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100 reasonsNow that we have got your attention let’s share with you 100 reasons to apply for a grant that will help support women and girls.

Take a look at the photo, each one of these women has a story, some have stories about lack of safety, some inequality, some poverty, some domestic violence and some are too afraid to say.

Our aim at 100 Women is to provide three grants of up to $30,000 that will support a world where all women and girls can live safely with access to health, education and economic freedom.

The 100 Women Advisory Board and Grants Sub-committee are excited to announce that Expressions of Interest (EOI) are now open for our 2016 grants.

The EOI Form and Grant Guidelines can be downloaded here. Note EOIs need to be returned via email by Monday, 25 July 2016.

The Grants Sub-committee – consisting of 100 Women members – will then review all EOIs and make recommendations to invite a select number of eligible organisations to submit full grant applications.

The EOIs that are successful clearly outline a compelling project for a specific beneficiary group.  Evidence of the problem being addressed and why that organisation is the best-placed applicant is provided.  Additionally, it is well defined that the program or activity is built on stakeholder support and consultation and measures of change and outcomes are built in.

We encourage you to refer to the 2016 Grant Guidelines for more details.  If you have any questions, please email

Later in the year, all 100 Women members will be involved in a collective voting process to determine the three successful grant recipients.  An assessment summary will be provided about the grant finalists and members will be asked to have their say on where the money goes.

If you are not already a member, leverage your giving and become a high impact philanthropist by joining 100 Women today.

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Last week I attended the 3rd annual Nexus Australia Youth Summit in Sydney.  Nexus brings together a global community of young philanthropists, social change-makers, business entrepreneurs and impact investors – bridging communities of wealth and social entrepreneurship.  As founder, Rachel Cohen Gerrol describes it, it’s an opportunity to catalyse new leadership and accelerate solutions to the world’s problems.  Since 2011, the organisation has hosted over 20 summits across six continents and in Australia, the Summits have brought together an interactive mix of panels, workshops and networking to galvanise philanthropy, impact investing and social entrepreneurship to a new audience.  Here are just a couple of my key take-aways from the Summit.

Family and Giving

I was very inspired by the panel on inter-generational giving with David and Michael Gonski and Quin and Cathy Scalzo.  I love the opportunity that we have to influence our families to live a life of giving.  To talk about giving in our families, to give together and show the potential for all of us to make a difference.  David Gonski talked about the opportunity to donate your time and not just your money or as well as your money.  He loves to listen to others and hear how they wanted to make impact or change within society.   The other thing I enjoyed about this panel is that you could see the personal impact that giving had had on their lives.  What a lovely thing to share with your family!

The Challenges of the Social Sector

Tim Costello chaired an inspiring workshop and shared his views on the state of the social sector.   He spoke about transparency being key and noted the welcomed action by the federal government to keep the ACNC.  He also spoke about the compassion fatigue and how we as Australians can sometimes buy into the rhetoric of our politicians making us feel poorer than we are for their own political gain.  We have to remind ourselves we are the 3rd richest nation per capita. I encourage you to read his blog post on the topic here – Australia Must Emerge from ‘Bubble of Self Pity’.

The Impact of Unconscious Bias

Robert Wood from the Centre of Ethical Leadership gave an excellent workshop on the impact of unconscious bias in the workplace.  You can read some of the research he shared here which is a meta analysis of 117 studies providing rigorous experimental comparisons of men and women who are matched on all dimensions except gender and found that women who aspire to leadership and other male dominated occupations carry a heavy and hidden handicap due to unconscious bias.  But it wasn’t all doom and gloom, he explored the ways to overcome bias including actively encouraging a diversity of perspective, slowing down our thinking and reminding ourselves of the bias that may occur.

Business and Social Change

I’ve long been a believer that business has an exciting role in change.  It was Anita Roddick, the founder of The Body Shop, who wrote Business as Unusual, that first inspired me to establish my business, Alyceum.  One of Nexus’ sponsors, Geoff Wilson from Wilson Asset Management spoke about the inspiring journey of his business on the panel session talking about the Pledge 1% with Shanna Frati from Salesforce and Dipti Pratt, an ambassador for Pledge 1%, which is building a movement of corporate philanthropy.  The pledge is about businesses pledging 1% of equity, product and employee time for their communities.  Sounds good to me!  In fact, Geoff Wilson’s commitment went far beyond this, giving his staff 1 day per month to volunteer and $10,000 each year to do good.  How inspiring!

