Queensland Funders hub turns one

22 12 09 Queensland Funders Hub

An Aboriginal Trust and Queensland’s oldest charity join the Queensland Funders Hub.

At Hand Heart Pocket we believe it’s only when we come together and collaborate that we can truly influence social change.

One way we are living out this approach is through the Queensland Funders Hub, a co-working space within our Ann Street office that enables us to work more closely with other funders and partners.

The Hub recently celebrated its first birthday and welcomed two new funders to work out of this central space, Wiri Yuwiburra Community Benefits Trust and The Lady Musgrave Trust. They join The John Villers Trust and Philanthropy Australia’s Queensland Manager, the national peak body for philanthropy.

Wiri Yuwiburra Community Benefits Trust supports the advancement of the Wiri, Yuwiburra and Barada Barna People whose ancestral land is west of Mackay, with grants programs in key areas such as education, sports, arts, business and research projects.

Their Trust Chair Ronald Saltner said, “Being part of a larger collective of Queensland funders enables us to share our unique history and the vital role First Nations’ knowledge will play in shaping our shared future.”

The Lady Musgrave Trust is Queensland’s oldest charity, which supports young women and their children facing homelessness to overcome barriers to start anew, with safe and supported accommodation and services that connect women to life saving information and organisations.

Chief Executive Officer Victoria Parker said, “The interconnected nature of the social issues each of our organisations is focussed on means it’s in all of our interests to work more closely and this working space allows for that.”

Hand Heart Pocket has also provided their adjoining office space to one of its systems change partners, the Thriving Queensland Kids Partnership, for a peppercorn lease.

Earlier this year, Hand Heart Pocket, The John Villiers Trust, the Bryan Foundation and Paul Ramsay Foundation also gave a combined total of $7.7 million towards the Thriving Queensland Kids Partnership over three years.

Convenor, Adjunct Professor Michael Hogan said, “The Partnership brings together dozens of agencies, institutes and community organisations that work with children and young people and their families to build the systems and structures that will best help children and young people to thrive. The office space gives us the perfect base – a Thriving Kids Hub – to connect, catalyse and learn together.”

Modeled on the Community of Giving approach in Melbourne, the Queensland Funders Hub has a shared communal kitchen, as well as bookable touch-down desks and meeting rooms.

“We have a great, central office and want to issue a standing invitation to funders and social impact organisations from other States to work from our space whenever they are in Queensland,” Hand Heart Pocket CEO Sara Parrott said.

“The Hub has already succeeded in bringing funders together to work on new partnerships. We know that more and better philanthropy will come from this sharing of space and ideas,” she said.

To find out more about the Queensland Funders Hub or to make a casual booking, email hub@handheartpocket.org.au or get in touch with any of the five organisations through their websites, or to connect with TQKP.








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