Sydney, Monday 20 June 2016

What a brilliant evening! In partnership with AMP Foundation, The Funding Network showcased four exceptional charities who are improving education and employment opportunities in our community.

A generous audience raised over $98,000 for the four finalists: Green Connect, Studio A, Daystar Foundation and Melbourne Indigenous Transition School. A special thank you to AMP Foundation who match-funded pledges on the night up to $10,000 for each charity.

See photos from the event and watch the videos.

Event partner:

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  1. Project #1: Green Connect

    Green Connect is a social enterprise that grows food sustainably and recovers waste. Green Connect actively employs refugees and at-risk youth, enabling them to put their ideas and talents to use in the community. The organisation hopes to raise funds for new HR and support systems to provide better support for its staff and lay the foundation for impact investment and growth.

    Watch the 6 minute pitch

    Funds raised: $25,560

    800x400 Read Green Connect's Application
    800x400 Read Green Connect's Financials

  2. Project #2: Studio A

    Studio A tackles the barriers that artists living with intellectual disability face in accessing conventional education, professional development pathways and opportunities needed to be successful and renowned visual artists. The enterprise paves professional pathways for such artists so they can achieve their artistic and economic aspirations. The organisation aims to fund a scholarship and bursary for a Studio A artist, facilitating in-depth opportunities to sustain a professional artistic practice and be matched with a specialist artist mentor.

    Watch the 6 minute pitch

    Funds raised: $22,100

    800x400 Read Studio A's Application
    800x400 Read Studio A's Financials

  3. Project #3: Daystar Foundation

    Daystar Foundation runs diverse Work for the Dole programs to assist the unemployed to become work-ready. The Foundation hopes to fund its social enterprise program called MOWtivation, which trains and employs disadvantaged groups to provide a cheaper alternative lawn mowing service to Bonnyrigg Housing Estate residents in Sydney's West.

    Watch the 6 minute pitch

    Funds raised: $27,850

    800x400 Read Daystar's Application
    800x400 Read Daystar's Financials

  4. Project #4: Melbourne Indigenous Transition School

    The Melbourne Indigenous Transition School (MITS) provides an innovative one-year transitional program for Year 7 students from remote Indigenous communities. Students live on campus in a home-style, culturally-celebratory environment and attend intensive classes with specialist teachers before transitioning into scholarships at Melbourne schools. MITS aims to fund further staff training and curriculum delivery as well as a part-time social worker to support student wellbeing.

    Watch the 6 minute pitch

    Funds raised: $28,000

    800x400 Read MITS' Application
    800x400 Read MITS' Financials