This Foundation aims to support initiatives that will empower First Nations people in the Dungala Kaiela region to achieve prosperity.
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
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.
Why Do We Exist
Historical decisions and an overwhelming introduced culture meant First Nations 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 First Nations 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.
What We Do
With collaborative investment we will shift the narrative to a shared sense of future and a shared sense of nationhood for First Nations peoples. To move from a point of imbalance, it is not about them and us, but we.
It is an innovative long-term whole-of-community change process to increase the prosperity and wellbeing of First Nations people in the Dungala Kaiela (Murray and Goulburn) region of northern Victoria. The intention is to improve and advance economic, social and cultural benefits for the whole region.
The DKF Endowment Fund
The Dungala Kaiela Foundation has recently established an endowment fund with 100% of returns being donated to our partner organisation, Rumbalara Football Netball Club to continue their award winning social, educational and economic programs which are outside of the Club’s sporting activities.
Rumbalara Football Netball Club is a critical and unique institution, it is the Nanyak (invincible spirit) of the community, strengthening First Nations people’s resilience, engaging with the broader community via sport and as a safe hub for its 300 members and their families to learn about and engage with the wider community and economy.
The endowment fund will permanently underpin the key social, educational, and economic programs so that they can be sustained for generations to come.
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.
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)
Biyala, Yorta Yorta for red gum tree, is the symbol we have chosen for the patrons of our appeal. The Dungala (Murray) river on the ancestral lands of the Yorta Yorta forms the largest continuous natural river red gum-forest in the world. Strong in their foundations and lasting through many generations, the river red gums provide stability to the river banks.
Regional Ownership and Benefit
Our Partners and Supporters
We work with a range of partners by funding programs across the social, arts, education and employment sectors to increase the prosperity and well being of First Nations people to the benefit of the whole community in the Dungala Kaiela (Murray and Goulburn) region of northern Victoria.
Making a gift to the Dungala Kaiela Foundation means you are supporting initiatives that will empower First Nations people in the Dungala Kaiela region to achieve prosperity.
Every donor is thanked and will receive a progress report each year.