National forum produces ideas to bring home

INSPIRING CONVERSATIONS: National Community Foundation Forum participants (from left) Robin Mifsud, Mitchell Community Resources & Advocacy (MCRAG), Peter Toyne, Kinglake Ranges Community Foundation, Loretta Carroll, Into Our Hands Community Foundation, Jennifer Wood, MCRAG, Natalie Egleton, FRRR, Jackie Simms, King Lake Ranges and Margaret Rae, Murrindindi Shire mayor.

INSPIRING conversations at the National Community Foundation Forum held at Yarra Glen last week captured the attention of Loretta Carroll, chair of the Into Our Hands community foundation.

Ms Carroll was asked to participate on a panel to discuss community-led relief and recovery.

The four community foundations established post 2009 ‘Black Saturday’ bushfires came together with Australian Community Philanthropy and Foundation for Regional and Rural Renewal to host the National Forum.

The panel discussed the roles Community Foundations can have in encouraging local community development projects to grow community-led relief and recovery.

The highlight of the conference was a presentation from Canadian, Ian Bird, president of Community Foundations of Canada.

Mr Bird established a landmark effort called Smart and Caring Communities to ensure that every community in Canada has access to a community foundation and funds to respond to local priorities.

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