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The Foundation is involved in many projects of benefit to the Eyre Peninsula community, such as

  • Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal Programs (FRRR)
    • Back to School vouchers
    • Smoky Bay Jetty
  • Charity House and Land Package 2012
  • EP Community Foundation Home Hospice Book Shop 2013
  • Smoky Bay Jetty
  • Back to school vouchers.


It has once again been a busy year even though the corpus of funds has not increased significantly. I have found the greatest challenge to the Foundation has been that we are competing with other not for profit causes which are long standing with historical and emotional connections to communities.
We are yet to prove our worth to the community and this will take time to evolve.

I have worked closely with the media this past 12 months to promote the Foundation and educate the community to gain a better understanding of how a foundation works and how it can benefit across the whole of Eyre Peninsula.

On average throughout the year I have worked anything between 16 hours (which I am paid for) and 38 hours (this extra time I donate).  My commitment to the Foundation is to see it become self-sustaining. The work involved in the day to day running of the Foundation is complex and very time consuming at times as I implement the necessary administrative activities as they arise. An example of this is the time we held a sausage sizzle and found we needed to register as a Food Handling Business for charitable purposes. Another, are the State Licences required for collecting monies for charitable purposes and also holding an event.  Both of these we report on annually. But this will change over time as we integrate these processes into the day to day running of the Foundation.

Our Foundation has been kept informed through Philanthropy Australia and the legal firm Freehills of the Federal Legislative changes and the establishment of the new requirements for Public Ancillary Funds (EPCF Trust Fund).   This has been a big task for all concerned and we are continually monitoring our structure and compliance requirements  if any are needed.  The Federal Government has established the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profit Commission who administer and monitor the legislative requirements. The Foundation will report annually to the Commission.

The Charity House at 10 Windamere Crescent Port Lincoln was one of the big highlights of the past year.  We extend our very sincere thanks to our major sponsors the Sarin Group, Keith Daniels Homes, Kemp Real Estate, EP Civil and the many suppliers, contractors and businesses who donated services, materials, and products to build a most beautiful home of great quality and design. Thank you for having the faith and foresight to take such a journey and build the very first Charity House on Eyre Peninsula ever to be sold for charity. Congratulations to all involved.

We established our very first Named Funds; the Cummins Community Futures Fund and the Rotary Club of Port Lincoln Fund.  This was a new journey for us all and took some thought and administration to implement. We look forward to seeing the funds grow over time and congratulate these two well respected organisations for their vision.

I attended the Community Foundation Forum in Kingscliff in NSW in August 2011 along with approximately 60 delegates from around Australia.  Registration for EPCF to attend the Forum was sponsored by Philanthropy Australia. These Forums are always useful to attend if possible as a great deal of knowledge is shared and relationships are built.

During the past 12 months I have spoken to a number of groups about the Foundation including, Cummins Community Bank, Rotary Club of Port Lincoln, Port Lincoln  Lions Club, Eyre Peninsula Local government Association and local councils, to name just a few.

I have met with a number of individuals and discussed with them opportunities which exist for them within the Foundation.

The Board met with Bob Ramsay, the Eyre Regional Development Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula (RDAWEP) Special Projects Manager, and worked on re-viewing our Strategic Plan from which new ideas to build the Foundation’s corpus of funds have evolved.

Through the RDAWEP in late 2011 BP Australia was introduced to the EPCF.  I, Board Chairman, Glenn Karutz and Board Secretary Kate Clark met with representatives from BP.  BP sought our expertise and local knowledge to disseminate some funds they wanted to invest into the community.  Our first task was to provide them with the EPCF’s Policies, Procedures and Legal Frameworks for approval. Once this was done we were asked to identify a variety of projects that would benefit from BP’s funds.  We wrote a submission and presented it to BP for consideration.  BP articulated the monies they would make available and we were asked to identify in detail specific projects.  We wrote another submission identifying 4 projects to receive funding for fuel and a senior high school to receive funding for a science project.  A contract has now been signed between BP and EPCF and funds are due to be disseminated through the EPCF soon.

The EPCF on behalf of the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) and the Sydney Myer Foundation has once again disseminated the Back to School Voucher Program to 13 schools across the region. The feedback from schools, parents and communities has been positive with many families individually expressing their appreciation. The EPCF has recently registered our interest in disseminating 200 Vouchers in 2013.

I would like to thank my Board and also those who have contributed in some way to the Foundation.

But in particular I want to thank the Regional Development Australia Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula Board who continue to financially support the EPCF on a day to day, basis. The Foundation would not be where it is without this ongoing support on its journey to becoming self-sustaining as the corpus of funds slowly grows.

Faye Davis
Marketing & Fundraising Coordinator