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Getting Started in Philanthropy

23 October 2017

Impact100 WA

Hi everyone!

This year I’ve embarked on a new project. It’s a personal endeavour, rather than a blog sponsorship.

I’ve come to a point in my life where I really want to give back. Not just with money, but with energy and time too.

I didn’t want it to take over my life. Because my life is pretty busy already, with me juggling motherhood, a freelance business, working from home and on-going home renovations.

Basically I wanted a new project with a bit more meaning and purpose; something that makes the world a better place; something that allows me to be helpful and effective to make a small difference, using my skills, time, energy and brains.

I guess you can say I’ve embraced philanthropy.

What does that even mean?!

How does one even do something like that?

I’ve discovered that it’s not as scary (or time consuming) as it sounds.

Earlier this year I joined a group called Impact100 WA. It is a West Australian philanthropic giving group, donating high impact $100K grants to not-for-profits to make a difference in the local community.

The concept is pretty simple. There are 100 members, each member donates $1000, which becomes a $100K grant. Not-for-profit organisations send in their applications. There is a rigorous assessment process to select the Top 10 applications, then there is another round of assessments to choose the Final 5. At the end of the year, all the memebers come together to vote where the money goes.

We have been running for 6 years now. Our membership has grown and in the last few years and we have given away TWO $100K grants and lots of minor grants of at least $5,000 each.

As a member you can be as active and hands on as you like. You can simply donate the money and then vote at the end of the year; or you can get your hands dirty, join a committee, volunteer to be part of the assessment process, get to know the charities they’ve supported in the past, volunteer for winning charities, meet some likeminded and inspiring people in your local community and more.

For me, I wanted to get my hands dirty!

I volunteered to be on a committee – so I’ve been busy busy busy.

It has been truly rewarding.

I have gotten to know some pretty amazing charities and not-for-profits in WA.

I hear about what they do, who they help, how they help, how they’ve used the little resources they have to do what they do… and I am floored. I get teary every time. I am humbled and deeply proud that I am somehow connected to these people. I am filled with inspiration, meaning and an urge to help.

Impact100 WA, with Nicola Forrest

I’ve also met our lovely patron, Nicola Forrest, CEO of Minderoo Foundation, who is fantastically inspiring and full of great stories and practical advice on how to impart the culture of giving to future generations.

Anyway, tomorrow night is the night we vote for our TWO winners!

At the moment we have 5 finalists. They and their proposed projects all sound pretty amazing. I have my eye on my favourite – the charity that moves me the most. You can read about them here.

I hope to be sharing a bit about all of these not-for-profits on my blog over the next few months. And I plan to do some volunteering for them too.

If you’re keen to join us for next year, in whatever capacity, it’s pretty easy.

Head over to their website to find out more!

And follow us on our Facebook page to keep in touch!