Brent Finlay (NFF), FRRR CEO and Simon Winter (RIRDC) at Heywire presentation dinner in February 2014.

Partnerships and networks - working collaboratively and sharing insights

As you read, hover over each of the images to see who we have worked with.

  • Our collaborative model was featured in the US publication Nonprofit Quarterly, with the author acknowledging the unique government and philanthropic partnership that is FRRR, and contemplating such a model for rural communities in the US.
  • FRRR continued to chair and coordinate the Philanthropy Australia ‘Rural and Regional Affinity Group’. At quarterly meetings, the group discusses innovative approaches to grant making for rural and regional impacts; explores issues being experienced in rural and regional communities; and enhances collaboration and engagement across the sector. Topics covered in 2013/14 included poverty and disadvantage; sustainable agriculture and food systems; and sport & charitable purpose.
  • FRRR was named twice in a list of the Top 50 Philanthropic Gifts of all time, acknowledging both FRRR and the Rural Education Program. At the event, we showcased the REP projects with this video.
  • Our CEO was appointed to the Project Advisory group for the Civil Society National Centre of Excellence.
  • Our CEO undertook a Study Tour of the US, beginning with a Fundraising Conference in San Antonio, Texas, courtesy of Perpetual Trustees. The purpose of this trip was to reflect, learn and explore new opportunities and better, more efficient ways to do things. It involved stopping off in seven US states and, with the support of the Pratt Foundation, Israel.

Speaking engagements and industry conferences included:

  • Heywire Youth Summit in Canberra, where we mentored young people.
  • Attended the Queensland Rural, Regional and Remote Women's Network (QRRRWN) Ag show lunch panel discussion in Toowoomba with six agri-business women.
  • Presented at the Festival of Ideas panel in Melbourne.
  • Attended the inaugural nexus youth summit in Sydney.
  • Addressed students in Buderim, Queensland, about philanthropy.
  • Attended the Australian Environmental Grantmakers' Network (AEGN) National Conference in Melbourne.
Alexandra Gartmann in Washington, USA, during a study tour exploring rural poverty and philanthropy.
Annie Wright presenting to students in Buderim, QLD.
Alexandra Gartmann with Gary Samowitz from the Jewish Funders Network.
FRRR was acknowledged twice in the Philanthropy Australia Top 50 Philanthropic Gifts of all time.*
Alexandra Gartmann attended a Fundraising Conference in the US, thanks to support from Perpetual.
Sidney Myer Fund representatives visited FRRR’s office in Bendigo, VIC.
FRRR’s collaborative was model featured in the US publication - Nonprofit Quarterly

* Photo courtesy of Philanthropy Australia.