ACP Project Coordinator Clare Gregory recently had an opportunity to meet with community leaders in the Esperance area in southern WA to explore ideas for community philanthropy initiatives emerging in the region.

Clare visited Esperance on invitation from Chris Reichstein, founder of the Mount Burdett Foundation. Local farmer Greg Curnow is a member of the Foundation’s Farm Advisory Committee. Working with Chris Reichstein and the Mount Burdett Foundation inspired Greg to check if there is interest among his peers in the community foundation model to harness local leadership and resources for addressing local needs.

Eight farmers joined the initial meeting and dinner with Clare to learn more about community foundations and what Australian Community Philanthropy offers to assist community groups starting out on their local philanthropy journey.

There was lively discussion around the kinds of initiatives the farmers would like to support, with general agreement that a focus on youth and local business is needed in their community. The group will meet again in early September.

During her visit Clare also met with Mount Burdett’s Executive Officer Sarah Brown, attended an Advisory Committee meeting, toured the local area, and enjoyed the Curnow family’s warm country hospitality.

Next month, Clare will make her first visit to the state’s southwest, visiting the two local community foundations in Albany and Denmark and conducting workshops in both places.

ACP’s work to strengthen further development of community philanthropy in WA is part of a three-year project generously supported by the Minderoo Foundation.