Systems change and philanthropy: Taking risks and achieving greater impact

What can be achieved when a global group of philanthropic foundations come together to explore what risk looks like when trying to achieve greater impact through systems change for complex problems?  We aimed to explore this by working with the Social Innovation Exchange and their Funders Node – the bringing together of over 50 different foundations from around the world. In an Australian first, a funders retreat was held with participants from Australia, New Zealand, Canada, UK, Germany, South Africa and Denmark to go deep on issues relating to systems…

New grant round open!

We are pleased to announce the opening of our second public grant round focusing on discovery. The Discovery Fund is a grant program designed to support organisations seeking to find answers, answers that will provide the information and evidence needed to address significant health issues. Discovery Fund grants are here to support the brave, those asking questions and entering into the unknown. We know how South Australia compares on many different health indicators, but often we don’t know why or how to change this. These grants aim to assist in getting the evidence and…

Health Needs and Priorities in South Australia

When we think of what it means to be ‘healthy’ or what it means to focus on our ‘wellbeing’, as individuals these concepts are generally part of the same conversation.  But what happens when the system that is there to diagnose, treat and support us, sees them as two separate elements?   South Australia has an ageing population, with just under a quarter of our entire population living in rural or remote locations.  We know what factors will lead adults and children to have a greater prevalence of certain diseases….

AdMental 2018

The Fay Fuller Foundation is again pleased to support the second AdMental event on Thursday 5 April at Bonython Hall. Pitching two leading advertising agencies against each other to create an advertisement promoting mental health, AdMental builds upon the conversation aiming to de-stigmatise issues relating to mental health.  This year’s event will also have a focus on first responders. So come along for a thought provoking and fun evening and hear the expert panel discuss each advertisement.  All proceeds go towards supporting the Don Dunstan Foundation’s work in mental health. …

Data is key to improving Aboriginal health outcomes

There are countless reports, strategies, programs and policies aimed at ‘closing the gap’ for Aboriginal people across South Australia, with most focusing on a state-wide level of reporting and monitoring. And yet, it is known that some Aboriginal communities have better health and social outcomes than other Aboriginal communities.  The ‘why’ some communities fare better than others is often unknown. Involving Aboriginal communities in making decisions about their health and well-being is essential to achieve better outcomes for this population. As communities, service providers and policy makers attempt to advance…