Buderim Foundation sets ambitious fundraising target to maximize community benefits

The Buderim Foundation is launching an exciting year-long Community Challenge to increase grants to local community organisations into the future.

Members of the M7 Band – Michael Ryan, Roger Morris, Steven Kypraios, Mark Bray, Ken Kiernan, Paul Kusy, Shane Harvey – rehearsing ‘It’s a long way to the top if you want to rock n roll’ in preparation for the Buderim Foundation’s Australia Day float.

Buderim Foundation chair Russell Stitz said the Foundation was challenging the community to help increase the und from $1.4million to $2million in just 12 months.

“It’s simple – what goes around, comes around – and the larger the Foundation Fund, the more Buderim benefits. More money invested means more community organisations will receive grants to enable them to reach their full potential in our vibrant Buderim community,” Dr Stitz said.

“It’s what the Foundation does best… money in; money managed; money out – and because only the income from the Investment Fund is used for grants, the Fund will generate grants forever.”The 2018 Community Challenge celebrates ten years of giving by the Foundation. The first grants, distributed in 2008, totaled just over $13,000.  Last year grants worth $64,000 were distributed, bringing the total for the decade to almost $400,000.

“So, ten years after the distribution of our first grants, let’s take it to the next level. Let’s challenge ourselves to raise the Fund to $2m by the end of 2018! Let’s make the number of grants given out over the next ten years even more impressive,” Dr Stitz said.

“The challenge is significant but with the support of the community it is achievable.

“Launching the 2018 Community Challenge at the Buderim Australia Day Parade, the Foundation is asking for your support – either through direct donations to the Foundation or by running community events or initiatives to help raise funds.

“We’ll be encouraging everyone… individuals, families, businesses and community groups to consider donating to the 2018 Community Challenge. No amount is too small or too large and every donation will be recognised for the part it plays,” Dr Stitz said.

There will be opportunities for neighbours to get together to fund raise through a Street Party or Garage Sale… with all proceeds to be donated to the Foundation.

Donations can be made as a one-off, quarterly or monthly contribution.  Some households might consider giving regularly as it may be more manageable and affordable or workplaces could talk to their payroll managers to set up workplace giving.

“The opportunities are like the Foundation – infinite and already we have some fantastic events planned, with more to be revealed soon,” Dr Stitz said.

To find out more or make a donation, come and chat to Foundation Ambassadors on the school oval after the Australia Day Parade, or visit the Foundation website – www.buderimfoundation.org.au or contact us by email info@buderimfoundation.org.au or call (07) 5456 1757.

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