The Evolution of 100 Women

The conference was a lovely time of reflection.  When I attended the very first Nexus Australia Youth Summit in 2013 with my four-month daughter old and my mum in tow, 100 Women was just an idea!  It was just after this time that we set up the inaugural committee to launch the following year in March 2014.  In under two years, 100 Women has raised $200,000 and followed our purpose of igniting women as philanthropists while also building a funding pool for projects impacting women and girls both locally and globally.

I think we have a lot to be proud of with 100 Women:
– 6 grants giving $200,000 away to causes empowering women and girls both locally and globally
– the transparency and integrity of our Board, volunteers and organisation
– engaging a range of people in philanthropy – women, young professionals, first-time givers and more!
– our rigorous approach to grant making “effective altruism”
– our innovation and ingenuity “permission-less innovation”

Thank you for being part of the 100 Women journey.  I can’t wait to see what we can achieve in our next two years.  100 Women members are invited to a 2nd Birthday Dinner – register here.

Alicia Curtis

Co-founder and Chair, 100 Women

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2016upperThis month Conrad Liveris, a workforce diversity specialist, is our guest blogger.


Men can seem confused about how they can best support women and I understand that. Men who recognise the privileges they have been given and want to do something to better fix the lay of the land can come up stumps.

As it stands the options are pretty limited, sign a pledge here or attend an event there, which is hardly revolutionary and barely engaging in the long-term.

I tend to look at the evidence, and it is clear that greater effort needs to be focused on empowering women to create and define their own futures. Independence to contribute, on their own terms.

Most people can sign up to that.

This is a principle that is increasingly guiding Australia’s aid program, championed and embedded by Julie Bishop.

Most of us don’t have the resources of government or command billions of dollars to achieve gender equality.

Bringing people together to coalesce around a common goal is something which is integral to the achieve gender equality.  It is a goal worth pursuing but we cannot do it alone. That is why organisations like 100 Women are so important, this integrating of like-minded people with capacity to give targeting issues facing women.

Essential, needed and visionary for many in Australia that can achieve lasting change.

For many of you, since signing up to be a 100 Women member you will likely have found gender equality closer to the front of your mind.

That is part of the value we see.  The crystallising of intent means that we notice and consider gender equality more.

I spend a lot of my time thinking about women in the workplace and how we can push toward greater gender inclusion.  When I work with men on this issue I find actions speak louder than good intentions, that if we really want them to change they need to do something.

Pursuing gender equality comes in many forms.

Calling out crass comments, setting targets around representation, raising the diversity question in management meetings are genuinely the easy things to do.

From here we see a ripple effect.  Gender equality works it way closer to front of mind.  And so the duty to act when we see gender inequality in other forums begins to sit with us.

How we do that is showing the impact of our outcomes.

UN Women evidence shows that when we give financially to women it is her immediate community who benefits just as much.  Looking at this close to home we see this in Aboriginal communities and we see it in our communities when women return to work after pregnancy.

The best contribution men can make to gender equality is to provide women the space and capacity to thrive, on their own terms.



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Telethon Kids Institute and two international charities will receive vital funding of $99,950 via three grants from WA-based giving circle 100 Women, targeting employment, training and education.

The successful projects were chosen by giving circle members who each donated $1,200 to a collective grant fund to support women and girls.

Alicia Curtis, 100 Women Co-founder, says this year’s projects focus on safety, training, empowerment and development both locally and internationally. “All three grants aim to support women and girls to realise their potential” Alicia said.

“From improving the professional skills of Aboriginal women, to assisting female police officers in Cambodia to protect child crime victims, to educating young Cambodian women in science and maths – our members are helping make long-term change in the lives of women and communities.”

Telethon Kids Institute logoTelethon Kids Institute receive $39,450 towards the Remote Aboriginal Women Community Researcher project.

The project will train 10 Aboriginal women from remote communities across the Fitzroy Valley to become community researchers, exploring long-term intervention for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder.

