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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 funding from the Newcastle Permanent Charitable Foundation, MacKillop will pilot an innovative program to better support young people living in Out of Home Care (OOHC) in NSW’s Northern Rivers region. The three-year pilot will see OOHC carers undertake training in MacKillop’s internationally renowned Seasons for Growth program to better help young people understand how the loss of family and home can impact their life. It is the first time Seasons for Growth will be used in an OOHC setting.

In a bid to tackle the many complex emotional issues experienced by young people living in Out of Home Care, MacKillop is piloting an innovative program called Therapeutic Life Story Work. Thanks to funding from Geelong’s Give Where You Live Foundation the work will be used to help reduce the impact of grief and trauma on children and young people in care.

MacKillop’s commitment to tackle Victoria’s ongoing shortfall of foster carers has been boosted thanks to a philanthropic grant from Telematics Trust. The funding will be used to produce a podcast series to support existing and attract potential new foster carers.

Thanks to funding from the Geelong Community Foundation, the Bitter Sweet Café at MacKillop’s Specialist School in Geelong will continue to support students undertake VCAL studies to develop essential skills for success in the hospitality industry. Students have the opportunity to 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 PETstock Assist has been used to pilot an innovative canine-assisted support program to help disadvantaged children living in Out of Home Care in Melbourne’s metropolitan western region engage, or re-engage in education and learning.

To better support young people living in residential care, Way out There provides a 10-week practical life-skills education and mentoring program for young people (aged 15-18).

With research showing that when positive mental health is actively pursued in schools, students benefit academically. Thanks to funding from the Otto and Elizabeth Schumacher Trust, a positive education model, complementing the academic syllabus, will be introduced to students at the MacKillop School in Geelong. Positive Education will be embedded as a cultural and academic pillar to support existing philosophies, policies and procedures.

Funding will enable MacKillop to provide a range of recreational activities for children and young people living in Geelong and the greater Barwon region who are cared for through our out-of-home care services.

Funding from the Pethard Tarax Charitable Trust will be used to fund a Foster Care Recruitment and Development program in the central and northern Victorian regional towns of Bendigo, Castlemaine, Echuca and Daylesford.

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.

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.