CELEBRATING A UNIQUE PARTNERSHIP: ALNF & THE GREATER CHARITABLE FOUNDATION

As part of our work raising language and literacy standards in some of Australia’s most marginalised communities , ALNF is privileged to partner with some truly visionary people and organisations – wonderful changemakers who make a difference to children’s lives every day.

The dedicated and passionate team at Greater Charitable Foundation are a stellar example of the true potential that lies within charitable partnerships and the myriad of possibilities that can open up when like-minded organisations work together to bring about change.

The Greater Charitable Foundation has been a key supporter of ALNF’s Early Language and Literacy program since 2019, sharing our vision and helping to transform the literacy and life outcomes of over 430 children, training and upskilling 58 educators, and empowering communities across the greater Taree region.

Today, we would like to shine the spotlight on this inspiring organisation, in recognition of all that we have achieved together and in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Greater Charitable Foundation.

With a mission to improve life outcomes, the Greater Charitable Foundation has a proud tradition of supporting its local community, working with a number of charity partners throughout NSW and South-East Queensland since its inception in 2011.

Immediately inspired by ALNF’s vision that ‘literacy is freedom’, the Greater Charitable Foundation entered this unique three-year partnership in support of ALNF’s belief that ‘literacy allows individuals to access education, participate meaningfully in our society and to have a voice’.

So why target the Taree Community in particular? With many customers and employees residing within this beautiful part of the world, the Greater Charitable Foundation has been passionate about achieving holistic outcomes for the broader community in this region. Inspired by the work that ALNF was already doing in the area, the Foundation saw this partnership as a way to contribute to this passion-driven work.

“The [ALNF] program is tailor-made and designed to achieve maximum impact for children that participate, and the community within which the program is delivered. Like with everything ALNF does, the EL&L Taree program has also been built on the basis of significant research. Its strength and importance also resides in the program’s community-led approach. The fact that it will be continuing to deliver long-term outcomes for these children, and the community, for years to come is just an added bonus!”, says Kelly Gannon, Communications and Stakeholder Engagement Specialist, dedicated member of the Greater Charitable family, and friend of ALNF.

Throughout this partnership, the team at ALNF has also been lucky enough to work with Anne Long, a passionate advocate of education and literacy (pictured with ALNF Co-Founders Kim Kelly and Mary-Ruth Mendel).

An avid reader as a child, with a love of the classic tale “Anne of Green Gables”, Anne agrees that “education – in particular, literacy – is the key to unlocking disadvantage so I believe it is critical that every person is provided with the skills to build their capability and have access to a literate future.”

An active member of a number of life-changing organisations including Perinatal Anxiety & Depression Australia and the Hunter Corporate Collaborative, what inspires Anne in continuing to engage in community-led work? “I am fortunate that every day I go to work, I feel I am helping facilitate practical and tangible support for some of our community’s most disadvantaged members”, she says.

With team members like Anne, it’s not surprising to see an unrelenting commitment to community across the entire Greater Charitable organisation!

Currently supporting another 2 charity organisations throughout NSW and South-East Queensland, all of the Foundation’s funded programs are aimed at creating long-term change for beneficiaries, ranging from early intervention support, youth re-engagement education and employment programs.

The Foundation also has a strong commitment to volunteering, duly recognised when they were awarded the NSW Corporate Volunteer Team of the Year at the 2020 NSW Volunteer of the Year Awards ceremony.

“Like ALNF, we are so passionate about the work that we do, and believe we are the lucky ones to be able to fund and partner with organisations creating such impactful and lasting change throughout our communities”.

 

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