First Nations Philanthropic Funders Working Group

The First Nations Philanthropic Funders Working Group (FNPFWG) was established in 2021 to support the creation of a First Nations-Led funding model to direct philanthropic resources to support the health and wellbeing of the First Nations community of South Australia. The FNPFWG Group consists of ACCHO, and Aboriginal Community Controlled Organisation (ACCO) representatives and community members and is currently facilitating an engagement process with local communities to inform the design of the fund and to identify relevant health needs, priorities, and opportunities.

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Who are we?

"We want to create pathways for First Nations people to access resources outside of current structures, shape how and in what ways they interact with philanthropy, and to evolve and influence sustainable change while preserving our cultural identity."

Leeroy Bilney, Chair of the FNPFWG


What are we doing?

Responding to COVID-19, this approach focusses on creating additional capacity within the ACCHO’s to support Aboriginal communities in the face of the ongoing pandemic and to manage future impacts of the pandemic among Aboriginal Communities across rural and regional South Australia. In many ways, we’re creating a blue-print through this partnership – we’re starting right on the ground, in community with the people who need support during the pandemic, and working with them to figure out what they need.

Aboriginal Health in Aboriginal Hands

This partnership supports remote, rural, and regional Aboriginal Communities in South Australia to respond to the impacts of COVID-19 in the way that will best suit their communities and specific contexts. This response is being led by six Aboriginal Controlled Community Health Organisations (ACCHOs) that together form the First Nations Philanthropic Funders Working Group.
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Where are we working?

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impact areas

What are our impact areas?

Communities & place

Other areas of focus

What are our other impact areas?

First Nations populations

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