Following on from the Canberra Foundation Collaborative grant round held early this year, the overwhelming feedback from all applicants was a desire for us to create opportunities to bring them together to share and learn from one another.
So yesterday the Canberra Foundations Collaborative, which consists of Hands Across Canberra, the John James Foundation and The Snow Foundation, held an end-of-year celebration with over 100 people working in the for-purpose sector. The event was held at a marquee provided by the John James Foundation in the gardens at Old Parliament House with catering from two social enterprise cafes, Cafe Stepping Stone and PCYC’s Cruisin Cafe – both recipients from the grant round.
During the event, we held a panel discussion with three grant partners, Dr Merri Andrews from Women’s Health Matters, Nic Stuart from Ability News, and Lisa Wylde from Toora Women Incorporated, who each gave us an insight into their organisation and an overview of the project which received funding.
Additionally, CEOs – Joe Roff from the John James Foundation, Peter Gordon from Hands Across Canberra, and Georgina Byron from the Snow Foundation were interviewed by Francis Owusu from Kulture Break, and shared their insights and commitment to continue to support and build on the momentum of the sector to work together to create more significant impact in our community.
We know that at events like this, new connections are made, ideas are shared, and there is a genuine desire to collaborate on solving common problems. We always learn something when we come together.
Expressions of interest for the next Canberra Foundations Collaboration grant round will open in mid-February 2023. Watch this space.