To celebrate 50 years of making a difference in the Australian community, The Ian Potter Foundation has awarded $5.5 million in a special program of 50th Anniversary Commemorative Grants. The grants have been offered in two streams: Effective Organisations and Building Communities. The grants will help 11 leading not-for-profit organisations take a quantum leap, with catalytic funding that will help them deliver projects that promise to bring enduring benefits to the Australian community.
The Ian Potter Foundation is delighted to award a 50th Anniversary Commemorative Grant of $500,000 to Lifeline for its United Lifeline program to bring greater efficiency to the organisation. Lifeline is a highly recognised, a highly valued institution, but its national structure is highly complex. It comprises 24 separate legal entities, 34 boards with more than 300 directors, and 42 Lifeline Centres operating from 60 locations across all states and territories. The grant will help Lifeline audit and improve their governance structure and develop efficiencies and cost savings that will enable Lifeline to direct more resources directly to the provision of their life-saving services.
The United Lifeline program is one of the most significant and ambitious that Lifeline has faced in its history. Backed by the unanimous support of its members, this carefully planned program of consultation, analysis, and implementation of recommendations will take three years and help Lifeline prepare for many years ahead of helping people in crisis.
“Demand for our services continues to outstrip capacity and is increasing so this United Lifeline program is vital to ensure we are able to meet demand,” said Lifeline CEO, Jane Hayden. “This program will allow Lifeline to retain its community focus while expanding its presence. The review will mean that Lifeline centres will operate more efficiently to better serve both constituents and the invaluable volunteers. Importantly Lifeline will be able to answer more calls and improve our response rate from 81.2 per cent to 95 per cent.”
Chief Executive Officer of the Ian Potter Foundation, Janet Hirst said, “The 50th Anniversary of The Ian Potter Foundation comes one year after the 50th anniversary of Lifeline. Over the years we have awarded 62 grants to 14 different Lifeline branches across Australia totalling $342,000. We are delighted to be supporting this wonderful organisation as it unifies to become stronger and more effective.”