Frequently Asked Questions

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What is Community and Philanthropy Partnerships Week?

Community and Philanthropy Partnerships Week (CPPW) is a three-year initiative to celebrate the ways in which partnerships between grassroots community groups and philanthropy build strong and vibrant places to live and work.

CPPW 2017 will be held between 20 and 26 November, with the theme building stronger communities together.

It is a week-long celebration of what has been achieved around Australia, thanks to strong partnerships between community groups and those that support and work with them, whether they are philanthropic trusts and foundations, businesses or individuals. Both the inaugural celebrations in 2015 and last year's were a great success.

CPPW is an initiative supported through the Prime Minister’s Community Business Partnership which brings together community and business leaders to advise the Australian Government on practical strategies to foster a culture of giving in Australia.

The initiative, managed by Philanthropy Australia in partnership with the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal, will provide resources and a small number of grants to help groups showcase and celebrate partnerships.

CPPW is funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services. Visit www.dss.gov.au for more information.

What is the purpose of Community and Philanthropy Partnerships Week?

The aims of the national Community and Philanthropy Partnerships Week are to:

  • Promote the benefits and highlight the impact of community and philanthropic partnerships
  • Profile philanthropic contributions– from individuals, businesses and others - at a community level
  • Showcase best practice approaches to community philanthropy and partnerships
  • Highlight examples of community and philanthropy partnerships that other communities can learn from, potentially leading to more community and philanthropy partnerships and the possible formation of new Community Foundations.
What is a community group? Do we need to be a particular type of group to apply?

Community groups are formal or informal collections of people based in or around a community - usually either a particular geography or common interest or objective.

They usually have some kind of formal structure, rules or legal entity, although sometimes they can be just an informal association.

Community groups are richly varied groups but often take the form of a:

  • non-profit organisation
  • not-for-profit corporation
  • cooperatives or mutuals (with a charitable purpose)
  • non-government organisations
  • private voluntary organisations
  • unincorporated associations
  • incorporated associations
  • companies limited by guarantee

It goes without saying that community groups are community based and in many, if not most, cases are managed and run by volunteers. Many will have no paid staff at all.

For the purposes of this program, and particularly if you are applying for a grant, the community group must have an ABN or Incorporation Certificate. 

Please note: Organisations based in metropolitan areas must have Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status.

Organisations based in rural, regional and remote areas are not required to have Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status.

What is philanthropy?

Many people find philanthropy quite mysterious. While there are many different meanings, it's fairly simple. Philanthropy Australia's definition is:

The planned and structured giving of money, time, information, goods and services, voice and influence to improve the well-being of humanity and the community (adapted from Philanthropy Australia’s A Grant-Seeker’s Guide to Trusts & Foundations).

The reality is that it takes place in communities across Australia every day, as people contribute their time and talent, as well as their own funds, to make a better community.

What is a partnership?

For the purposes of this program, a partnership is an arrangement where all parties involved work together to progress a shared goal to create positive social impacts and outcomes for the community.

A strong partnership is one that is collaborative, has clearly defined goals and objectives, and shared roles, responsibilities and resources.

What does a community-philanthropy partnership look like?

A community–philanthropy partnership goes beyond the provision of a grant to an organisation.

This program is focused on celebrating what can be achieved when the various strengths, skills and resources of the partnering organisations (philanthropy, businesses, or corporations) are harnessed for the community's benefit.

How did CPPW come about?

Community and Philanthropy Partnerships Week is an initiative supported through the Prime Minister’s Community Business Partnership. The Prime Minister’s Community Partnership brings together community and business leaders to advise the Australian Government on practical strategies to foster a culture of giving in Australia.

The Government recognises that a great deal can be achieved when grassroots community groups in cities, towns and regional areas partner with philanthropic support – whether it comes from traditional philanthropic groups like trusts and foundations or from businesses.

There was a desire to showcase the things that are achieved through these partnerships, and to share the benefits of philanthropic investment in local communities.

