2018 IN REVIEW
The year 2018 was a great step forward for the InGrained Foundation.
We wanted to take the chance to reflect upon and celebrate the hard work achieved last year, before looking ahead to some great initiatives and an even bigger year in 2019. Thank you to everyone who supported us and continues to support us as we work to help grassroots social and environmental causes.
Establishing the foundation – The first fundraising event
January: Our Board kicked off the year by registering the foundation as a deductable gift recipient.
March: The team launched our website with the logo, vision and mission finalised, and also set up important administrative systems and social media.
April: We supported Stone & Wood’s annual Murwillumbah Open Day, which raised over $30,000 for Wedgetail Retreat Community Hospice and Tweed Palliative Support.
May: We established our NSW fundraising authority, enabling us to receive donations in our home state. The foundation’s GiveNow online donation platform also launched.
Giving to new causes
June: We supported Stone & Wood’s Festival of the Stone in Byron Bay, a fantastic event that raised $17,000 for Big Scrub Landcare – an organisation that rejuvenates and protects the local Big Scrub rainforest.
July: We became a registered charity in Queensland, enabling us to hold events, raise funds and support organisations with a broader audience.
Additionally, across both months, we donated over $2,000 each to Little Lives Australia and Save Lives Donate Organs. These funds were generated from a donation box in Stone & Wood’s Tasting Room in Byron Bay, while its recipients were nominated by the Stone & Wood team.
Growing our reach and looking ahead
November: We held its first Queensland event at Backyard Invitational Festival in Brisbane. Here, our generous friends at 28 Degrees Byron Bay, Brookies Gin, McTavish and Yeti donated prizes for a silent auction, whose bids generated $3,800 for 4ZZZ – a community broadcaster that champions alternative, local, LBGTQIA+ and Indigenous news, music and culture. 4ZZZ is located just around the corner from Stone & Wood’s new Brisbane brewery (opening soon).
December: Finally, our friends at A Day in the Bay held their inaugural event in Byron, with awesome live music, market stalls and all proceeds from ticket sales donated to the inGrained Foundation. We look forward to seeing this event grow in the coming years.
Looking ahead to 2019, we’re excited about the launch of our first public grants round in mid-March. We’ll be asking Northern Rivers not for profits to submit applications, before end of April, for projects they need funding for, with successful recipients to receive funding of between $15k-30k for their projects in May. Watch this space!
All of this adds to the ongoing collaboration between the inGrained Foundation and Stone & Wood, including key annual events and several other fundraisers whose proceeds will continue to support social and environmental organisations in our region.