Each woman will be supported to complete a Certificate II in Community Health Research and will have access to valuable work experience for future careers in research.

Global Development Group receive two grants of $40,000 and $20,500 on behalf of their international partners: Cambodian Children’s Fund and Classroom of Hope..

cambodian children's fundCambodian Childrens Fund trains Cambodian female police officers in the Child Protection Unit.

24 female police officers will receive specialist training for interviewing child victims of serious crimes, assisting in the expedient arrest of offenders.

Each will learn how to obtain important facts and evidence from interviews, and importantly reduce the number of times children must recount crimes to local authorities.

classroom of hopeClassroom of Hope will support young women from rural Cambodia to participate in science and maths studies.

With local partner Kampuchean Action for Primary Education, this project empowers 10 young vulnerable women to undertake Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) studies in 2-year tertiary-vocational degrees.

Personal development training and career counseling will also be provided to ensure high employment rates upon graduation.

Alicia describes how 100 Women is the “first experience many members have in philanthropy”.

100 Women members take pride in being catalyst for positive change in the lives of women and girls everywhere.

For more information on each project, or to become a member, visit

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David Morrison 4 FINALIt was wonderful to see David Morrison AO named Australian of the Year for his work on gender equality.  He has had an amazing career and has transformed the culture of the army to be more inclusive and diverse.  He has vowed to continue Rosie Batty’s work on domestic violence, build on diversity including the gender pay gap and reopen the republic debate.  Yay! Yay! Yay!  I’m excited about what this means in Australia in 2016.  I can feel a shift coming.

Women have been fighting this fight for many years but gender based violence, the pay gap, sex discrimination and sexual harassment have stubbornly remained.  Women’s voices have not been heard.  In all too many cases, their voices have been silenced.

The reaction to David Morrison’s appointment has been overwhelmingly positive.  In many ways, this follows the response to the United Nations and Emma Watson’s #heforshe initiative which has been overwhelmingly positive too.

What does this mean?  It means we, everyone, can talk about equality.  Many men I speak to say yes, they support equality and yes, they want to see things change.  Until we all, men and women, from different ethnic origins, different religions, different sexual orientations, stand together and take active and intentional steps together – only then will we see a real, sustained change.  And we can do this.  As a nation, Australia has an amazing opportunity to really become a stand out world leader.  If everyone stands together.

When I speak to men about 100 Women, they almost always say ‘that’s great, I’ll get my female (colleague/partner/boss/head of corporate social responsibility) to talk to you about it.

I challenge this every time.

I say, actually, you could be a member of 100 Women.  You are an everyday Australian who can be a philanthropist too.  You can make an enormous difference to the lives of women and girls across the globe.

Yes, men can join 100 Women.

We welcome men.  Men have contributed and continue to contribute to 100 Women as members, sponsors and through in-kind donations and services.  It is a necessary and welcome part of the 100 Women engine room.

Daniel White high resWhy would a man join 100 Women?  100 Women member Daniel White says:

I joined 100 Women to become involved in a highly credible group that has a material impact on women and girls who are facing challenges all around the globe.  I also joined to learn more about gender equality issues and to contribute and make positive change.

What would you say to other men who are interested in joining?

My experience so far is a very welcoming and friendly group of highly astute and passionate women who always look for opportunities to have maximum impact to improve the lives of women and girls.  100 Women is very encouraging for men to join and contribute to the group and the projects on foot.  I could not think of a more professionally run organization that will put my membership contribution to lasting effect – Daniel White.

100 Women is about enabling everyday people to be philanthropists and to improve the lives of women and girls globally.  You can be part of this movement.  Members can bring a friend for free to our Grants Ceremony on Sunday, 21 February 2016, men are also welcome to join us.  Engage men and women at your workplace about 100 Women.  Talk to your family and friends and colleagues.  Not just the women.  Talk to all of them.  We can do this together.  Why?  To paraphrase Canadian PM Justin Trudeau (another great man that walks the walk on gender equality) – because it’s 2016.


Cheryl Chan is on the Board of 100 Women, a Perth based giving circle which aims to enable everyday people to become philanthropists by granting to organisations that assist women and girls in the areas of health, safety and education.  She is also the Chair of the Operations and Finance sub-committee.


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