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Opening the Doors Foundation

Contact

Name: Selma Bahtiyar

Position: Foundation Manager

Email: openingthedoors@optusnet.com.au

Address

PO Box 1088

Thornbury

Melbourne 3071

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Our Mission / Objective

The Opening the Doors Foundation addresses the severe educational disadvantage still being experienced by many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families, by providing assistance so that they are able to choose and successfully maintain a positive education environment for their children.

The Foundation provides grants towards the funding of educational costs not otherwise funded from government or other educational funding sources to cover costs such as school uniforms, books, school camps, excursions, levies (IT and other), health and wellbeing activities, leadership opportunities, music tuition, curriculum extension program (CEP) and other school associated costs.

Founded in 2001 the Foundation financially helped 32 students at Catholic schools, in 2003, the Foundation received DGR status and expanded support to Aboriginal families choosing any non-government educational setting. Over the years numbers steadily increased and in the 2017 school year the Foundation supported 757 students.

It is only through your support that we continue to grow and are in a position to help Aboriginal students and their families.

Projects in Progress

(For Indigenous Students enrolled in independent educational institutions in Victoria) ‘I want to make my dream come true’ – Encouraging and Supporting Leadership Opportunities for senior secondary students in rural areas. ‘How can we learn without our books?’ – Supporting secondary students in acquisition of required school texts. ‘Can we go to camp too’ – Supporting primary students in attending school camps.

Our People

Registration Information

ABN

20 671 392 558

Tax Deductible

Yes

How to help us

General Donations

Why Donate?

The Opening the Doors Foundation operates with the aid of a mix of funding from grants, donations, bequests, sponsorships, and fundraising.

Donations $2 and over are tax deductible.

Your Donation will be used to help the Foundation:

empower and support Aboriginal families to make choices in educational opportunities for their children;

help open the doors of independent educational institutions in Victoria for Aboriginal students; and

be a model of self-empowerment and self-determination by creating an organisation that responds directly to the needs of its own community.

Make a donation and help Aboriginal kids open the doors to independent education.

How your Donation Makes a Difference*:

    • $800 funds a secondary students booklist for a year;

 

    • $750 dresses a student in their winter uniform;

 

    • $500 covers extra tuition for VCAL subjects;

 

    • $450 provides a talented student with musical instruments and/or lessons;

 

    • $300 sends a student on school camp;

 

    • $200 purchases a calculator for a secondary student;

 

    • $100 provides a new pair of school or gym shoes;

 

    • $80 supplies a student with a new school bag;

 

    • $20 buys a school hat.

 

*examples only

Work with us

Volunteer with us

Volunteers needed. Get involved and make a difference! 

For further information please contact the Selma Bahtiyar, Foundation Manager directly or email openingthedoors@optusnet.com.au

 

Our Annual Reports

Our Mission / Objective

The Opening the Doors Foundation addresses the severe educational disadvantage still being experienced by many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families, by providing assistance so that they are able to choose and successfully maintain a positive education environment for their children.

The Foundation provides grants towards the funding of educational costs not otherwise funded from government or other educational funding sources to cover costs such as school uniforms, books, school camps, excursions, levies (IT and other), health and wellbeing activities, leadership opportunities, music tuition, curriculum extension program (CEP) and other school associated costs.

Founded in 2001 the Foundation financially helped 32 students at Catholic schools, in 2003, the Foundation received DGR status and expanded support to Aboriginal families choosing any non-government educational setting. Over the years numbers steadily increased and in the 2017 school year the Foundation supported 757 students.

It is only through your support that we continue to grow and are in a position to help Aboriginal students and their families.

Projects in Progress

(For Indigenous Students enrolled in independent educational institutions in Victoria) ‘I want to make my dream come true’ – Encouraging and Supporting Leadership Opportunities for senior secondary students in rural areas. ‘How can we learn without our books?’ – Supporting secondary students in acquisition of required school texts. ‘Can we go to camp too’ – Supporting primary students in attending school camps.

Our People

Registration Information

ABN

20 671 392 558

Tax Deductible

Yes

How to Help us

General Donations

Why Donate?

The Opening the Doors Foundation operates with the aid of a mix of funding from grants, donations, bequests, sponsorships, and fundraising.

Donations $2 and over are tax deductible.

Your Donation will be used to help the Foundation:

empower and support Aboriginal families to make choices in educational opportunities for their children;

help open the doors of independent educational institutions in Victoria for Aboriginal students; and

be a model of self-empowerment and self-determination by creating an organisation that responds directly to the needs of its own community.

Make a donation and help Aboriginal kids open the doors to independent education.

How your Donation Makes a Difference*:

    • $800 funds a secondary students booklist for a year;

 

    • $750 dresses a student in their winter uniform;

 

    • $500 covers extra tuition for VCAL subjects;

 

    • $450 provides a talented student with musical instruments and/or lessons;

 

    • $300 sends a student on school camp;

 

    • $200 purchases a calculator for a secondary student;

 

    • $100 provides a new pair of school or gym shoes;

 

    • $80 supplies a student with a new school bag;

 

    • $20 buys a school hat.

 

*examples only

Work with us

Volunteer with us

Volunteers needed. Get involved and make a difference! 

For further information please contact the Selma Bahtiyar, Foundation Manager directly or email openingthedoors@optusnet.com.au

 

Our Annual Reports

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