The Inner North Community Foundation is an independent community foundation based in Melbourne’s Inner North, and is one of more than 35 community foundations across Australia.
The Foundation was established in 2007 as an initiative of IntoWork Australia, and is supported by the three local Councils; the Cities of Moreland, Yarra and Darebin.
The Foundation manages philanthropic dollars to provide funds for projects that create prosperous, connected, and cohesive communities in Melbourne’s Inner North, particularly encouraging pathways to employment. The Foundation is not a destination for community gifts, rather they call themselves a safe pair of hands to link donors and community groups.
To fulfil their vision, they:
• invest in local not-for-profit organisations through grants and other support
• connect donors to local community groups by managing a donor network for people to contribute small and large donations
• build partnerships to expand community leadership across the region
Since its establishment, the Foundation has granted more than $2.6 million in grants to the municipalities of Darebin, Moreland, and Yarra. Their grants have been awarded across 30 different suburbs to 130 community organisations, running innovative and creative programs that unlock the potential of local people. From Preston to Pascoe Vale, Reservoir to Richmond, Fawkner to Fitzroy the Foundation serves more than 400,000 people across 125 square kilometres.