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l-r: Dr Erica Frydenberg, President Oz Child; Ross Lake, President Mallee Family Care; Vernon Knight, CEO Mallee Family Care; Prof. Aron Shlonsky, University of Melbourne; Charles Goode, Chairman Ian Potter Foundation; Dr Luke Rumbold CEO Upper Murray Family Care; Bruce du Vergier, Project Coordinator; l-r (front row) Janet Hirst, CEO The Ian Potter Foundation; Lisa Sturzenegger, CEO Oz Child

The Foundation is delighted to announce that a Commemorative Grant of $500,000 has been awarded to Mallee Family Care on behalf of the Independent Agency Network (IAN).

Mallee Family Care, Upper Murray Family Care and Oz Child deliver services to some of Victoria’s most disadvantaged children and families. Together the agencies have formed a consortium that aims to develop integrated client management database and other systems, in partnership with the University of Melbourne.

Like many Australian not-for-profits, one of their greatest challenges is ensuring their efforts and resources are directed to those who need them most. To do this more efficiently they are pooling resources to develop a new system that will enable them to comply with the rigorous, and often repetitious, reporting requirements of state and federal funding agencies. The database will allow greater efficiencies within their organisations and deliver meaningful improvements to their operations. Most importantly for the members of IAN, the system will collect and customise information as to what works and what doesn’t, allowing them to improve their practice and to improve outcomes for vulnerable children and their families.

“The objective of our Effective Organisations stream was to draw out ideas that bring about positive social change through well-managed and properly resourced organisations, that respond creatively and effectively to the needs of their constituents,” commented Janet Hirst Chief Executive Officer of The Ian Potter Foundation. “This is an excellent example of such a project. The most common request in the Commemorative Grants program was from NFPs wanting better databases and IT solutions so they could fulfil their reporting and compliance requirements more efficiently. The IAN consortium had already set the wheels in motion by combining their resources and experience, and this grant comes at the right time to help them achieve their goals.”

Mallee Family Care
Oz Child
Upper Murray Family Care


50th Anniversary,Commemorative Grants

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