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2020 BWC Grant Recipient Announcement

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A huge thank you to all the 2020 BWC Grant Applicants.

The BWC Grants Sub-Committee reviewed all applications against the Guidelines.

The BWC Board is very excited to announce the recipient of the 2020 BWC Grant is:

 

 

GOOD SAMARITAN HOUSING for their

MENTORING AND EMPOWERING VULNERABLE MOTHERS PROGRAM

The 2020 BWC Grant will provide vulnerable women and children living in transitional crisis accommodation with opportunities to build living skills helping them transition to independent living in the community. Providing a stable home is vital, and is the first building block on the path to empowerment. The women will learn new skills in health and wellbeing, parenting, education and money management through intensive case management, workshops and excursions. The program aims to increase self-esteem, confidence and awareness of rights. The Grants Sub-Committee felt that the project aligned well with the BWC vision as it aims to break the cycle of intergenerational disadvantage and learned behaviours which may have led to their homelessness, enabling them to participate equally in society.

 

 

A high-level summary of the applications received:

  • All Applications sought the full grant support of $5,000.
  • Total project costs ranged from 25% of grant funds to 100% required to deliver the project.
  • Fifty per cent of the applications had secured funding from other sources.
  • Applications received targeted a wide range of groups, including mothers of autistic children, disadvantaged women, women with cancer, women who are homeless, disenfranchised women, victims of domestic violence, female researchers and scientists, migrant women, unemployed women and female artists.
  • Proposed projects were for a range of support and services including mentoring, counselling, education, leadership, financial literacy, skills building, self-care, health-related services, and provision of ‘essential’ or ‘critical’ goods.

 

BWC thanks everyone for the quality of their application and the generous work you contribute to supporting women and girls in Queensland.  There were many worthy causes and worthwhile programs making the selection of this year’s recipient a challenge for the BWC Grants Sub-Committee and the BWC Board.

 

BWC also thanks those members who generously volunteered their time to participate in the Grants Sub-Committee, as well as other members who offered to assist but that we could not accommodate on this occasion. It was heartening to have so many of members want to contribute to this important part of BWC.

 

BWC will share more information about Good Samaritan Housing and its Mentoring and Empowering Vulnerable Mothers Program in the near future.

BWC is recruiting Board Members

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BWC is a company limited by guarantee comprised of volunteer board members.

We are looking to nominate and elect a new board members at our AGM in February 2020.

To supplement and compliment the existing board members skills we are primarily looking to elect board members with skills in event management, digital marketing and communications and social media and or the development of an online virtual community.

We are open to discuss other areas and how they contribute to the existing board skillset.

All Board members are required to be familiar with ASIC and ACNC director obligations and the structure of a company limited by guarantee.

Organisation: Brisbane Women’s Club
Organisation Type: Charity/NFP
Coverage: QLD
Position Title: Board Member / Non Executive Director
Duration of Appointment: 3 years
Remuneration: Unpaid (expenses not covered)
Industry / Sector: NGO / NFP / Other Charitable
Skills Sought: Transformation / Growth, Communications, Governance, Diversity & Inclusion, Digital Marketing / Social Media
Closing Date: Extended until Friday 6 December 2019

 

About The Organisation

The Brisbane Women’s Club (BWC) is a centre for Brisbane and Queensland women to exercise progressive leadership around issues of public importance for women, to support projects and organisations aimed at improving the lives of women, and to mentor and guide younger women to achieve equal participation in the social, cultural, political and economic arenas of Australian life. BWC aims to bring together a diverse group of professional women in Brisbane and South East Queensland.

Being a part of BWC provide an opportunity to actively get involved in activities and events which have benefits for women and which are of great interest to BWC members, to extend professional and personal networks with like-minded women, and to be part of an organisation that speaks out on behalf of women.

We are a not for profit and all proceeds from our events go to charities operating in this space in Brisbane and Queensland, or as part of our ongoing grants program.

 

Selection Criteria

1) Previous governance experience (board, committee, association etc) or the ability to demonstrate how your skills can be applied.
2) Understanding of corporate and legal structures, in particular corporate governance requirements.
2) Appreciation of the not for profit space and ASIC/ACNC requirements for directors.
3) Commitment to be a leader in the field of gender equality, women’s issues and leadership.
4) Ability to contribute to financial oversight of the company.
5) Developed communication skills including the ability to present board papers, assess risk and articulate opinions in a professional manner.
6) Time and ability to contribute to board meetings, BWC operational and planning matters and attendance at majority of BWC events in any one year, including taking an active role in some of our working committees. BWC relies upon its volunteer board to drive activities and events and to engage members.
7) Willingness to join BWC as a member for term of director appointment (3 years).

 

How To Apply

Email secretary@bwc.org.au an introductory letter explaining why you want to become a BWC Chair, your high level CV and statement addressing the Selection Criteria in no more than 5 pages.

Applications should be addressed to: Leah Stangle at secretary@bwc.org.au

2016 AGM Summary

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On Wednesday 22nd February BWC held its 2016 AGM – our second since we began the Club’s revitalisation in 2015.  Often an AGM can be a colourless affair – ours was anything but! What was achieved in 2016 was amazing, by any standards. We ran fund-raisers, produced a Senate policy submission on children’s access to internet pornography,  received a $20,000 State Government grant for our Financial Literacy project, built relationships with major corporate partners such as PWC, McCullough Robertson, ANZ and Stanwell, hosted Queensland Women’s Minister Shannon Fentiman at a brilliant sundowner event, delivered professional career development workshops and much more. All of this was achieved with the inspiration of our tireless part-time CEO, and hours and hours of hard work from our Board and member volunteers.

We’ve invested in our people and brand and dramatically turned around our financial performance to end the year with a $25,700 surplus. So it’s not surprising that among the many comments  I heard from new and existing members present were ‘inspiring’, ‘exciting’.’ impressive’, ‘important’  and ‘looking forward to being part of BWC in 2017’.  For more details, download a copy of the annual report here.

We’re not resting on our laurels in 2017 either, with exciting events in the planning stages, so watch this space! The BWC Board is also committed to improving our back-end processes and systems and to giving renewed focus to our community grants program.

But our biggest priority for 2017 will be to engage more deeply with our members, to create more opportunities for them to be involved in the Club’s work, and to keep growing our amazing community of like-minded women.

The Board has been strengthened with the election of  two new members. Balveen Ajimal is joining as a Director and will relinquish her role as CEO in May 2017.  We are also pleased to welcome Amanda Sartor, as Treasurer, and I am delighted to be elected as President for a further term.

BWC is showing Brisbane and Australia what a group of determined, committed and capable women are able to achieve and we look forward to having you on that journey with us.

Best wishes,
Robin Francis
President