Established in 1987, the Melbourne Anglican Foundation was the inspiration of Archbishop David Penman who thought it was critical that the Diocese look for new ways to raise funds for future ministries. An initial seventy-five members paid a joining fee which made up the corpus on which the Foundation was built.
The Melbourne Anglican Foundation supports the work of the Anglican Church in Melbourne and Geelong.
Since its inception the Foundation has evolved into administering a number of other funds:
The corpus is invested by a board of directors and provides an income stream to cover administration and staff costs and to provide for the distribution of grants to approved diocesan and parish projects.
- The Melbourne Anglican Youth Fund
- The Melbourne Anglican Foundation Chaplaincy Fund
- Migrants and Refugees Settlement Fund
- Melbourne Anglican Benevolent Society
- Melbourne Anglican Cultural Organisation
If you wish to take up this unique opportunity to support the Anglican Church by becoming a member of the Foundation please contact:
Ms Sharon Osborne
Tel: (03) 9653 4286
Seeing the Anglican community engaging with many people from many different walks of life is one of the joys of being Executive Officer of the Melbourne Anglican Foundation (MAF).
When putting together this supplement, even I was surprised by the number of projects and positions we have supported in the past year. These include 14 positions that we fund (or part fund) within parishes and the Diocesan office. In addition to these positions and some of the grants we have reported on in this supplement, we are also currently auspicing 16 programs through the Melbourne Anglican Benevolent Society, four of which are meals programs. The Melbourne Anglican Cultural Organisation is auspicing eleven programs, which include choir development, education and the writing of a book. At last count we will be supporting three camps in 2012 including The Long Weekend and the Karen Youth Camp, later in the year.
All of this work would not be possible without the structure and governance provided by our Board. In the past year the Board have undertaken a strategic plan, a stakeholder management plan and appointed new Investment managers for our corpus. The efforts put into managing our investments by the Finance Committee have produced a satisfying result in a difficult economic climate.
At our recent AGM Mr Richard Tudor resigned as Chairman of the Board. I would like to thank Rick for the hard work and generosity of time and spirit that he has put into Chairing the Foundation. Fortunately, he will be continuing as a Board member. Mr Peter Mason has accepted the position of Chairman and I look forward to working with Peter in the future.
I am reminded of the hymn, New Commandment (Together in Song 699) the fourth and fifth lines say “By this will others know that you are my disciples, if you have love one for another.” It is in this spirit of love and outreach that we mark ourselves Christians, and through which I hope the work of the Foundation continues to grow.
I ask you to consider supporting this work by making a donation using the form over the page, or contacting me on (03) 9653 4286.
Thank you for partnering with us in the ministries of the Diocese.