Grant Story: Shaping the men of tomorrow

The aim of The Kai Eardley Fund [held with The Fremantle Foundation] is to create positive change for the mental health of our youth and to honour the life of Kai Eardley.

The Kai Eardley Fund supports Tomorrow Man workshops in Western Australia  – that work to disrupt the old school male stereotype, perpetuating a norm of masculinity that is far too narrow and doesn’t allow permission for healthy traits that strengthen resilience, keeping more men alive today and tomorrow.

Following the workshops:

  • 80% of participants expressed that the workshop broadened their views about what it means to be a man.

  • 81% of participants expressed that they feel more confident in reaching out after the workshop.

  • 92% of participants expressed that they would feel more confident in reaching out to someone else if they needed help

The Tomorrow Man team are back in WA this week delivering a further 17x workshops and making a guest appearance at The Kai Eardley Fund’s Pilates for a Purpose Fundraiser this Friday.

Also check out Steve Butler’s recent article in the West Australian Newspaper about The Kai Eardley Fund.

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Fremantle Dockers have made history

The Fremantle Dockers have made history, becoming the first Australian sporting team to launch a player-backed charitable fund.

Fremantle Players Community Giving is the result of hard work and dedication from the playing group of the Fremantle Football Club, with each player making regular personal donations into the charitable fund managed by the Fremantle Foundation.

The initiative focuses on making an ongoing to impact in the community and influencing young people’s lives for the better.

The players officially launched Fremantle Players Community Giving at Clancy’s last month and announced Night Hoops and Fremantle PCYC as the first two grant recipients of the fund.

Senior player David Mundy says he’s looking forward to making an ongoing impact in the community.

“Our focus is to have a real impact with our granting. I really want us to directly influence young people’s lives for the better. Playing AFL football is a privilege. And one opportunity we have as a result is to support the community around us. In this case, through our personal giving.”

The news of the Fremantle Players Community Giving fund has been well received by Philanthropy Australia. CEO Sarah Davies believes it’s a moment in time to celebrate and praises the choice to partner with the Fremantle Foundation.

“The Fremantle players have been smart to set up their fund with a community foundation. Community foundations are well connected into the local area and help donors identify often unknown projects that have a big impact. I wish the Fremantle players all the best as they step into the great world of giving.”


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Ngalla Maya breaking the cycle of recidivism


Five months out of the prison system and Wayne Ugle is off to start his first FIFO swing.

Wayne completed 4 weeks of training in Certificate III in Construction upon release as part of the Ngalla Maya reintegration program supporting individuals to make the changes necessary towards a better lifestyles for both themselves and their families.

Wayne’s partner Tasha Kelly said of the experience for their family “without your program and what you are providing at Ngalla Maya we wouldn’t know where we would be you are doing great things there changing the lives of many families along the way ….”.

Winners of the 2017 Impact100 Fremantle grant are creating opportunities and options for ex-offenders helping break the cycle of recidivism and find employment.

To date Ngalla Maya have currently placed 70% Aboriginal ex-offenders whom have been referred to Ngalla Maya’s reintegration program into employment and other training with employment outcomes.

Ngalla Maya believe that ex-offenders have rights to jobs, social support, health care and they are offering them training to maximise their job opportunities. These courses range from construction, civil construction, cleaning, accounting, and many more to choose from. Ngalla Maya then links the trainees to Rio Tinto, Skills Force, BHP Billiton, Pilbara Access and Ready Resources for employment opportunities.

Ngalla Maya continue to maintain the relationships with the companies while providing on job support to the trainee’s to ensure employment success. Ngalla Maya’s mentor’s and mediators will be available at all times during the first 26 weeks of employment.

The Impact100 Fremantle grant has allowed Ngalla Maya to bring services to the Fremantle area, with a staff member working in the Fremantle Foundation office 2 days a week. Ngalla Maya services need to be present in the Fremantle community as well as over 20% of participants training comes from the Fremantle and surrounding areas.

Ngalla Maya is about to achieve a national record for their work from prison to community to employment.


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Named Fund Information Afternoon Tea

Have you ever wanted to start your own charity or do you regularly give to multiple causes and struggle to keep track of all of your donations?

Come along to an information session and afternoon tea at the Fremantle Boys School, 92 Adelaide Street Fremantle on Thursday May 10, at 4pm to hear about how simple, effective and rewarding it is starting a Named Fund with the Fremantle Foundation.


When you start a Named Fund, it’s like having your own foundation, but without all of the hassles.

By having the Fremantle Foundation on your side you get support for the biggest question of all – How can you have the biggest impact?  

We can help you to make an immediate and ongoing impact on the vital needs of the community and causes you feel passionate about.

