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Sep 23

Changes to Wyatt’s Direct Grants Program

Throughout its 137-year history, The Wyatt Trust has worked to support the creation of a South Australia free from poverty. Over the years, Wyatt’s approach to achieving this goal has evolved to include more targeted grant making while advocating for long-term systems change. With the implementation of the Trust’s new 2023-2028 Strategic Plan, Wyatt’s grant making has been further refined to align with the strategy’s goals of deepening focus and creating the conditions for change. Three key changes to Wyatt’s... Read more
Aug 23

Refining our focus to increase impact

There is no doubt that 2023 has been a challenging year for many people. While we are now ‘back to normal’ after several years of covid disruptions, the opportunity that was presented to us to bounce back ‘better’ has not been fully realised. This year, I have had the benefit of meeting, learning and thinking with colleagues and peers far and wide. It has included revived and new connections with people in Australia, a learning trip to the US and... Read more
Jul 23

Every experience of poverty has a face: Anti-Poverty Network SA

Though our communities experienced enormous change during the pandemic upheavals of the last few years, something that didn’t change was a widely held, yet mistaken, view of poverty. For anti-poverty campaigners like Pas Forgione from Anti-Poverty Network South Australia, the biggest misconception about poverty has remained unchanged for decades. “Despite everything we learned and experienced during Covid, which demonstrated how rapidly people’s employment and economic circumstances can change and how they are profoundly out of our control, there is still... Read more
Jun 23

To be included and to be heard: SA’s First Nations Voice

On May 16, The Wyatt Trust welcomed South Australia’s inaugural Commissioner for First Nations Voice, Dale Agius, to our meeting space at Inparrila. More than 30 people from the social change sector were in attendance to hear the Commissioner’s hopes, goals and reflections on the long journey that culminated in South Australia becoming the first state to enact an Indigenous Voice to Parliament on 26 March this year. Consistent with its belief that everyone deserves to be treated with equal... Read more
May 23

Foundation SA Turns 2

Foundation SA turns 2 In the space of two short years, Foundation SA, South Australia’s only state-wide community foundation, has become home to a flourishing donor community. With 20 funds established by families, businesses and a non-profit organisation, and many more donors involved through opportunities such as the SA Disaster Recovery Fund, Foundation SA is making philanthropy accessible and enjoyable for a diverse range of South Australians. “We’ve had great feedback from our fund holders about how easy the process... Read more
Apr 23

Breaking new ground through joint learning and evaluation

The premise of The Wyatt Trust’s Capacity Grants Joint Learning and Evaluation is partnership in its truest sense. “It’s based on an understanding that we’re equals, actual partners,” explains Keren Sutton, Wyatt’s Data, Insights & Learning Lead. “It’s not about Wyatt asking these seven partner organisations to report to us and then we assess that; instead, it’s all of us coming together in the same room and doing it together through conversation, identifying what worked, what didn’t work and how... Read more
Mar 23

Meet our Governors: Justyna Jochym

As CEO of Festival City Adelaide, The Wyatt Trust’s newest Governor, Justyna Jochym, is one of the city’s biggest cheerleaders. Hailing from Poland, Justyna first visited Adelaide in 2017 as part of an arts, culture and festival tourism delegation from Krakow, a sister UNESCO-designated city. “It was a four-day visit and by day three it was clear to me that there’s a bit of magic here in Adelaide,” Justyna says. After the city had cast its spell, Justyna decided to... Read more
Mar 23

Why GOGO’s Sarah Gun is aligning purpose, profit and planet

Social entrepreneur Sarah Gun has a reputation for being able to imagine the impossible and bring it to life. Founder of SA’s premier event management business, GOGO Events, Sarah uses every opportunity she can create or curate to make the world a safer and more equitable place. The work of the business’s charitable arm, the GOGO Foundation, aims to “bring the margin to the centre” in all that it does. “If we can create safe, loving, enriching and brave spaces... Read more
Feb 23

We Support a First Nations Voice to Parliament enshrined in the Constitution

Wyatt is deeply committed to the process of reconciliation. In 2017 Wyatt accepted the invitation from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people to stand by the Uluru Statement From The Heart. Having a First Nations Voice enshrined in the Australian Constitution, and a Makarrata Commission to supervise treaty and truth, are steps we believe will strengthen relationships between Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and non-Indigenous peoples, for the benefit of all. Voice, Treaty and Truth are three planks of... Read more
Feb 23

Youth Development and Engagement Grants – open for term one

City of Marion / City of Charles Sturt / City of West Torrens This grant fund is made possible through the team of Lions Club of Richmond volunteers who run the popular op shop warehouse in Camden Park. Lions Club of Richmond partners with The Wyatt Trust (Wyatt) to distribute the proceeds of their fundraising to support local children and young people. Who can apply? Grant applications can be made by public schools (preschools, primary and secondary) or organisations focused... Read more