More than 100 people attended Tomorrow Today Foundation’s Annual General Meeting at the Lakeside Centre last Thursday.
It was no ordinary AGM, as the attendance indicates, with much of the time taken up with stories of achievement and change.
Six year-old Evalee said she liked her Reading Buddy who helped her with spelling and fifteen year-old Hayden reported learning that he ‘shouldn’t fiddle during a job interview or wear inappropriate clothes’.
There were many examples of volunteers, local organisations, schools and businesses all working together to ensure a strong future for Benalla’s young people.
“Benalla is the national gold standard for its whole of community approach to addressing disadvantage,” Perpetual’s National Manager of Philanthropy & Non Profit Services, Caitriona Fay, told the meeting.
“The Education Benalla Program is a thoroughly local response to a complex problem. Perpetual’s approach to philanthropic funding is to back strong leaders and well governed organisations and trust that they know how to achieve impact in their locality.”
Thanking all donors for their support, Chair, Sally Gamble, reported on a very busy and successful year for the Foundation.
“With the growth of the Community Fund, which now totals $903,000, we were able to distribute $32,000 in grants to address community needs.”
In addition to annual grants to local groups, support from local families allows Tomorrow Today to provide individual assistance to meet an array of educational costs for local young people.
“An incredible network of professionals across schools and other organisations ensure that the children most in need are enabled to connect to learning and community,” Ms Gamble said.
The beauty of the community foundation structure is that it allows donors to give where they live to the causes that they care about – to make a difference now and far into the future.
For more information about Tomorrow Today go to the new website at www.tomorrowtoday.com.au or phone 5762 1211.