Community and Philanthropy Partnerships Week is such an opportunity – a way for community groups and philanthropic partners to showcase and promote the great work they are already doing in the cities and regions right across Australia. It is also an opportunity to share knowledge and best practice, and to strengthen or develop new relationships and partnerships.

Community and Philanthropy Partnerships Week is funded by the Australian Government Department of Social Services. Visit www.dss.gov.au for more information.

When is CPPW being held?

CPPW will take place during the last quarter of each year.

CPPW 2017 will be held during the week of 20 and 26 November following the theme building stronger communities together.

In 2016, CPPW took place from 5 to 11 December, following the theme the power of partnerships.

The inaugral CPPW ran from 7 to 13 December 2015. The theme for the year's celebrations was achieving more together.

Who is behind CPPW?

Community and Philanthropy Partnerships Week is supported through the Prime Minister’s Community Business Partnership. The Prime Minister’s Community Business Partnership brings together community and business leaders to advise the Australian Government on practical strategies to foster a culture of giving in Australia.

It is being coordinated by Philanthropy Australia in partnership with the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR). Between them, these two organisations have a strong understanding of philanthropy and community groups across Australia.

What will happen during CPPW?

It is up to you – it can really encompass any activity that profiles, recognises or celebrates what has been achieved by grassroots community groups, with a little help from philanthropy.

You can do as much or as little as you want to celebrate CPPW. You could create a committee or a group to organise a large event for the community or just send a note of thanks to someone who has assisted you / your community in the past.

There are a number of suggestions on the ideas page of this website. You can also review the list of events that took place during the 2016 celebrations.

Why get involved?

Community and Philanthropy Partnerships Week provides a great opportunity for your organisation to reflect, promote, profile and celebrate the philanthropic partnerships you have. It is also a chance to share with others what can be achieved by community groups, with a little help from philanthropy.

How can we get involved?

CPPW is Australia-wide and is open to everyone. Below are some suggestions on how you can get involved. They are listed by the type of organisation – pick one that most fits you. Note though that many of the suggestions could be implemented by any kind of group. You can find more on the Ideas page of this site.

Philanthropic Organisations

  • Tell your networks and your local community about CPPW and encourage them to apply for an annual grant (open from Wednesday, 5 April to Friday, 12 May 2017). Refer to the Grants page of this site for guidelines and application form.

Community Groups

  • Host a tour for partners, local media and other key stakeholders around / through some of the projects you’ve completed thanks to the involvement of philanthropic partners.
  • Apply for an annual grant (open from Wednesday, 5 April to Friday, 12 May 2017). Refer to the Grants page of this site for guidelines and application form.

Businesses

  • Encourage your staff to take a volunteer day during CPPW and get them to share their story on your intranet / website.

Individuals

  • Make time to recognise / acknowledge examples of community / philanthropy partnerships in your community – send an email or letter; post a tweet or FB message using the #CPPWeek hashtag recognising the difference it has made in your community.

Media

  • Contact the local Council or other community groups to find out what they might be doing for CPPW.
What support is available?

There are a limited number of small grants available annually for each of the three years that the program is running of up to $10,000 to help grassroots groups celebrate their partnerships.

The grants, which are available nationally, are administered by the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal in partnership with Philanthropy Australia. Grant applications for 2017 opened on Wednesday, 5th April.

The grants for CPPW 2016 were open to not-for-profit community groups and the successful recipients were announced.

You can obtain information about the grants process along with guidelines and criteria on this website. At least one aspect of your project / program / activity / event must take place during Community and Philanthropy and Partnerships Week itself.

In addition to grants, the program has a dedicated website including resources and toolkits which can be used to showcase and celebrate community and philanthropy partnerships. A register of this year's activities happening across Australia during Community and Philanthropy Partnerships Week will be made available later in the year. In the meantime you can look at the list of events that took place during last year's #CPPWeek to get some inspiration.

How do I apply for a grant?

Applications for CPPW 2017 grants opened on Wednesday, 5th April.

The Grants page on this site sets out what you need to do.

