Organisations SWAN has made donations to

The entrance fee to SWAN meetings is collected and carefully managed by the SWAN treasurer and the administration committee which is comprised of SWAN members elected on an annual basis.  

A small amount is spent on the purchase of the food provided at each SWAN meeting, and the necessary costs of administering the organisation such as stationary and stamps.

 A token thank-you gift of a book voucher, along with a bouquet of flowers is given to each guest speaker, who kindly gives up her sunday morning to visit and provide us a stimulating talk.  The speaker is also given a donation for a charity of their choice ( with the provision that it is a charity that supports women or social justice in some capacity).

A varying proportion of the bulk of the funds is put towards the SWAN Bursary (please refer to the SWAN Bursary page).

From time to time SWAN makes one off donations to organisations that the administration committee feels appropriate, these have included the following recipients.

The following list is not in any particular order, either of importance, chronological, or of the size of the financial donation given by the SWAN admin committee on behalf of our members.

For more information about the following organisations, please click on the highlighted names to be redirected to the appropriate websites.

THE OAK TREE FOUNDATION

Oaktree is young people leading a movement to end poverty. It is Australia's largest youth-run organisation. The donation from SWAN was to assist with current projects in Southern Africa and East Timor.

UNHCR

To the 'Safe mother and baby appeal'  in Chad.  Which supported reproductive health programs in the Sudanese refugee camps.

WHISE (Women's health in the South East)

The regional women's health service for the Melbourne Southern metropolitan region, with the aim of improving the health and well-being of women in the region within a social model of health and within a feminist perspective.  The SWAN donation went towards helping a young muslim girl's club and an Afghani women's group to have women only swimming lessons.

VICTORIAN WOMEN'S TRUST (Heather Osland support and Action Group 2005)

The Victorian Women's trust (VWT) is an independent organisation which provides a voice for women and girls.  They advocate on behalf of women wherever they can and contribute to policy debates, initiate and run major special projects and campaigns.  There is information about Heather's case in the Annual reports 2004-5 and 2005-6.

 

THE MORNINGTON PENINSULA WIG LIBRARY

A free service for women who have lost their hair following chemotherapy.

THE ABORIGINAL SUPPORT AND DEVELOPMENT UNIT

Run by the Mornington Peninsula council, to promote understanding of the issues challenging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and aims to ensure equitable access to services for indigenous communities living on the peninsula.

HASTINGS NEIGHBOURHOOD RENEWAL, COMMUNITY KITCHEN PROGRAM

Towards providing a facility that provides the community a place to share and learn. A range of activities have since been established at the Hub, which is also home to the Hastings neighbourhood renewal program.

THE COUNCIL OF SINGLE MOTHERS AND THEIR CHILDREN

The CSMC is a statewide community organisation run for and by single mothers and their children.  They provide telephone support and councelling, referal, advise and emergency relief to single mothers throughout Victoria. CSMC aims to improve the conditions of single mother headed families. CSMC is well recognised as a source of expert advice on relevant issues.