Philanthropic Trusts and Foundations

MacKillop strives to provide the highest quality of care and services to people in need, none of which is possible without community and business support.

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MacKillop would like to acknowledge and thank our philanthropic supporters.


Beswick Family Fund
Beswick Family Fund provides invaluable support to MacKillop Family Services’ work in the Far South Coast of NSW.

Sydney Myer Fund and the Otto C & Elizabeth Schumacher Trust, managed by Equity Trustees
In December 2017, the Sydney Myer Fund together with and the Otto C & Elizabeth Schumacher Trust, managed by Equity Trustees, jointly funded our education program: Trauma-Informed Practice - improving educational outcomes for vulnerable children.

To enable improved equity and access to education for primary students with special needs who are vulnerable/traumatised, the program aims to further develop MacKillop’s trauma-informed education model, and create a place-based, trauma-informed teaching practice hub.

As part of the program, we have produced a 135-page ‘Sanctuary In Schools: Trauma-Informed Resource Manual’. The manual was showcased in August 2017, when MacKillop held two conferences / professional development days – in Geelong and Sunshine. These were well attended by over 200 education professional. Following the conferences, dozens of schools have requested access to the manual.

RE Ross Trust
The RE Ross Trust supports MacKillop to provide much needed material aid to families in the western suburbs of Melbourne, who require emergency financial assistance.

Through the Material Aid to Families grant, MacKillop is able to provide support to families in times of crisis. MacKillop commends the RE Ross Trust for their ongoing commitment and support to vulnerable families through this grant.

In addition, in July 2017, the Victorian Women's Benevolent Trust, together with The RE Ross Trust jointly funded Cara at MacKillop’s ‘In Safe Hands’ program, which is a young mums parenting run out of Morgan House.

Bendigo Bank Community Enterprise Foundation
In September 2017, Bendigo Bank Community Enterprise Foundation funded MacKillop Specialist School in Geelong to implement an educational Aboriginal cultural awareness program ‘Identity, Culture and Creativity’. The program will be led by Nathan Patterson (a proud Wagiman man from Torquay) with a focus on students’ storytelling, art and the creation of an indigenous garden. Indigenous children are vastly over-represented in out-of- home care with 12 of the 70 children at the MacKillop Specialist School from Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander backgrounds.

Give Where You Live Foundation
In August 2017, Give Where You Live Foundation supported the music therapy program ‘Tuning In’ at MacKillop's Specialist School in Geelong.

Read how this funding is helping young people at our Specialist School in Geelong process trauma through music.

Warrnambool philanthropy
Seven philanthropic foundations contributed to the development of the Warrnambool area’s very first equine therapy centre. The Equine Therapy Hub adds to the services already provided by MacKillop at its existing five-acre site of therapeutic residential care in Mepunga.

MacKillop is grateful for the support of 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

Ian Potter Foundation
Support from the Ian Potter Foundation, together with funding from the Department of Premier and Cabinet’s Public Sector Innovation Fund has enabled the design and implementation of new technical functionality of -MacKillop’s in-house-developed client and carer management information platform, (EDDI) to better support our programs to young people and families.

In 2014 MacKillop developed its own client and carer management information platform, (EDDI) to better support our programs to young people and families. The platform has since been adopted by 29 Community Service Organisations (CSOs). Many of these CSOs have suggested enhancements to EDDI to increase efficiencies and better inform best practice within the sector.

If you are from a Trust or Foundation and would like to know more about our work, please contact Dan Mars on 03 9257 2215 or at dan.mars@mackillop.org.au.

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