Insights & Learning

Engaging and Influencing

FRRR deliberately directs time and energy to opportunities to do more and better together. The range of forums, working groups, roundtables and collaboratives that FRRR, especially the CEO, is engaging in is illustrative of FRRR’s sector-spanning role and the value of the cross-cutting perspectives that our work has. Importantly, FRRR plays different roles – sometimes leading, sometimes supporting.

Some of our key connections include:

  • regularly engaging with the National Resilience & Recovery Authority;
  • working closely with Lord Mayor’s Community Foundation, Victorian Council of Social Services, South West Primary Care Partnership and Emergency Management Victoria through the Collaborative for Community-led Resilience;
  • partnering with ARLF on leadership initiatives;
  • collaborating with Outback Alliance, to put a focus on remote communities; and
  • participating in and convening the Regional Organisation Dialogue Forum.

FRRR also continues to convene the Rural Funders’ group within Philanthropy Australia, and to work closely with Australian Community Philanthropy, supporting the community foundations across the country.

In addition, we presented at or participated in a number of other events with sector leaders and our partners, sharing our insights and always advocating for remote, rural and regional communities.

Snapshot of engagements

  • Australian Marketing Institute’s Marketing Excellence Gala
  • Workplace Giving Excellence Awards
  • Philanthropy Australia Conference
  • Disruptive Ideas Forum
  • The Funding Network’s Regional Victoria Virtual Event
  • International Funders for Indigenous People Convening
  • South Coast Funders Roundtables
  • National Recovery and Resilience Agency Communication & Engagement Cross-Government Group
  • Tasmanian Funders’ Network
  • National Drought Forum
  • National Recovery and Resilience Agency Peak Body Representatives’ Workshop
  • Bushfire Recovery Victoria: Public Private Partnerships Networks
  • Generosity Forum 2021 Virtual Conference
  • National Awards for Local Government
  • Australian Philanthropy Awards
  • ABC Trailblazers Program Panel Member
  • ABC Heywire Ideas Lab, Broken Hill
  • Virtual Heywire Awards Presentation

Reports, Evaluations and Continuous Learning

A key part of our model is to try new approaches, then to evaluate and share what we learn. Earlier this year, we published Art Resides Here, which examined how five Victorian communities embraced the arts in different ways.

We also worked with Resilience NSW and University of Sydney to evaluate the action research approach of the Disaster Resilient: Future Ready model. This report, released in September 2021, contains several practical recommendations on how to increase resilience. We also reached mid-point in the Investing in Rural Community Futures program, which has a continuous evaluation element. We will collate those learnings and share then next year.

Our approach to continuously learning extends internally too and this year, we had 12 guest speakers join our Teams check-ins, including community leaders, providing insights from the ground, leaders from our community foundation partners, and from other organisations that also work with remote, rural and regional communities. We also invested in cultural competency and continued to deepen our engagement with and learning from First Nations communities.

Looking ahead, we are undertaking a new flagship research project, Heartbeat of Rural Australia, to understand how community groups and not-for-profits are faring. This will be a critical baseline and help to quantify the critical role that community groups and not-for-profits play in a vibrant remote, rural and regional Australia.

Art Resides Here

Summary Research Report – Disaster Resilient: Future Ready pilots