Travelling North

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Last month, the program management team and CEO Craig Connelly headed to the Northern Territory, visiting Alice Springs and Darwin to meet with our grantees and to speak to potential grantseekers. 

First stop was Alice Springs where Louise Arkles our Arts Program Manager and Program Officer Subhadra Mistry gave presentations to local arts organisations and artists. All those who attended were very engaged and appreciative of the opportunity to ask questions about the Foundation’s approach to arts grantmaking. In turn, our team learned that the arts community in places like Alice Springs is extremely fluid. Talented local young people often move away, possibly returning when they’re older while interstate arts workers and practitioners come to Alice Springs for limited periods because they are attracted to the thriving arts community and natural beauty of the region. This fluidity along with a lack of paid permanent positions in this arts community means organisations can find it difficult to attract and retain talented people for extended periods.

The other members of our program management team spent the time in Alice Springs visiting not-for-profits to find out more about how they operate and what they want to achieve. You can read about the team's visit to Children's Ground in the latest CEO Report.

The team then headed to Darwin for our 2018 Grantseeker Forum held at the Menzies School of Health Research. This half-day event brought together over 60 representatives of not-for-profits.  Three sessions from this forum were also presented as webinars on the day. Videos of these sessions are now available on YouTube: Introduction and Q&A, Evaluation & SMART KPIs, and Budgets & Financials 101.

The session on budgets and financials was run by our CEO Craig Connelly and explained what the Foundation needs to see in an organisation's financial reports and what program managers are looking for in a project budget when they review a grant application.

Squirrel Main, our Research & Evaluation Manager, gave another of her popular evaluation workshops outlining what’s required for good evaluation and how to set SMART KPIs. 

Results from our post-event survey indicate that overall participants found the forum provided them with valuable insights and a better understanding of the Foundation’s grantmaking approach.  Attendees made the following comments when asked what they found to be the most valuable aspect of the event:

'Spending time listening to Ian Potter Foundation staff increased my understanding of their organisation, which should improve our capacity to have a stronger relationship.'

'Meeting the Ian Potter team face to face - so great to have them come to us.'

'Hearing from senior people at IPF about the organisation, methods and other projects that have been funded recently.'

Thank you to all the people who attended the Forum. It was wonderful to meet you all and learn more about your organisations and programs. We'd also like to especially thank the Menzies School of Health Research for hosting this event. 

You can also view last year’s Introduction to the Ian Potter Foundation  webinar from the Grantseeker Forum held in Brisbane.


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