Save the Date: Fremantle Ball 2016


Put Friday, 29 July 2016 in your diary and tell your friends – the annual Fremantle Ball returns for another fabulous evening celebrating community spirit and compassion in Fremantle. Money raised from the Fremantle Ball will go towards the Fund for Children and Young People.

To register your interest for a table of 10 and make sure you don’t miss out, email:

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Befriend Summer Sessions

One of our Impact100 Fremantle 2015 Finalists Befriend are kickstarting summer with a series of free events, Befriend Summer Sessions!

Befriend Summer Sessions are casual social gatherings on Sunday afternoons at various parks around Perth.

There’ll be a local musician playing an acoustic set for your entertainment, and a couple of Befirend volunteers cooking up a BBQ, so you can snack on a hotdog for a gold coin donation.

Summer Sessions are a great way to get out and about on a Sunday afternoon, meet some new people, and get your year off to a sunny start!

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Bringing Viva Vittoria to Fremantle in 2016

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We are thrilled to share an update from Jasmin Jones about the Viva Vittoria Project.

Jasmin recently traveled to Brescia, Italy to take part in Viva Vittoria 2015.

Viva Vittoria is a growing movement working to reduce violence against women.

Viva Vittoria’s mission is to raise awareness and funds to eliminate violence towards women through shared relational art.

The aim is to bring Viva Vittoria to Fremantle, Australia in 2016 – a sister project to be held on the same day as in Italy, 25th November 2016, in conjunction with the International Day of the Elimination of Violence towards Women.

After Jasmin’s visit to Italy, apparently 100 women from Brescia plan to come to Fremantle for the 2016 event and ship a container of squares to contribute.

We look forward to bringing you future updates about the project and would like to extend our thanks to the Nectar for Women Fund for making this possible, and to Uniting Care West for auspicing the project.


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You’re invited to Growing Change’s Summer Sundowner

Our Impact100 Fremantle major grant recipient 2015 Growing Change are hosting their inaugural Summer Sundowner.  

Summer Sundowner

When: 2-9pm Sunday 6th December
Where: North Fremantle Bowling Club
Price: $15.00

Click Here to purchase your ticket to the Summer Sundowner.

This year featuring the award-winning Stratosfunk bringing the soul to fundraise for the Fremantle Social Farm.  
Stratosfunk is all about sharing their love of soul music from the 60s and 70s and the Motown and Stax hits that get you dancing.

To add to the fun, DJs Chicken Wing, Lil Cakes, Peggy Sue, Sugar Dixon, Phil Cooker, Mike Lowrey, and Funkarse Phil will be spinning records on the wheels of steel all day.

Come down to support a great cause, hear some classic tunes, have a boogie, and play some free lawn bowls. There will also be an art exhibition and silent auction, and no day at the bowls club would be complete without a raffle.

Fremantle Social Farm is an urban micro-farm that promotes social connection, positive health and wellbeing, active aging and economic participation through horticultural programs, with a particular focus on being mentally healthy.

The farm is a not-for-profit social enterprise that is planned for a vacant bowling green in the Gordon Dedman Park precinct of North Fremantle.We’ll be breaking ground on the project in January 2016.

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Growing Change win game-changing $100,000 grant

Home grown talent Growing Change were awarded $100,000 last night to establish the exciting Fremantle Social Farm through the Fremantle Foundation’s Impact100 Fremantle giving circle.

The farm will supply local restaurants with fresh organic produce and offer programs for people experiencing mental health issues and social isolation.

The winner was selected from four finalists who pitched their projects to the Impact100 Fremantle donors.

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In 2015 the focus for Impact100 Fremantle was Building Community Spirit. The giving circle is growing every year and now sees at least 100 donors contributed $1,000 annually. Donors pool the contributions to make high impact grants to local charities and projects. The donors’ select the winning project.

This year a record $130,000 was raised allowing the three other finalists, Befriend, InclusionWA and Lifting Horizons (Night Hoops), to walk away with $10,000.

