We are a Community Foundation – an independent, community-owned and governed philanthropic organisation. That means we work in a distinct geographic area – the Shire of Murrindindi – and over time, build up a collection of funds from donors to support the community. This structure allows us to work with a range of donors to raise funds that can be invested locally, with proceeds granted out or used in other ways to create a successful, resilient and thriving region.
Foundation Murrindindi was formed under the name Marysville and Triangle Community Foundation, with the aim to support the recovery process after one of Australia’s worst natural disasters, the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires. The Foundation benefits not just Marysville and surrounding communities, but the wider Shire of Murrindindi, which includes 42 communities.
As an independent, embedded community organisation, our reputation and voice, like our grantmaking, is a tool we can use to create impact in our region.
While our office is in Marysville, our grant programs provide funding for the entire Murrindindi Shire – from Eildon to Flowerdale, Alexandra to Toolangi. To ensure we understand what’s important, we act as a local convenor and bring community groups together, working with them to ensure our work is responsive to the priorities within and across different communities.
We leverage our local knowledge, our passion for our communities, our connections and our resources to empower local communities to make a positive impact and create a strong vibrant future. We do this by delivering services, making grants and undertaking community leadership and partnership activities to address a wide variety of needs.