, is an effective learning tool for those with particular educational needs including those with a disability, especially those with autism.

Our specialist schools at Geelong and Maidstone support students who have experienced trauma from issues such as exposure to family violence, present with severe behaviour disorders and have complex needs in relation to learning and social and emotional development.

The Joe White Bequest has been a long and valued supporter of MacKillop, providing much-needed funding to implement a broad range of child and family services and programs across Victoria.

The Beswick Family Fund has been a long and valued supporter of MacKillop, providing much-needed funding to implement a broad range of child and family services and programs across Victoria and NSW.

The RE Ross Trust supports MacKillop to provide much needed material aid to families in Melbourne’s metropolitan western region, who require immediate short-term assistance. Through the Material Aid to Families grant, MacKillop can support families in times of crisis.

Funding from the Give Where You Live Foundation supported a new music therapy program for students who have disengaged or are at risk of disengaging from education.

‘Tuning In’, which supports students at our specialist school in Geelong, is an effective learning tool for those with particular educational needs including those with a disability, especially those with autism.

Our specialist schools at Geelong and Maidstone support students who have experienced trauma from issues such as exposure to family violence, present with severe behaviour disorders and have complex needs in relation to learning and social and emotional development. Read how this funding is helping young people process trauma through music.

In 2017, seven local Warrnambool philanthropic foundations joined forces to fund the region’s first Equine-assisted Social and Emotional Learning Centre. The centre at Mepunga adds to the therapeutic residential care services MacKillop already provides at the two-hectare site. The therapeutic benefits of working with horses assist in the healing process for young people who have experienced trauma.

MacKillop is grateful to the following foundations:

  • Gwen & Edna Jones Foundation
  • Ray & Joyce Uebergang Foundation
  • Archie and Hilda Graham Foundation
  • Thomas O’Toole Foundation
  • Ern Hartley Foundation
  • A L Lane Foundation
  • Gall Family Foundation

Support from the Ian Potter Foundation, together with funding from the Department of Premier and Cabinet’s Public Sector Innovation Fund enabled us to design and implement a new technical functionality of MacKillop’s client and carer management information platform, EDDI.

The innovative information data collection platform was originally developed in 2014 to better support the programs we provide to young people and families. Since then, the platform has been adopted by 29 Community Service Organisations (CSOs).

Grants from The Sidney Myer Fund and the Otto C & Elizabeth Schumacher Trust funded a professional education program to promote trauma-informed practice in schools. The program targeted educators working with vulnerable/traumatised children who are disengaged or at risk of disengaging in education.

This funding was a driver in establishing MacKillop’s newly-developed teaching curriculum - Rethinking Learning and Teaching Environments (RELATE) Model – which ensures safe learning environments for children and young people impacted by trauma.