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The Australian Charities Fund

Information Overview

The Brotherhood of St Laurence

Mission: The Brotherhood of St Laurence will deliver services, develop

policy and support social change to help achieve our vision

for An Australian free of poverty by:

• empowering ourselves and the people we work with

• developing and building community capacity as part of

the community

• creating and developing enterprising projects and ventures as catalysts for individual and community transformation Year founded: Established during the Great Depression in 1930, the Brotherhood of St Laurence was the vision and creation of Fr Gerard Tucker, a man who combined his Christian faith with a fierce determination to end social injustice Geography / presence: The Brotherhood of St Laurence has community services in inner Melbourne, the Mornington Peninsula, and Melbourne’s outer northern suburbs. Our research, policy and advocacy work has a national focus. We have co-operative arrangements with loca; and national networks within the non for profit sector and are represented on governmental advisory committees throughout Australia.

Financial information:

FY 2007 FY 2006 Revenue (includes bequests) $73,846,000 $51,201,000 Operating Surplus / (Deficit) $490,000 $817,000 Revenue from Fundraising $3,800,435 $3,770,516 Cost of Fundraising (%) 5.1% 7.3% % of Revenue from Government 45% 46% Page 1 of 6 The Australian Charities Fund Information Overview

Corporate relationships:

Ÿ ANZ Ÿ AXA Ÿ Freehills Ÿ Diners Club Ÿ Pitcher Partners Ÿ SJB Architects Ÿ Lanier Ÿ TRUenergy

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The Board 2006 - 2007 Bishop Philip Huggins MA BEC (Non-Executive Chair from December 2005) Bishop of the Northern & Western Regions, Diocese of Melbourne. Chair, General Synod Ecumenical Relations Commission. Chair, Mission to Seafarers Victoria. Executive Member, National Council of Churches and Christian World Service Commission. Member, Finance, Nomination and Remuneration Committees. Appointed to BSL Board in November 2004.

Appointed Chair December 2005.

Jenny Trethewey BA, MA Prelim. (Deputy Chair) Manager New Projects, Leadership Victoria. Fellow of Leadership Victoria’s Williamson Community Leadership Program. Trustee of the Ronald Henderson Research Foundation.

Company Secretary, Australian Embassy for Timor-Leste Fund. Member, Audit & Risk, Nomination, Remuneration Committees; Aged & Community Care Future Directions Steering Committee. Appointed to Board in 2001.

Tony Nicholson BA, BSW (Executive Director) Executive Director, Brotherhood of St Laurence since October 2004. Previously Chief Executive Officer, Hanover Welfare Services. Director, Media Team Australia, Member of the Finance, Audit & Risk, Nomination and Remuneration Committees. Appointed to the Board in October 2004.

The Reverend Barbara Colliver BSW (Hons), BA, BD Vicar, St George’s, Ivanhoe East. Facilitator for Supervised Theological Field Education, Diocese of Melbourne. Council Member, Anglicare Victoria. Member, North Western Mental Health Research and Ethics Committee. Member, Archbishop-in-Council Melbourne. Member, Aged &

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Community Care Future Direction Working Group. Appointed to the Board in April 2003. On leave of absence for September-October 2006.

Celia Gerreyn BEc, LLB, ASA, FAICD, FICS Fellow, Chartered Secretaries Australia. Fellow, Australian Institute of Company Directors. Fellow of Leadership Victoria’s Williamson Community Leadership Program. ACLA Australian Government Lawyer of the Year 2004. General Counsel, Pacifica Group Limited (subsidiary of Robert Bosch GmbH). Member, Finance Committee. Appointed to the Board August 2003. On leave of absence for July 2006.

Mike James BComm Fellow, Institute of Chartered Accountants. Fellow, Taxation Institute of Australia. Member, Certified Practising Accountants of Australia. Retired Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers. Chair, Finance Committee. Appointed to the Board in March 2007.

Professor Jack Keating B.Econ., TSTC., PhD Professorial fellow, University of Melbourne; Associate Director, Centre for Post Compulsory Education and Lifelong Learning, University of Melbourne, Fellow, Australian College of Educators;

Member, Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority. Appointed to the Board in March 2007.

The Hon. Rob Knowles AO Chair, Foodstandards Australia New Zealand, Chair, Mental Health Council of Australia, President, Mental Illness Fellowship of Australia. Former Victorian Minister for Health, Aged Care and Housing. Commissioner for Complaints for the Commonwealth Government’s Aged Care Program. Appointed to the Board in December 2005; took up the position in March 2006.

Father James Minchin BA (Hons) [Classics], MA [Politics], ThL (Hons).

Vicar of Christ Church, St Kilda. Member, Standing Committee of the Commission for Christian World Service (National Council of Churches in Australia). Founding member of Christ Church Mission Inc. Appointed to the Board in June 1998.

Evan Thornley LLB, B.Comm.

Co-founder, LookSmart Ltd. Board Member, Chifley Research Centre. Member, Council of the University of Melbourne (Governor-in-Council appointment - to December 2006). Co-owner, Pluto Press Australia. National Secretary, Australian Fabian Society. Director, GetUp.org.au (to April 2007). Chair, Per Capita think tank. Appointed to the Board in August 2003.

Adjunct Professor Alison McClelland BA, Dip Soc Stud, MA Executive Director, Strategic Policy, Research and Communications Division, Department for Victorian Communities; Adjunct Professor, School of Social Work and Social Policy, La Trobe University; and member Melbourne Institute of Economic and Social Research Advisory Committee. Previously Associate Professor, La Trobe University. Appointed to the Board December 2005, resigned November 2006.

John Wilson LLB, MBA, Dip Theol.