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Growing Change was founded by Renée Gardiner, who lost her mother to suicide in 2010. Her personal experience highlighted a gap in services to address social isolation and to create employment opportunities for people like her mother.

The Impact100 grant allows Growing Change to:
  • Establish Fremantle Social Farm using a vacant bowling green at the North Fremantle Bowling Club for food production
  • Provide 100 scholarships for Truly Living Well a 12-week social and therapeutic horticulture course for people experiencing social isolation, with a focus on mental health and wellbeing
  • Provide opportunities for Truly Living Well graduates to lease individual or micro- business allotments and continue harvesting produce for personal consumption or sale through Growing Change’s customer networks
  • Supply local, fresh, organic vegetables to Fremantle restaurants and residents.
  • Establish themselves as a self-sustaining social enterprise as revenue will fund ongoing operations, with profit invested in establishing new farms in Fremantle and beyond.

The purpose of Fremantle Social Farm is to break down the barriers to social isolation, leading to greater support for change initiatives that increase participation. The farm promotes social connection, positive health and wellbeing, active aging and economic participation through horticultural programs, with a particular focus on being mentally healthy.


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You’re invited to the Impact100 Fremantle Awards Night 2015

The team at Impact100 Fremantle are pleased to invite you to the 2015 Awards night.

Come along, bring your friends and family to learn more about Impact100 Fremantle and see one of our Final 4 community organisations walk away with a game changing grant of $100,000.

Impact100 Fremantle Awards Night 2015

When 6.30 pm – 10pm Thursday 12 November

Where PSAS (Pakenham Street Arts Space), 22 Pakenham St Fremantle

Price $55.00 per person

Your night includes:
  • Complimentary drink on arrival (cash bar will then be available)
  • Delicious cocktail food platters by Sophie Budd and the 100 Hampton Rd residents
  • An update from FORM – our 2014 Impact100 Fremantle winner
  • We will hear 4 inspirational presentations from our finalists and learn how their projects will Build Community Spirit in greater Fremantle
  • Then 2015 Impact100 Fremantle donors will have the chance to vote to help decide the winning recipient
  • Finally the Major Grant and Runner-Up Grants will be announced for 2015

Click here to purchase your tickets.

In 2015 the focus for Impact100 Fremantle is Building Community Spirit. We invited initiatives that connect disadvantaged people back into the Fremantle community.

Through collective giving our group has distributed over $230,000 to important community organisations in the greater Fremantle area. This has made an incredible impact for our previous two winners, FORM and Dismantle.

We are pleased to present our 2015 Finalists!
  • Befriend Inc
  • Growing Change – Fremantle Social Farm
  • Inclusion WA
  • Lifting Horizons – Night Hoops

To learn more about our four finalists and to their game changing projects, head to our website.

We are still looking for 2015 Impact100 Fremantle donors!

Impact100 Fremantle is a great way to get involved in giving and together make a significant impact in your local community.

It is not too late to join the Impact100 Fremantle community as a donor in 2015! Click here to pledge your support.

We will continue taking donations right up until the 12th November.


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Congratulations Dylan!


Congratulations to our Founder and Executive Officer Dylan Smith for becoming the Chair of Australian Community Philanthropy at the Community Foundations’ Forum 2015 (#cfforum15).

Australian Community Philanthropy is a not-for-profit membership organisation that nurtures, supports and grows community foundations, like the Fremantle Foundation, across Australia.

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2015 National Community Foundations’ Forum

Last month, the Fremantle Foundation hosted the National Community Foundations’ Forum 2015 (#cfforum15).

More than 80 participants and 35 speakers came together to network, learn from each other, exchange ideas and think strategically and collectively about the future of community philanthropy.

Thank you to all who were involved in this inspiring forum, and it was a pleasure showing you around our beautiful hometown, the City of Fremantle! We were proud to introduce you to our Impact100 Fremantle 2014 grant winners, 100 Hampton Road, and loved being entertained by Sliders from CircusWA.

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