This Foundation aims to support initiatives that will empower Indigenous people in the Dungala Kaiela region so we can reach parity.
Why Do We Exist
Historical decisions and an overwhelming introduced culture meant Indigenous people in the Dungala Kaiela (Murray Goulburn) region were excluded from civic, financial and political decision-making. As a consequence we lived on the margins.
We exist to address this imbalance by supporting the dreams of Indigenous people so they are no longer marginalised. We invest in leaders so they can create cultural, civic and economic value for Indigenous and non-Indigenous people.
Who We Are
The Foundation was established in 2008 as a non-profit company limited by guarantee. An independent Board that has Indigenous and non-Indigenous members is responsible for its governance. It has been audited each year without any qualification.
It is registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profit Commission and has been endorsed by the ATO as a DGR1.
What We Do
The Foundation funds innovative programs to support Indigenous people to reach parity with the mainstream population. It focuses on supporting these areas:
- health & well being
- cultural identity & affirmation
The Foundation receives philanthropic support from many donors and grant makers who choose to support a program of their choice.
An Endowment Fund was established in 2019 to permanently underpin the current programs so they can be sustained and independent from the cycle of funding. A select committee manages this Endowment Fund on behalf of donors, beneficiaries and the Foundation.
Dungala Kaiela Oration
An annual oration jointly sponsored by the Kaiela Institute and the University of Melbourne, in partnership with the Rumbalara Football Netball Club. The aim of this annual event is to host visionary leaders to deliver the Oration that will help inspire those present to create a shared vision for the people of the region.
This is a major event on the calendar that attracts educators, civic leaders and sports people from the Dungala Kaiela region, Melbourne and beyond.
Programs We Support
A meaningful set of initiatives focused on employment, education, health and well-being. Each of these programs incorporate cultural identity and affirmation.
The value of these initiatives was quantified by an academic study from La Trobe University that concluded $1 invested generates $5.45 return in social value.
Academy of Sport Health and Education (ASHE)
Algabonyah Employment Program
Gowola Homework Club
Dungala Children's Choir
Dungala Kaiela Writing Awards
Language revival and preservation
Paul Briggs OAM
Executive Director - Kaiela Institute
CEO - Rumbalara Aboriginal Co-operative
Active advocate for Indigenous people
Commissioner for Aboriginal Children and Young people (Victoria)
Our Partners and Supporters
Many local and Melbourne based organisations have come to understand the importance of Victorian Indigenous communities and have offered their support.
Making a gift to the Dungala Kaiela Foundation means you are supporting Indigenous people to reach parity.
Every donor is thanked and will receive a progress report each year.