In brief, you need to complete an application form (or you can provide a DVD / animated presentation, so long as you address all the questions.

The information we ask for includes explaining what you would do with the funding, what you have achieved through your partnership and how your partners would be involved in the celebration. You will need to provide a budget and a number of other supporting documents, which are detailed in the guidelines and on the application form. Please make sure you read them carefully.

Why is there a dedicated week?

We have chosen to celebrate community and partnerships working together during a particular week because it helps hone and focus media and broader community attention to profile really great work and significant examples of best practice and innovative partnership.

How does this fit in with #GivingTuesday?

#GivingTuesday is a dedicated day that encourages businesses, not-for-profits, charities, community groups, families and individuals to celebrate giving. #GivingTuesday was established in New York, USA and is supported by a number of organisations including the United Nations and Connecting Up in Australia.

We will be registering CPPW as a partner of #GivingTuesday again this year as it is another way of promoting philanthropic and community work that is happening across Australia. CPPW focuses more on celebrating partnership amongst communities and philanthropy. The program is spread over a period of a week to allow for more opportunity to showcase and celebrate the great work that is taking place in urban and rural Australia.

Is CPPW just an excuse for a party?

No it isn’t just about a party at all. Community and Philanthropy Partnerships Week is a chance for community groups and philanthropic partners to showcase and promote the great work they are already doing in the cities and regions right across Australia. It is also an opportunity to share knowledge and best practice, and to strengthen or develop new relationships and partnerships.

It is also a way to change the perception that philanthropy is something that is only done by high-net-worth individuals and businesses. The reality is that it takes place in communities across Australia every day, as people contribute their time and talent, as well as their own funds, to make a better community. This initiative is an opportunity to highlight and showcase all that great work. CPPW allows communities to design a celebration that fits their own criteria.

Why isn't the funding going towards a particular project / charity?

One of the key aims of this week is to share ideas and to encourage others to explore philanthropic partnerships. By celebrating what happens when community groups connect with philanthropy, we believe that we can achieve more than would be possible by just funding one project. We believe that a week-long focus on philanthropy and community partnerships can help create new ideas, and formulate new partnerships. Hopefully it will inspire more partnerships between philanthropy and community, building more social capital and resilience.

Why is the Government supporting CPPW?

The Government recognises that a great deal can be achieved when grassroots community groups in cities, towns and regional areas partner with philanthropic support – whether it comes from traditional philanthropic groups like trusts and foundations or from corporate partners.

There was a desire to showcase the things that are achieved through these partnerships, and to share the benefits of philanthropic engagement with local communities

Community and Philanthropy Partnerships Week is such an opportunity – a way for community groups and philanthropic partners to showcase and promote the great work they are already doing in the cities and regions right across Australia. It isn’t prescriptive and the celebration can be in whatever form best suits the organisations and community involved. It is also an opportunity to share knowledge and best practice, and to strengthen or develop new relationships and partnerships.

Do we have to use the CPPW logo when promoting our event?

If you have received a grant as part of the CPPW initiative, then you are required to use the CPPW logo and adhere to the brand guidelines in all your communications activities, including media releases and promotional material.

If you are not a grant recipient we would still like you to use the CPPW logo, although it is not essential. But the more visibility it gets, the more it helps to spread the message about the value of philanthropy and community partnerships and may encourage others to participate.

How do we get hold of a copy of the CPPW logo?

You can obtain the CPPW logo and supporting brand guidelines by emailing: info@communitypartnerships.com.au.

You will need to tell us in what format you would like the logo and whether in full colour or black and white. In time, the logo and the guidelines will be loaded onto this website under the Resources section. It is important that you adhere to the brand guidelines so that we ensure the proper use of the logo and that it is displayed in the best possible manner to achieve the best outcome for the promotion of CPPW and your initiative.

Are there brand / visual identity guidelines for using the CPPW logo?

Yes there are some brand guidelines which you can obtain by emailing: info@communitypartnerships.com.au.

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