Following the announcement of the 30 charities who were invited to submit an expression of interest for a 2020 Impact100 SA grant, an information night was held on 4 September at Seymour College, which was attended by more than 60 people.
The charity representatives were excited to have been nominated and there was a great buzz in the room as the nominees heard from Peter Biber and Wayne Turner, Chief Executive Officer and Chairperson of 2019 winner Grandparents for Grandchildren SA as they shared some of their experiences about the application process. An Impact100 SA member and Grants Assessment Committee member also spoke about the process and answered questions.
Thank you to our Impact members who attended the night and special thanks to Seymour College Principal Kevin Tutt, for generously providing a venue for the event. Support from organisations like Seymour College enable us to ensure 100% of your donation goes to supporting charities rather than used for operating expenses.
As a reminder, the 30 nominated charities are:
Barefoot to Boots Limited
Bikes for Refugees
Birthing Kit Foundation Australia
Carly Ryan Foundation
Cottages 4 Country Care
Cystic Fibrosis SA Inc
Dress for Success
Essentials for Women SA (E4WSA)
Lion Hearts Learning
Living Without Limits
Mary Potter Foundation*
RAEY of Hope Children’s Charity
Refugee Advocacy Service
Safe Pets Safe Families
Sight For All
Technical Aid for the Disabled SA
Welcoming Australia (The Welcome Centre in Bowden)
*Please note that Mary Potter Foundation has kindly advised that they will not be pursuing an Impact100 SA grant due to their ineligibility this year on financial grounds following a very successful year of fundraising.
We have also received the following response from AllKids who will not be submitting an expression of interest.
AllKids have made a conscious decision to consolidate our programs for the 2019/2020 financial year. A rapidly changing economic and social environment here in Cambodia, a general lack of confidence in global business confidence and the falling Australia $, are all contributing to uncertainty and making it difficult to develop effective plans into the future. For these reasons, we have decided that we will not venture into any new programs or program extensions until we have a clearer view of what lays ahead, but rather maintain the status quo. Unfortunately this rules out participation in the 2019 round of the Impact100SA funding proposals.
My personal thanks to you and all members of Impact100SA for nominating AllKids and I hope that we find ourselves in a position to take this opportunity in the future.Paul Otto, Country Director
We thank Mary Potter Foundation and AllKids for their frankness and honesty and wish them both all the best for the future.
The remaining 28 charities are now finalising their expressions of interest with the deadline for submissions Friday 4 October. Our Grants Assessment Committee volunteers will then meet to review the expressions of interest and select 8–10 charities who will be invited to submit a full application.
As in past years, we will have a member event in mid-March where members will vote for their top four organisations. This is followed by the Grant Announcement Evening on Wednesday 6 May 2020. More details to follow.