Member, Anglican Archdiocese of Melbourne Diocesan Stipends Committee. Member, Clergy Housing Equity Fund. Member, Diocesan Synod. Administrator, Leith Charitable Trust. Former and founding CEO, Anglicare Victoria. Former Acting CEO, Sacred Heart Mission. Former Acting Executive Director, Brotherhood of St Laurence (January - October 2004). Chair of the Finance Committee (to December 2006). Appointed to the Board in September 2003. On leave of absence for October-December 2006. Resigned from the Board in December 2006.

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General description of services offered:

Ÿ Early childhood education Ÿ Outreach Support Programs Ÿ Family Support Services Ÿ Community Programs Ÿ Employment Programs Ÿ Income Support Ÿ People with disabilities Ÿ Support for refugees and migrants Ÿ Indigenous Australians Ÿ Retirement & Aged Care Ÿ Advocacy & Research % Breakdown of services provided by cause:

Aboriginal support Aged care Children (poverty, abuse, health, education) Poverty Drugs / alcohol Homelessness Youth Mental Illness Overseas Aid People with Disabilities Unemployment Women We support the above categories by working directly with clients. We offer employment services, residential day and community care work, helping empowering the disadvantaged sector of society who could have multiple barriers. It is not possible to offer a percentage breakdown as some of our clients have issues across a number of categories and are helped by a number of our programs.

Specific agency impact data:

Early Years – more than 2,000 children and families assisted through:

Craigieburn Family Day Care Centre HIPPY Breakfast Club Napier Street Child and Family Resource Centre (child care, outreach support programs, family support services, community playgroups, community programmes) Family Support Program (refugee and immigrant communities) School to Work – more than 670 young people or their parents were helped directly Furniture Works Training Centre Youth Transitions Youth Pathways Parents as Career Transition Supports Job Placement and Employment Training Homework Club Refugee Youth Development Program YP4 – Young Homeless Job Seekers

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Moving In & Out of Work – more than 3,000 people assisted to prepare and find work:

Given the Chance (refugees) Personal Support Programme Disability Employment network Job Network (long-term disadvantaged job seekers) Community Enterprise Community Enterprise Development Initiative

Retirement & Ageing – more than 1,700 older Australians assisted through:

Independent living Residential facilities Coolibah Centre (meals, welfare & activities) Brotherhood Community Nexus (activities for people with intellectual disabilities) Brotherhood Community Care (supports older people in their own homes) Banksia Services for Seniors (support & respite for people with dementia) Community Building Saver Plus has now extended to 18 sites, and between 2006 – 2007, 1287 people participated Progress Loans – 133 Progress Loans were granted in 2006 - 2007 Community Resource Bank assisted more than 20,000 people including delivery of in excess of 10,000 toys and 4500 education packs Retail Stores served 700,000 customers Ecumenical Migration Centre supported over 3000 refugees Does formal business plan exist Refer to the Brotherhood’s 2005 – 2008 Strategic Plan

Briefly describe agency’s future goals:

Ÿ Our service delivery will be demonstrably high quality and consistent with our stated objectives Ÿ We will have developed an advanced body of knowledge to underpin our objectives Ÿ Our long term viability will be strengthened Ÿ We will be more effective in influencing the external environment Ÿ The capacities of our paid and volunteer staff will be strengthened and developed in line with our objectives Ÿ Our work to build capacity both within the Indigenous community and at an individual level will be consolidated and expanded

Examples of primary programs underway now or beginning in the upcoming year:

Napier Street Child and Family Resource Centre Across from the Atherton Gardens public housing estate in Fitzroy, the Napier Street Child and Family Resource Centre provides a number of services for disadvantaged and refugee children, including childcare, respite care, playgroups and a breakfast club. The staff also undertake community development work on the estate. During 2006-07 the program provided 94 refugee families with childcare, 11 families with respite care, 52 families with occasional care and 50 families with family support. The centre also runs a community playgroup used by 65 families.

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Given the Chance An employment and education pathways program for unemployed people with a refugee background. Given the Chance has proven effective in fast-tracking refugees into jobs, work experience or intensive courses that develop their skills. Given the Chance prepares refugees to enter the Australian workforce through a work preparation program especially tailored to meet their needs. 60 participants undertook work placements with an employer for about four weeks.

Furthermore, 24 work placements directly resulted in ongoing employment.

Phoenix Fridges This program repairs, recycles and retrofits unwanted refrigerators to make them more energyefficient. The fridges are then offered to low-income families, helping to slash energy costs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The Phoenix Fridge project also creates skilled employment by training disadvantaged job seekers to retrofit the fridges. To date we have collected 5,000 fridges, and have saved up to 2.5 million kilowatt hours in energy. Three trainees were employed and trained under the accredited course of Certificate II in Electro technology Services. All 3 trainees successfully completed their training in December 2007. Since February 2008 all 3 trainees have secured fulltime employment.

Are volunteer opportunities available?

We have approximately 1,200 volunteers who work in our Community Stores, aged care facilities, Ecumenical Migration Centre. The Brotherhood of St Laurence also provides Corporate Volunteer Workshops. The one day workshop has two components to it. The morning session is an information session on the Brotherhood of St Laurence which gives participants an opportunity to learn about our advocacy work and an overview of disadvantage in Australia. The afternoon session is a hands-on volunteer opportunity in one of our core services.

Is the organisation a registered DGR?

We hold a current endorsement as a deductible gift recipient under Subdivision 30-BA of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997

Website address:


Contact Details:

Name: Melinda Jones Role: Corporate Relations Manager Postal Address: 67 Brunswick Street Fitzroy Phone: (03) 9483 2484 Email: mjones@bsl.org.au

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