Our Impact

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Grant funding provided to projects for lgbtqia+ communities
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Major Grants Awarded
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Research articles & reports
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Partner Organisations

Pictured: Mellem speaking at our Disability Forum in Feb 2019

Our Achievements

  • We have developed a truly national focus and reach
  • We are growing incrementally in our fundraising and grant giving
  • We are stimulating further funding development by seed funding areas of need
  • We are achieving long term social change in overcoming LGBTQIA+ disadvantage and discrimination
  • We are building capacity through our partnerships and focus on collaboration, both within LGBTQIA+ community and in the mainstream, and developing capacity within our LGBTQIA+ communities across all ages and among the most marginalised groups. 
  • We rigorously evaluate our work to demonstrate the impact that our donors and partners achieve, and to continuously improve our effectiveness and efficiency.

WORKING FOR OUR COMMUNITIES

Pride Foundation Australia (formerly GALFA) became operational in 2007 and since that time has: 
Funded a range of purposeful and impactful projects for and by LGBTQIA+ communities
donation, charity, humanity
Fundraised to increase the organisation’s scale and impact of projects and support our sustainability
Identified and built partnerships and collaborations with mainstream philanthropy
Commissioned projects to understand the needs of the LGBTQIA+ communities and people of Australia

Major Grants

We funded the first project in 2011. In 2015 we co-funded for the first time with The Sidney Myer Foundation to offer a grant round, and this collaboration continues over two grant rounds per year. In 2016 our first bequest enabled further expansion of our grants program.

We have 2 major targeted grant rounds per year in collaboration with the Sidney Myer Fund with a total amount of $40,000 of which PFA contributes $20,000 per year. We measure success in a number of ways including the grant round traction, the application success rate, the national reach and the geographical reach.

Major Grant Focus Area

2011

Families – Individual commission

2012–2013

Youth, Families and Ageing

2014–2016

Ageing – with Sidney Myer Fund

2017–2019

Disability – with Sidney Myer Fund

2018

Suicide – Individual commission; donor preference

2020–2021

Refugee and Asylum Seeker – with Sidney Myer Fund

Pictured: Refugee Advice & Casework Service, recipient of a PFA & Sidney Myer Grant in 2020

Major Grant Application Numbers

National LGBTQIA+ Health Alliance Virtual Visitors program, Myer-GALFA grant of $15,000, Round 1, 2015.

Connecting via a digital platform does make a difference to the lives of older LGBTQIA+ people who are experiencing isolation. They have actively engaged and continued to do so with the new technology. A Virtual Visitors program is achievable and makes a strong impact on the psychosocial wellbeing of LGBTQIA+ older people. Connecting LGBTQIA+ older people with peers has enabled them to have open and candid conversations about mental health, wellbeing, care-planning, obtain advice and normalise their experiences. Participants told us;

• Their general mood was happier

• They look forward to their Skype call each week

• They feel more connected to people, specifically other LGBTQIA+ people

• 1 person shared that they have stopped experiencing suicidality since joining the program

• With support from staff, the technology has been easy to use – 1 person’s advice to new comers was “don’t be afraid of the tablet, Carmel (staff member) will fix everything”

• Another person shared “after years of social isolation, at last I feel I have friends who understand me and don’t judge me for who I am.”

Acquittal report, Jan 2018

PAST MAJOR GRANT RECIPIENTS

Since 2016, we’ve funded major grant rounds of up to $25,000 towards systemic change for the betterment of LGBTQIA+ communities.

Small Grants Outcomes

Supporting grassroots lgbtqia+ organisations

Since July 2017 we have had 4 small grant rounds per year for a total of $10,000, with most rounds resulting in 4 to 5 small grants awarded of $500 each. These grants have been increasingly popular amongst individuals and tiny grass roots LGBTQIA+ organisations. A total of 156 applications have been received to December 2020 resulting in 67 small grants receiving a total of $27,500.

The Small Grants program fills a gap that has existed in philanthropic support for small community groups, especially in regional and rural areas and for emerging activist and community groups. We understand that it is often difficult for these groups to access our large grants or mainstream philanthropy due to the requirement for legal status such as incorporation, and DGR status or finding an auspice that has DGR status.

Notably, a higher proportion of rural and regional applications have been successful than in the larger grant rounds with 28 of the 56 successful applicants (50%) being rural or regional compared with 17% of the large grant applicants.

Location of successful small grant applicants

AllOut social group, Blacktown NSW, Small grant recipient round 2, 2019 for low-risk social events within a safe space, and by establishing and promoting positive representations of queer people in Blacktown

“We were able to comfortably resource a number of events across a four month period. Examples of these events included a pizza and games night, (non-alcoholic) paint-n-sip event, and an end of year dinner event. We saw an estimate of 80 young people attending one or more of the events across the four month period.

We were unexpectedly contacted by a NDIS support worker youth service. At two of our events (paint-n-sip, end of year dinner) we hosted multiple LGBTIQ+ young people from this service. This was a benefit as it allowed us to develop connections with other services and become more inclusive as a service ourselves.”

Past Small Grant Recipients

Our Small Grants Program has been running since 2017. We are the only philanthropic organisation providing small funds to grassroots community organisations that improve the resources and connection for the LGBTQIA+ community. 

Financial information

Where the money comes from

Source of funds 19/20 financial year

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Where the money goes

Expenditure to December 2020

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Expenditure against funding source

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Expenditure

We aim to be financially efficient keeping administrative costs as low as possible and spending a significant proportion of funds raised on a mix of small and larger grants and commissioned projects.

Our income increased significantly in 2018, as the result of a Victorian Government community capacity development grant. This enabled us to engage a marketing consultant to develop our marketing strategy resulting in a rebranding of the organisation, formerly GALFA, to Pride Foundation of Australia. This role ended in March 2019 and was replaced by a part-time marketing and communications manager role that is now ongoing. This position is currently funded by a Snow Foundation grant.

As our fund raising has accelerated, particularly since 2016, this has enabled a proportionate growth in projects funded in a given year. Since the organisation began granting in 2011, the average proportion of our income used to fund projects has been 46%; however this has significantly increased over the last 2 years to 72%. We have an ongoing target of 75% of all income raised to be used to support projects, with no more than 25% for essential administrative spending including attending community events, promotions, meeting costs and financial audit (part pro-bono).

We know that it is essential to spend money on marketing and communications to attract more donations. Some of our funds raised are also invested ethically to build our corpus, which is essential to ensure the future sustainability of Pride Foundation Australia. To date, we have invested $100,000.