NAB Foundation announces over $1.4m in funding

The NAB Foundation has today announced over $1.4 million in funding for six organisations, to assist in family and domestic violence, and financial resilience initiatives.

The NAB Foundation supports issues important to NAB customers and the wider Australian community, with social cohesion and financial resilience at the heart of this year’s grants program.

For the first time since its establishment in 2008, the NAB Foundation is supporting purpose-driven organisations and for-profit social enterprises to help them develop innovative ideas and build capacity to grow and have a greater impact.

This year, the NAB Foundation has provided seed funding to The University of Melbourne to test and refine an evidence-based smartphone tool (e-Mate). e-Mate is designed to change the behaviours of men who have been, or are likely to be, violent in intimate relationships.

Similarly, social enterprise Two Good Co, has received seed funding to build capacity through a new digital platform. Two Good Co creates and delivers meals to victims of domestic violence, and provides employment pathways for victims of domestic violence.

Thrive grants have also been awarded to the Luke Batty Foundation to support their Ambassador Program, which will assist in educating and raising awareness around domestic violence; the Sydney Children’s Hospital Foundation in the area of Child Protection and Counselling Services (CPCS); Infoxchange for its Ask Izzy interactive mobile information tool, which will connect essential services for victims of domestic violence; and WIRE – Women’s Information, which supports the education and resourcing of finance professionals to help women improve their financial capabilities.

The grants span over three years, with organisations each receiving up to $500,000 in funding.

NAB Chief Customer Officer of Consumer Banking and Wealth, Andrew Hagger, said supporting initiatives led by purpose-driven organisations and for-profit social enterprises had added a new meaning to this year’s grant program.

“By extending the grants to a wider group of purpose-led organisations, the NAB Foundation can help support innovation in the philanthropic space, as well as continue to support established not-for-profits with their initiatives.

“We are proud to partner with organisations in our community, working together towards common goals of supporting those who suffer from financial inequality, and addressing family and domestic violence,” Mr Hagger said.

 

Further information on NAB Foundation grant recipients:

Luke Batty Foundation

The Luke Batty Foundation was established by Rosie Batty in memory of her son Luke, a victim of domestic violence killed by his father in 2014. Their vision is that all Australians are engaged in ending domestic and family violence. Informed by the voices of women and children, their purpose is to deepen an understanding of domestic and family violence; to drive and effect attitudinal, cultural and systemic change.

Sydney Children’s Hospital Foundation

Sydney Children’s Hospital Foundation exists to fund ground-breaking research and everyday clinical care at Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick. The Hospital has introduced a new model of care in its Child Protection Counselling Service (CPCS) that aims to promote safety, reduce the impact of harm and improve the well-being of children and young people, in the hope of decreasing intergenerational violence and domestic abuse. The Interdisciplinary Reparative Project (IRP), a world-first, supports recovery from complex childhood trauma through a new relational model that combines counselling therapy with parents and the intervention of an Occupational Therapist working with both parent and child.

Infoxchange

Infoxchange is a not-for-profit social enterprise that delivers technological products and services to tackle social challenges within the community. These tools range from nation-wide service coordination systems to IT advice for individual organisations, including the interactive mobile information tool Ask Izzy. The organisation strives to solve family violence, homelessness, mental health and issues facing people with disabilities, the elderly, Aboriginal, Maori and Pasifika communities through smart and efficient technology.

University of Melbourne

The University of Melbourne will refine and test a world-first evidence-based smartphone tool for men who have used violence in their intimate relationships (e-MATE). The tool, which is based on pilot work with men and health practitioners aims to intervene early by raising awareness of abusive behaviours and encouraging self-reflection and help-seeking before violence escalates.

Two Good Co

Two Good Co is a buy-one, give-one social enterprise serving organic meals designed by some of Australia’s best chefs. For every Two Good meal purchased, one is delivered to a women in a domestic violence shelter in Australia. They also employ women from the refuges they serve and provide them with culinary training with the aim to promote self-worth. Since Two Good was launched in 2015, more than 20,000 meals have been delivered to people in need.

WIRE

WIRE Women’s Information is the only state-wide women’s service that provides information, referral and confidential support to all Victorian women regardless of the issues they face.  WIRE offers a range of training programs for women in an environment that is free of exploitation and discrimination. The organisation researches and advocates on issues impacting women including financial literacy and economic security, gender equity and violence against women

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