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Sydney Community Foundation

Post Office Box R454
Royal Exchange, New South Wales 1225
Australia

Mission

To change and improve the quality of life across Sydney by connecting philanthropy to communities

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Most Meaningful Change

Our most meaningful change has been our work in Warwick Farm, a small community in the Liverpool area with approximately 3,000 residents that is characterized by generational unemployment, drugs and crime, homelessness and food insecurity. Within 12 months of establishing a collective impact program, we have 11 educational and employment projects running in the neighborhood and at its technology high school, which are funded by a diverse group of individual and corporate donors and private foundations.

2003 Year Founded
$420,000 Total Annual Grantmaking
Identifying Information
OrganizationSydney Community Foundation
Address 1Post Office Box R454
Address 2Did not answer
City / TownRoyal Exchange
State / RegionNew South Wales
ZIP / Postal Code1225
CountryAustralia
ContinentOceania
Map Address (If Different)
Map City / Town (If Different)Sydney
Map State / Region (If Different)Did not answer
Map Zip / Postal Code (If Different)2000
Map Country (If Different)Did not answer
Phone+61 2 9251 1229
Emailenquiries@sydneycommunityfoundation.org.au
Websitewww.sydneycommunityfoundation.org.au
Organization Leader (Name, Title)Rosalind Strong AM Chair
Primary Contact’s NameFelicity Leitch
Primary Contact’s PositionAdministration and Events
Foundation at a Glance
Year Founded2003
Mission StatementTo change and improve the quality of life across Sydney by connecting philanthropy to communities
Organization DescriptionCommunity Foundation
Other DescriptionDid not answer
Approximate Size of the Population ServicedDid not answer
Total Paid Staff (Full-Time Equivalents)3
Total Unpaid Staff (Full-Time Equivalents)2
Total Board Members11
Financial Information (in U.S. Dollars)
Organization’s Total Income in Last Fiscal Year$750,000
Organization’s Gifts Income in Last Fiscal YearDid not answer
Organization’s Total Expenditures in Last Fiscal Year$450,000
Organization’s Grantmaking Budget in Last Fiscal Year$420,000
Does Organization Have an EndowmentYes
Value of Endowment (or Financial Reserves) as of the End of Last Fiscal YearDid not answer
Change in Financial Status Over Last Three YearsSignificant improvement
Priorities and Achievements
Factors that Played a Role in the Origins of Your Organization
Community leadershipPlayed a centrally important role
Philanthropic giftsPlayed a centrally important role
Grassroots activismPlayed a centrally important role
Inadequate government servicesPlayed a slight role
Changes in the political environmentPlayed a slight role
Changes in the economic environmentDid not answer
Government initiative fundingPlayed an important role
Foundation initiative fundingPlayed a centrally important role
Bilateral or multilateral initiative fundingNo role
Favorable legal or fiscal policiesNo role
Time Spent Working in Following Areas
NeighborhoodLots of time
LocallyLots of time
RegionallyFair amount of time
NationallyVery little time
InternationallyNone
Rate Importance of the Following Functions
GrantmakingCentrally important
Having local people as leaders in the organizationCentrally important
Seeking local donationsCentrally important
Having a gender balance in the organizationCentrally important
Board reflective of community diversityCentrally important
Building an endowmentCentrally important
Serving donor needsCentrally important
Acting as a fiscal intermediary for the communityCentrally important
Building inclusion and trust in the communityCentrally important
Pursuing equityCentrally important
Accountability to local peopleCentrally important
Raising money for grantmaking annuallyCentrally important
Community developmentCentrally important
In the Last Year, Extent to Which Programming and/or Grantmaking Involved Work in the Following Areas
Arts and cultureFair amount
EducationLot
EnvironmentLittle
HealthLot
Human and social servicesLot
Human rightsLot
International relationsNot at all
ReligionNot at all
Economic developmentLot
Conflict resolution/bridging different parts of the communityFair amount
Information technologyLot
Strengthening local or regional governmentLot
HousingLot
ChildrenLot
WaterNot at all
Alternative energyNot at all
Disaster reliefNot at all
Advocacy with authoritiesFair amount
Job trainingLot
Nongrantmaking Services Offered to Community in Recent Years
Convening for issues of local concernOccasionally
Promote collaboration between granteesOften
Promote understanding of public policyOften
Training/capacity-building for local organizationsOften
AdvocacyOccasionally
Loaned staffDid not answer
ResearchRarely
Community needs assessmentOften
Leadership developmentOccasionally
InternshipsRarely
Providing space for local organizationsRarely
