Education is society’s great leveller, and any improvement in education goes a long way toward equalling opportunity
Founder of Microsoft
The Initiate Action Community Fund (IACF)
The Initiate Action Community Fund has been established to support educational initiatives and causes that work to break the cycle of disadvantage in the community. Established by Phillip and Mercedes Slater the IACF is a sub-fund of the Australian Communities Foundation (ACF).
We finance the fund by donating a percentage of annual profits.
Big West Festival HOUSE Project
HOUSE is a prototype low-cost dwelling for social services housing.
100 Story Building
100 Story Building’s mission is to provide opportunities for the most marginalised children and young people in our community to build the literacy skills, confidence and sense of belonging that are fundamental to future success.
Visit them at http://www.100storybuilding.org.au/
The Social Studio
The Social Studio is a fashion label, cafe and social enterprise that celebrates the style and skills of diverse cultures in Australia. The Social Studio exists to provide education and skills, and to promote the rich creativity of our refugee communities.
Find out more at http://www.thesocialstudio.org/
The Weenthunga Health Network
Weenthunga is a First Australian led organization welcoming Australians and First Australians in health roles and encouraging collaboration to contribute to the better health and well being of Victorian First Australians and thei communities.
Find out more at http://www.weenthunga.com.au/
New Stars Association
Basketball for Young Offenders Program
New Stars Basketball Association is an education, sport and life skills program run by a small, dedicated team who work with over 300 self-referred, at risk young people each week. They operate in a modest community centre in Springvale on barely the whiff of an oily rag and are scoring major outcomes with young people who would otherwise be at high risk of becoming involved with the juvenile justice system.
Kiva is a non-profit organization with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty, leveraging the internet and a worldwide network of microfinance institutions.
In 2012 we chose to support 27 female entrepreneurs across 12 third-world countries.
In keeping with our community fund focus on education and our corporate focus on inventory management loans were made to assist with:
- Higher education
- Working capital to purchase inventory for resale
- Raw materials for small scale manufacturers and farmers
- Spare parts purchases
- And even to improve logistics through the purchase of a motorbike!
Cara is a not for profit community service organisation providing specialist accommodation, care and support for vulnerable children and young women who are unable to live at home or with their family.
Grants from the Initiate Action Community Fund in 2011 enabled Cara to provide educational support to young women and parenting teenagers.
Western Chances has a vision to see young people achieve their full potential. To achieve this the organisation assists motivated young people by providing scholarships, opportunity programs and ongoing support.
Grants from the Initiate Action Community Fund in 2011 enabled Western Chances to provide three scholarships supporting further education.