Planners making the difference

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Thanks to the generosity of financial planners around Australia, five community not-for-profits will each receive grants of $10,000.

Making the announcement at the Future2 Gala dinner at the FPA Congress in Sydney last night, Future2 chair Steve Helmich said that 68 grants were received from all over Australia. Each one was endorsed by a financial planning professional.

“By nature, financial planners want to help people towards better, more secure lives. As well as giving financial advice, many find enormous personal satisfaction and enrichment from their involvement with those in the community who are most in need,” said Helmich.

New 'Make the Difference!' grants of $10,000 each will go to:

Beyond Empathy – endorsed by Kyle Pearson, Roberts & Morrow

Beyond Empathy’s Access All Areas (AAA) program aims to make a lasting difference in disadvantaged young Aboriginal lives by delivering arts and cultural activities to divert them from drugs and alcohol misuse.

The Esther Foundation – endorsed by Peter Dowling, Australian Life Planners

The Esther Foundation’s social enterprise schemes offer young women access to education, training, work skill development and experience.

Palngun Wurnangat Association – endorsed by Kathy Havers, Catalyst Financial Group

The Palngun Wurnangat Association is an independent indigenous women’s organisation that offers to broaden the experience of 12 young trainees and micro enterprise owners in Wadeye.

Shine for Kids – endorsed by Susan Du Chesne, Equilibrium Wealth

The ‘Stand As One’ juvenile justice mentoring project will help 15-18 year olds facing the financial and social difficulties of transitioning from the Baxter Juvenile Detention Centre, back into the community in metropolitan Sydney, the Hunter-Central Coast or Bathurst.

StreetWork – endorsed by Sally Manion, State Super Financial Services

The Kickstart Mentoring Program by StreetWork helps ‘at risk’ 11-18 year olds by engaging a trusted mentor to build trust and develop a plan around personal needs and goals, to get each life back on track.

Additional grants of $5,000 will also go to the Byron Community Association and Bridge Builders Youth Organisation.