Lend Lease Becomes a Foundation Donor
Late last year a team of over 30 Lend Lease employees gathered at the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence (NCIE) complete with buckets, paintbrushes, gardening gloves and great spirit for their second annual community day at the Centre.In addition to accomplishing an enormous amount of work at the National Centre of Indigenous Excellence, the occasion was auspicious as it marked a celebration and signing of a three year partnership between the NCIE and Lend Lease.
Mark Menhinnitt, Chief Executive Officer for Australia said, “Lend Lease’s partnership with the NCIE is a cornerstone of our Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP). The success of the Lend Lease RAP will be realised through collaboration with organisations such as NCIE who can help us to achieve outcomes that we cannot deliver on our own.”
ING Direct joins the NCIE in driving positive social impact
ING Direct and the NCIE have formed a community partnership that will enable the NCIE to deliver programs that will encourage young people to realise their potential. Don Koch, ING Direct CEO said upon announcing their new community partners, “We believe there are great opportunities to create positive social change by delivering innovative programs that help to realise the potential of young people in our community.” In addition to the cash investment, ING Direct employees will be engaged in volunteering and two-way learning opportunities.
The initial two year investment through ING Direct’s Community Impact Program will be funding three important initiatives, including:
The NCIE Breakfast Club
The NCIE Breakfast Club will commence in February 2012, with the assistance of ING Direct volunteers.
The Aspiration Initiative Residential Camp Program
The Aspiration Initiative (TAI) aims to increase opportunities and support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander high school students, helping to ensure they realise their potential at school, university and beyond. One of TAI’s projects is the development of an academic enrichment program, involving a residential component and additional support for cohorts of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander secondary students.
The NCIE has partnered with TAI in the delivery of the NSW based academic enrichment program camps, which will see the NCIE as the home of the annual residential camps for the NSW cohort.
Youth Mental Health Thought Leadership Conference in 2012
The NCIE will be bringing together thought leaders in the areas of juvenile justice and youth suicide for a conference to be held at the Centre in 2012. Through consultation, key issues impacting on young people and resulting in the appallingly high rate of youth suicide in our Indigenous communities will be identified. The NICE and its large cohort of Pathway Partners will then be able to source or develop programs specifically to combat these issues, with the intended result being an increased sense of self worth and confidence displayed by all 5000 young Indigenous people who come through the NCIE every year. There is much evidence to suggest that increased self confidence is directly linked to positive outcomes with regards to aspiration building and goal setting in young people.
Goodman Foundation Supports Indigenous Excellence
Goodman have offered a high level of corporate support to the NCIE for three years, including pro bono support for the scoping and ongoing provision of services for our facilities maintenance plan, a contribution towards the salary of NCIE’s Facilities Manager, and a cash investment that will go directly towards establishing the NCIE Homework Centre.
Later this year, we will launch the Homework Centre, complete with a state of the art computer lab and a supportive and dedicated space for young people to come after school to review and complete their homework with the assistance of educational volunteers. Goodman Foundation’s program investment will provide the funds to allow for a project coordinator, administration, educational resources, healthy after-school snacks and directly promotes the Learning and Innovation Pathway objectives of the NCIE.
Goodman staff have also expressed interest in staff engagement opportunities, volunteering, participation in cultural activities and gym memberships in our state of the art Sports, Arts and Recreation Centre.
The investment of the corporate community, as demonstrated by Goodman, is critical to the NCIE’s future capacity to fulfil our vision and mission and to grow and meet the highest standards of excellence. The NCIE warmly welcomes them to the NCIE Circle of Excellence, and we applaud their leadership and generosity.
Goodman is an integrated commercial and industrial property group that owns, develops and manages real estate including warehouses, large scale logistics facilities business parks and offices globally. The Goodman Foundation was established for the purpose of making contributions to non-profit organisations that support the needs in the community, focusing on positive social change in the regions in which they operation.