We would love to have you join us to find more about our Named Funds.  

Please RSVP here or if you are unable to attend on this day but would still like information about our Named Funds please email

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Good Philanthrophy Includes Risk

Media Release Growing Change

Media Release

For Immediate Release

16 April 2018



The journey of Growing Change shows how hard it is to sustain social impact.


In 2015 Growing Change were the proud recipients of the Impact100 Fremantle giving groups primary grant of $100,000 for their Fremantle Social Farm Project.

The Fremantle Social Farm’s aim was to eliminate social isolation through growing and selling food. Impact100 Fremantle donors were impressed with the vision and integrity of the project.

With the support of Impact100 Fremantle and other donors and supporters, 2016 was an exciting year for Growing Change as they successfully began an urban farm at the North Fremantle Bowling Club site. As the year progressed and growing was in full swing, high quality produce was sold to local restaurants.

During this time a pilot horticultural therapy program was delivered to improve the health and wellbeing of the participants.

So in a remarkable 12 months a unique urban farm became operational and the site building commenced.

The focus for 2017 was to continue to build on this, begin community engagement and address social isolation in a greater way.

The farm was ready to receive many more visitors and throw its doors open to the community, however at the end of 2016 Growing Change experienced a major setback when CEO and Founder Renee Gardiner experienced serious health issues forcing her to step aside indefinitely.

Unfortunately, despite the ongoing efforts of a dedicated Board, bringing the farm back to life without Renee’s vision and leadership was too difficult.

In February 2018, following ongoing efforts the Growing Change board made the difficult decision to relinquish the existing lease agreement to the City of Fremantle.

The City of Fremantle will now hold an Expression of Interest process for the North Fremantle site.

The Fremantle Foundation and Growing Change wish to thank all donors for their contributions. We acknowledge that this news is disappointing for everyone involved.

Good philanthropy includes elements of risk. This project shows just how hard it can be to create and sustain social change.

Growing Change continues to explore projects and initiatives around its original objectives.

And through the City of Fremantle process it is the Fremantle Foundation’s strong hope that a successful community garden can be created on the site.


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Impact100 Fremantle has launched for 2018

Expression of Interest Applications NOW OPEN

How can we create a community where all people feel a sense of belonging?

In the recently published Fremantle’s Vital Signs, Belonging was one of four key categories taking the pulse of our community.

Belonging is important for a vibrant and healthy community. A feeling of belonging can assist individuals in leading a healthy and rewarding life with a strong sense of agency.

In Fremantle we pride ourselves on a strong community spirit and a sense of real belonging, but who is missing out? There are people who live in and around Fremantle that don’t experience that sense of connection, community and belonging. How do we remove barriers and open doors to give these people stronger options and choices to participate in a real sense of belonging?

In 2018, Impact100 Fremantle is inviting organisations and projects that are creating opportunities for people to feel a stronger sense of belonging in our community.

Please CLICK HERE to download the EOI Application Form for Impact100 Fremantle 2018.

EOI applications are due 5.00pm, Friday 1st June 2018.


EOI Workshops – help prepare your application

To learn more about the process of Impact100 Fremantle and for tips on preparing a successful EOI application please come along to one of our EOI workshops.

EOI Workshop #1

Wednesday 11th April, 2018


Fremantle Foundation Office

Old Boys School, 92 Adelaide Street, Fremantle

Click Here to RSVP for EOI Workshop #1


EOI Workshop #2

Wednesday 2nd May, 2018

11.00AM – 12.30PM

Fremantle Foundation Office

Old Boys School , 92 Adelaide Street, Fremantle

Click Here to RSVP for EOI Workshop #2

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Join us at the Fremantle Ball 2018

Join us for another night of fun and dancing celebrating community spirit in Fremantle.

6.30PM, Friday 3rd August 2018

Esplanade Hotel Fremantle by Rydges

Your night of fun and thrills will include:

  • A delicious Fremantle inspired three course meal, local craft beer & West Australian fine wine
  • Live music from Perth’s best party band, Darren Reid and the Soul City Groove
  • Thrilling Live and Online Silent Auction with one-of-a-kind experiences and items
  • And so, so much more…

Book your table before 31st May, 2018 and receive an Early Bird Discount.

CLICK HERE to Book an Early Bird Table for the Fremantle Ball.

Get in quick because this offer is only available until the end of May!

 Want to become an Event Partner?

Do you want to increase your business’s presence on the night of, and in the lead up to, the Fremantle Ball we have sponsorship packages available.

If you’re interested in discussing this great opportunity to market your business, help support the community and enjoy a fabulous night, read the attached Sponsorship Proposal and contact us!

