Sydney, Thursday 10 March 2016

Over 200 guests gathered at Macquarie Group on Thursday 10 March in Sydney in support of four innovative charities: Bus Stop Films, KidsGive, Grameen Australia and Literacy For Life Foundation.

Over $277,000 was raised - a remarkable collective effort! 
This event was also generously match-funded by four family foundations and the Macquarie Group Foundation. 

See photos from the event and watch the pitches.

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  1. Project #1: Bus Stop Films

    Bus Stop Films is a voluntarily run, not for profit organisation, dedicated to building the confidence, English skills and life-ready skills of people with an intellectual disability and others from marginalised communities, through giving them access to a ‘film school experience’. They are currently developing a film studies curriculum based on the last four years of the program and are being assisted by Robyn Ewing AM in it's development. They are seeking funding to turn the curriculum into an online resource so it can be accessed by more organisations and individuals.

    Watch the 6 minute pitch

    Funds raised: $66,150

    800x400 Read Bus Stop Films' Application
     Read Bus Stop Films' Financials

  2. Project #2: KidsGive

    KidsGive is changing kids' lives by enabling them to change the lives of others. Their Kids Ambassador Teams (KATs) and unique crowd funding platform for kids' projects inspires resilience, leadership and entrepreneurial endeavour. The KATs program is designed to develop the next generation of Australian philanthropists. They are seeking funding to support the development of a KATs Facilitator Manual and associated online support materials so they can expand KATs into schools and corporates across Australia.

    Watch the 6 minute pitch

    Funds raised: $60,450

    800x400 Read KidsGive's Application
     Read KidsGive's Financials

  3. Project #3: Grameen Australia

    Grameen Australia is an independent local operation building on the legacy of Nobel Peace Prize winner Professor Muhammad Yunus. Using the power of social business, they empower families living in extreme poverty to create sustainable wealth for themselves and jobs for their communities. They are seeking funding for a start-up microfinance centre in Montalban in metro Manila, Philippines. This government resettlement area is now home to families from riverbank danger zones where people have lost their homes, livelihoods, and communities. The new centre will provide microcredit, business training, and mentoring for at least 30 new entrepreneurs.

    Watch the 6 minute pitch

    Funds raised: $66,800

    800x400 Read Grameen Australia's Application
     Read Grameen Australia's Financials

  4. Project #4: Literacy for Life Foundation

    The Literacy for Life Foundation was established to address the issue of very low literacy levels in Aboriginal Adults. Originating in Cuba and applied in Australia to meet the needs of indigenous communities, the 'Yes I Can' model has taught more than 6 million people in 28 countries to read. Unlike other literacy programs, it focuses on helping to build a community culture that values and supports learning. Due to the remote locations, distance and accessibility, students often have difficulty in attending classes and post-literacy activities. They are seeking funding for a leased vehicle which would be a major asset in overcoming this issue.

    Watch the 6 minute pitch

    Funds raised: $86,050

    800x400 Read Literacy For Life's Application
     Read Literacy for Lifes' Financials