Greater funding goes a long way

The Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care (SNAICC) is the national NGO peak body representing the interests of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families. The objectives of the organisation’s projects are to improve the wellbeing and lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and their families. SNAICC develops policy, conducts research, provides resources and a training focusing on the family welfare sector and the early childhood education sector.

LV’s GreatConnections placed Carolyne Cohn (EBLP 2007) as a skilled volunteer to support them develop a database of possible grants of interest and assist with writing grant applications. SNAICC received DGR (Deductible Gift Recipient) status and is now developing a fund raising plan to encourage donations and grants for internships, traineeships, research projects and community development resources. 

“One of the tasks I did regularly in my paid employment was respond to tender documents so amongst the skills I nominated to GreatConnections was grant writing. I have since learnt that the differences are more common than the similarities in these tasks. GreatConnections matched me with SNAICC eighteen months ago and as their fundraising activities progressed I have been involved in sourcing grant information; writing grants and generally learning about the organisation and the great people who work there,” comments Carolyne.

“Volunteering has enriched my life as not only can I use some skills I had I am regularly being challenged to develop new skills, think about new activities and gain insights into my community which in turn broaden my horizons.”

Sue Beecher is the SNAICC Manager of Philanthropy/fundraising and oversees the diversification of SNAICC’s funding sources. The outcomes of the fundraising projects are to strengthen SNAICC's funding base and to be able to complete projects that are not currently funded under our core funding.

“We are, for example, currently looking for funding for an Aboriginal graduate internship position. The impact of this will not only strengthen the cultural knowledge of the work we conduct at SNAICC, it will also provide a culturally safe environment for a young graduate to develop skills and experience in the areas of policy and resource development,” said Sue.