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Impact100 Fremantle Launch – Thursday 22 March


Impact100 Fremantle is about to launch for another year of high impact giving.

The launch event is a great opportunity learn more about the Impact100 Fremantle experience and hear an inspiring update from our 2017 major grant recipient Ngalla Maya.

The more the merrier so please bring your friends, family and colleagues and help us launch Impact100 Fremantle. All are welcome.

The bigger our circle grows, the greater the impact we can have.

Your invitation to the Impact100 Fremantle Launch Night 2018


Thursday 22nd March 2018

Clancy’s Fish Pub, Fremantle

Click Here to RSVP to the Launch Night

Come along and learn why hundreds of Freo locals are choosing Impact100 Fremantle…

Above: 2017 Major Grant Recipients Ngalla Maya Aboriginal Employment Access

On the 9th February 21 young Noongar men graduated with a Certificate III in Construction. 13 of the men have been through the prison system. Ngalla Maya were honoured to have Barry Winmar, from the WA Corrective Services Ministers Office, attend and present the graduates with their certificates.

In Australia, one in 9 of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders (First Nations peoples) have been to prison – an abomination that Ngalla Maya works to address. In Western Australia, one in 6 of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders have been to prison.

Ngalla Maya works to inspire and commit former inmates to training and education opportunities that lead to employment. Ngalla Maya provides mentoring and psychosocial support to the trainee and to their family members if required.

In the last five years Impact100 Fremantle donors have raised an outstanding $600,000 for incredible local projects.


Join the Impact100 Fremantle community

Impact100 Fremantle is a great way to come together and make a positive difference in our local community.

Our strategy includes making one primary grant of $100,000 each year – a game changing grant – empowering a local charity to dream bigger.

Donors at an annual Grant Awards Dinner choose the grant recipient collectively.

Become an Impact100 Fremantle member and Donate Now.

Did you know you can now make 10x monthly installments of $100 donations or choose donate $1,000 in one go?


We hope to see you at the Impact100 Fremantle 2018 launch.


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The Kai Eardley Fund Trunk Up to Break the Man Code

Suicide is now the biggest killer of men aged between 19 and 45.  In 2016, suicide accounted for over one-third of deaths among people 15-24 years of age, and over a quarter of deaths among those 25-34 years of age (ABS. 2017).

Claire Eardley, who lost her son Kai to suicide in 2017 hopes to reduce this number.  Kai’s brothers Cam and Joey along with their teammates Em and Em are entering the Rottnest Channel Swim on Saturday, 24 February to raise funds for the Kai Eardley Fund and have set themselves a goal of raising $12,000.

Cam and Joey say that while the “strenuous training and taxing swim is a lot to put your body” it’s “nothing compared to what my brother experienced, and what thousands of other individuals go through daily. In hindsight it’s the least we could do”.

Dom Foster is swimming solo to also raise funds for the Kai Eardley Fund. Dom said “it wasn’t until it happened to somebody I knew that the immense reality of the situation hit Home. Suicide IS the leading cause of death amongst young men”.

The Kai Eardley Fund, established through the Fremantle Foundation, allows the Eardley family, to effectively give back to the local community and to be involved in how the funds raised are disbursed.  Their mission is to create a positive change for the mental health of the youth of today.

Fifty dollars will pay for one boy to attend the Tomorrow Man program and enable emotional intelligence and ensure meaningful change. The program allows the youth to have unfiltered dialogue about how their lives are going and what they want to make of it.

To donate to The Kai Eardley Fund team go to or Dom Foster’s solo swim

Below: The Kai Eardley Fund team – Joey, Em, Em & Cam

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Grant Story: Kulbardi Fund support men to fight violence

Above: Aboriginal Males Healing Centre Founder and Chief Executive Devon Cuimara.

In May 2015 Aboriginal business leader and CEO of Kulbardi Office and Stationery Supplies, Kim Collard, established the Kulbardi Fund with the Fremantle Foundation.

The Kulbardi Fund was created to provide opportunities for disadvantaged members of the Aboriginal community particularly through employment and training, and the development of community projects specific to their needs.

Late last year the Kulbardi Fund threw their support behind the Aboriginal Male Healing Centre (AMHC) for The Sons of Fathers Family Violence and Sexual Abuse Conference.

The Conference brought together national experts, Australian practitioners and academics, private sector stakeholders, and Australian government representatives with the aim to facilitate debate across various sectors to discuss new approaches to practice and challenge traditional boundaries associated with the topics. 

AMHC chief executive and founder Devon Cuimara said the main objective of the conference was to provide opportunities for Aboriginal men to meet and discuss the current research in a centralised location.

You can read the 2017 AMHC Conference Summary Report here.

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