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Members of the Far North Coast Group of the Country Women’s Association of New South Wales (CWA) gathered in Lismore on Saturday for their Group Facts Day.

‘John Callanan, Chair of the Northern Rivers Community Foundation (NRCF), with NRCF supporter Beverly Masters at the philanthropy event held last Thursday 4 April at Rockinghorse Studios.’

Over 120 people, many of them new to NRCF functions, attended an information evening about NRCF with pro broadcaster Angela Catterns last Thursday at Rockinghorse Studios. A tight group of individuals who have been recipients of annual grants spoke meaningfully about the difference NRCF had either made to them personally or to their organisations.

NRCF is a community philanthropic organisation that channels funds from generous donors in the Northern Rivers to fuel innovative and sustainable projects and programs that have the greatest impact in effecting positive social change.

Their five areas or themes are youth, disability, health and wellbeing, environment and conservation, and aged services. During the 2019 Grants Round NRCF offered small grants from $2000 to $10,000. Since 2004 NRCF has granted in excess of $1.5m across the seven shires of the Northern Rivers.

A new Sustainable Food & Agriculture Fund was launched on the night raising $10,000 to seed the Fund. Once the fund reaches $50,000, they’ll be able to start distributing grants, which will focus on supporting not-for-profit organisations with educational scholarships (eg sending a young local person to study sustainable agriculture at university), site-specific projects (eg community gardens) and educational events such as Regenerative Ag or Biodynamic courses and workshops.

On the night, many attendees also signed up for the Donate a Coffee Campaign – you donate the value of a coffee a week as part of a regular donation to the Foundation.

Www.givenow.com.au/nrcfdonateacoffee has all the details.

NRCF chair John Callanan said, ‘I’m really grateful for the generosity in both time and money of our donors, and also the volunteers within the community organisations that we support with our small grants.’

Any individuals wanting to join this generous group of individuals, whether by donating or by providing a special skill or capability, are encouraged to contact the organisation through its website, nrcf.org.au. Ph: 0499 862 886

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