Access to information technologyRarely
Publishing/knowledge sharingOften
Main Trends Over the Past Year in Geographic Area Served
PovertyGetting better
CrimeGetting better
Trust among different sections of the communityGetting better
Equitable distribution of resources and servicesGetting better
Social position of marginalized groupsGetting better
Responsiveness of authoritiesGetting better
Appropriateness of public policiesGetting better
Value of community assetsGetting better
Quality of the environmentGetting better
Number of people and organizations working to change and improve their communityGetting much better
Levels of innovation and risk taking in addressing community problemsGetting much better
Networks and links between different parts of the communityGetting better
Gender equityGetting better
Charitable giving through the community foundationGetting better
Number of people and organizations involved in philanthropic givingGetting much better
Extent to Which Organization Can Claim Tangible and Measurable Achievements in the Past Three Years
PovertySome important achievements
CrimeWork in the sphere but no measurable achievement
Trust among different sections of the communitySome important achievements
Equitable distribution of resources and servicesSome important achievements
Social position of marginalized groupsSome important achievements
Responsiveness of authoritiesSome important achievements
Appropriateness of public policiesSome important achievements
Value of community assetsSome important achievements
Quality of the environmentSome important achievements
Number of people and organizations working to change and improve their communityMuch achievement
Levels of innovation and risk taking in addressing community problemsMuch achievement
Networks and links between different parts of the communitySome important achievements
Gender equityA few small achievements
Charitable giving through the community foundationSome important achievements
Number of people and organizations involved in philanthropic givingMuch achievement
Active Partnerships
Formal community associations and groupsLot
Informal associations of citizensLittle
Non-governmental organizationsLot
Local governmentLot
National governmentLittle
UniversitiesLittle
SchoolsLot
BusinessesLot
Partnerships and External Aid
Other Institutions Helpful to Our Work
National association of grantmakersN/A
Regional association of grantmakersN/A
Global Fund for Community FoundationsN/A
Particular foundationN/A
Other organizationN/A
Involvement of Local People
Regularly survey local people about our programsNo
Local people are engaged in the delivery of our workYes
Local people control what our organization doesYes
Have local people represented on our boardYes
Have regular sessions where local people advise us what our programs should doYes
Actively engage local people as volunteersYes
All of our board is composed of local peopleYes
Account to local people about our successes and failures each yearYes
Assistance in Overcoming Main Difficulties Faced in Developing Organization Further
Increased fundingVery important
Better legal or fiscal environmentVery important
More volunteersImportant
Access to advice or technical assistanceVery important
Better local culture of givingVery important
Stronger civil societyVery important
More responsive authoritiesVery important
OtherDid not answer
Most Meaningful Change
Most Meaningful Change that Organization Has Helped to Bring About in the Last Three YearsOur most meaningful change has been our work in Warwick Farm, a small community in the Liverpool area with approximately 3,000 residents that is characterized by generational unemployment, drugs and crime, homelessness and food insecurity. Within 12 months of establishing a collective impact program, we have 11 educational and employment projects running in the neighborhood and at its technology high school, which are funded by a diverse group of individual and corporate donors and private foundations.
 

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Identifying Information

Foundation at a Glance

Financial Information (in U.S. Dollars)

Priorities and Achievements
Factors that Played a Role in the Origins of Your Organization

Time Spent Working in Following Areas

Rate Importance of the Following Functions

In the Last Year, Extent to Which Programming and/or Grantmaking Involved Work in the Following Areas

Nongrantmaking Services Offered to Community in Recent Years

Main Trends Over the Past Year in Geographic Area Served

Extent to Which Organization Can Claim Tangible and Measurable Achievements in the Past Three Years

Active Partnerships

Partnerships and External Aid
Other Institutions Helpful to Our Work

Involvement of Local People

Assistance in Overcoming Main Difficulties Faced in Developing Organization Further

Most Meaningful Change

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