Executive Officer’s Message
The last year has seen TFFF take some time to critically reflect on our philanthropic giving since inception. In doing so, the Foundation has refined our grant making themes and primary objectives to ensure our giving is strategic, impactful, and reaches those grassroots community organisations working diligently to achieve change. You can learn more about our themes and objectives on our website.
The Foundation understands the importance of long-term support for organisations and demonstrates this in our work, with the majority of our giving supporting multi-year initiatives. Similarly, our commitment to working with communities and grassroots organisations making significant change is reflected in the increasing proportion of our grant making that is intentionally initiated and fostered by TFFF.
In 2014-15 TFFF increased its focus on initiating support for selected arts organisations to assist them to build their capacity to work with communities in rural, regional and remote Queensland. While continuing capacity support for Camerata of St John’s and Dancenorth, TFFF also made significant commitments to Flying Arts Alliance Inc, Opera Queensland and Queensland Ballet.
The TFFF made our first social impact investment in 2014-15, co-investing with the Queensland Government to establish the Arts Business Innovation Fund (ABIF). Administered by Foresters Community Finance, the fund is aimed at building capacity within Queensland’s arts sector through an equal co-investment of grant and loan monies.
Maintaining our commitment to collaborate wherever possible, TFFF partnered with Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal to deliver the Tackling Tough Times Together small grants program and Arts Queensland to establish ABIF and with other philanthropic partners in support of initiatives within our focus areas.
2015 also saw the Foundation launch our new website. We see this as an important portal through which to inform the philanthropic sector of our work, and to showcase the work of our grantees. We trust that you will enjoy reading the case studies that highlight the important, challenging and innovative work undertaken by our grantees.
In the coming year, the Foundation looks forward to continuing to partner with organisations who seek to support resilient and thriving communities in rural, regional and remote Queensland and the Northern Territory.