2018 in Review
The year 2018 was a great step forward for the InGrained Foundation.
To start the year our Board convened and quickly got to work, with the Foundation becoming registered as a deductable gift recipient in January.
In March we launched our website complete with our logo, vision, & mission, and we also setup our administration systems including emails and social media.
In April, we supported Stone & Wood in their annual Murwillumbah Open Day, which raised over $30,000 forWedgetail Retreat Community Hospice and Tweed Palliative Support.
Our NSW fundraising authority came through in May, allowing us to receive donations in our home state and we launched our GiveNow online donation platform.
In June, we supported another of Stone & Wood’s key events, Festival of the Stone in Byron Bay. It was a fantastic night which saw us raise $17,000, which we donated to Big Scrub Landcare who work to rejuvenate and protect the local Big Scrub rainforest.
Acknowledging that our reach extends beyond just one state, we became a registered charity in QLD in July, allowing us to hold events, raise funds, and support organisations with a broader audience.
Additionally, in the months of June and July, we were able to donate over $2,000 each to Little Lives Australia, and Save Lives Donate Organs respectively. These funds were raised from a donation jar at the Stone & Wood Tasting Room in Byron Bay with the recipients nominated by the Stone & Wood team.
Our first QLD event was held in November with Stone & Wood’s Backyard Invitational in Brisbane. Some very generous friends of ours (2 Degrees Byron Bay, Cape Byron Distillery, McTavish, and Yeti) donated prizes for a silent auction which, along with proceeds from ticket sales, raised over $4,500 which was donated back to the local community. The recipient was 4ZZZ, a community radio station which profiles upcoming musicians and provides a platform for budding students looking to get involved in radio. It is also just around the corner from the new S&W Brisbane brewery!
Finally, in December, our friends at A Day in the Bay held their inaugural event in Byron, with great live music, market stalls, and generously offering proceeds from their ticket sales to our Foundation. We look forward to seeing this great event grow in future years.
Looking ahead at 2019, we have some really exciting plans beginning with a fundraising Golf Day in March, along with the launch of our first public grants round. We’ll be looking for grant applicants through March and April, with recipients to receive funding for their projects in May. This is on top of continuing to partner with Stone & Wood on their key annual events, and we plan to launch a few more great fundraisers later in the year with proceeds continuing to support grassroots social and environmental organisations in our region.