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Opening the Doors Foundation

Contact

Name: Carol Messer

Position: Foundation Trustee

Email: enquiries@openingthedoors.org.au

Website: http://www.openingthedoors.org.au

Address

PO Box 1088

Thornbury VIC 3071

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Our Mission / Objective

The Opening the Doors Foundation was established as an Aboriginal Community controlled organisation, self-funded through philanthropic grants and a community donation program, receiving no government support.    The Foundation identified over a number of years, the gaps that exist in the services available to Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander families in regard to educational opportunities in Melbourne and across Victoria.  These gaps are addressed in the purposes of the Foundation, for it is clear that, regardless of the existing services available, a particular effort is needed to financially assist and encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait youth to achieve the highest possible academic results consistent with that of their non-Aboriginal peers.  Our witness of achievement is in the success of culturally appropriate academic experiences that builds self-esteem and provides a future of change to the generational disadvantage still being experienced by many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families in Victoria. 

To this end the Foundation was established in 2001 to enable and support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families to access an independent education in Catholic and independent schools in Victoria for their children.  That year the Foundation supported 32 student applications for assistance.  Over the past 17 years the Foundation has grown to supporting 772 students in 2018, and has been privileged to witness over that time the success stories of Year 12 completions, entries to universities, TAFE and the gaining of apprenticeships by many students.   

It is only through your support that we can continue to grow and continue to assist in closing the gap of educational disadvantage for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth in Victoria.

A Family thanks you:        Having the camps and excursions paid for also lifted some of the pressure of fees. Thank you very much. I try very hard to send him to a great school and your dedication to helping students is amazing.

Projects in Progress

The Foundation provides grants towards the funding of educational costs not otherwise funded from government or other educational funding sources, including uniforms, books, school camps, sporting activities, excursions, IT levies, health and well-being and leadership programmes. 

Two separate programmes offer particular assistance in accessing Music Tuition and school Curriculum Extension Programs (CEP) enabling students to travel interstate and overseas for cultural and educational opportunities. 

Feedback from two families tell of the benefits of music and CEP:

I attended a cultural camp at Lake Mungo with other Aboriginal students. This was an amazing camp that helped me deepen my spirituality and knowledge of my culture and land.

The best thing was support for (her) music. Learning music has been great for (her) confidence, exercising that part of her brain, leading to an increased focus at school and socially more well-rounded.

Our People

Names of Board Members

Vicki Clark OAM

Founding Trustee and Chair

John Arthur OAM

Founding Trustee and Chair of the Finance Committee

Professor Henry Atkinson

Trustee

Melissa Brickell

 

Founding Trustee

Jason Kelly

Trustee

Carol Messer

Founding Trustee

Professor Gabrielle McMullen AM

Trustee

Nerita Waight

Trustee

Registration Information

ABN

20 671 392 558

Tax Deductible

Yes

How to help us

General Donations

Why Donate?

The Opening the Doors Foundation is self-funded through philanthropic support, general donations, bequest sponsorships and fundraising.  The Foundation does not receive State or Federal Funding.

Your Donation will be used to help the Foundation:

  • To empower and support Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander families to make choices in educational opportunities for their children, including extra-curricular, extension and leadership programmes.
  • To help open the doors to a culturally appropriate and successful educational journey in Victorian independent school for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.
  • To be a model of self-empowerment and self-determination by administering an Aboriginal controlled organisation that responds directly to the needs of its own community.

How your Donation Makes a Difference

The following feedback from families will relate How Your Donation Makes a Difference:

  • (She) is determined to be the first in the family to do Year 12 this year and pass!
  • (He) was a leader this year and was very proud and took it seriously. We cannot thank you enough for all your generous help throughout the past 8 years please know how much appreciated and needed it is.
  • He had a smooth transition into secondary school this year. Your support ensured he had all the uniform, school bag, school shoes and books he needed which we may not otherwise have been able to afford. I don’t know if you realise how much this support alleviates these stresses, so we are able to give our children a good education.
  • He continues to excel in his studies receiving excellent school reports in all areas of the curriculum but particularly English and Science.  OTDF support is so important to us and it really makes all the difference. We thank you sincerely for your ongoing support of our children. (OTDF has supported him from Prep to Year 10 so far!)

Work with us

Volunteer with us

Volunteers needed. Get involved and make a difference! 

For further information please contact  Foundation Manager directly or email enquiries@openingthedoors.org.au

 

 

Our Annual Reports

Our Mission / Objective

The Opening the Doors Foundation was established as an Aboriginal Community controlled organisation, self-funded through philanthropic grants and a community donation program, receiving no government support.    The Foundation identified over a number of years, the gaps that exist in the services available to Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander families in regard to educational opportunities in Melbourne and across Victoria.  These gaps are addressed in the purposes of the Foundation, for it is clear that, regardless of the existing services available, a particular effort is needed to financially assist and encourage Aboriginal and Torres Strait youth to achieve the highest possible academic results consistent with that of their non-Aboriginal peers.  Our witness of achievement is in the success of culturally appropriate academic experiences that builds self-esteem and provides a future of change to the generational disadvantage still being experienced by many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families in Victoria. 

To this end the Foundation was established in 2001 to enable and support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families to access an independent education in Catholic and independent schools in Victoria for their children.  That year the Foundation supported 32 student applications for assistance.  Over the past 17 years the Foundation has grown to supporting 772 students in 2018, and has been privileged to witness over that time the success stories of Year 12 completions, entries to universities, TAFE and the gaining of apprenticeships by many students.   

It is only through your support that we can continue to grow and continue to assist in closing the gap of educational disadvantage for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander youth in Victoria.

A Family thanks you:        Having the camps and excursions paid for also lifted some of the pressure of fees. Thank you very much. I try very hard to send him to a great school and your dedication to helping students is amazing.

Projects in Progress

The Foundation provides grants towards the funding of educational costs not otherwise funded from government or other educational funding sources, including uniforms, books, school camps, sporting activities, excursions, IT levies, health and well-being and leadership programmes. 

Two separate programmes offer particular assistance in accessing Music Tuition and school Curriculum Extension Programs (CEP) enabling students to travel interstate and overseas for cultural and educational opportunities. 

Feedback from two families tell of the benefits of music and CEP:

I attended a cultural camp at Lake Mungo with other Aboriginal students. This was an amazing camp that helped me deepen my spirituality and knowledge of my culture and land.

The best thing was support for (her) music. Learning music has been great for (her) confidence, exercising that part of her brain, leading to an increased focus at school and socially more well-rounded.

Our People

Names of Board Members

Vicki Clark OAM

Founding Trustee and Chair

John Arthur OAM

Founding Trustee and Chair of the Finance Committee

Professor Henry Atkinson

Trustee

Melissa Brickell

 

Founding Trustee

Jason Kelly

Trustee

Carol Messer

Founding Trustee

Professor Gabrielle McMullen AM

Trustee

Nerita Waight

Trustee

Registration Information

ABN

20 671 392 558

Tax Deductible

Yes

How to Help us

General Donations

Why Donate?

The Opening the Doors Foundation is self-funded through philanthropic support, general donations, bequest sponsorships and fundraising.  The Foundation does not receive State or Federal Funding.

Your Donation will be used to help the Foundation:

  • To empower and support Aboriginal and Torres Strait islander families to make choices in educational opportunities for their children, including extra-curricular, extension and leadership programmes.
  • To help open the doors to a culturally appropriate and successful educational journey in Victorian independent school for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.
  • To be a model of self-empowerment and self-determination by administering an Aboriginal controlled organisation that responds directly to the needs of its own community.

How your Donation Makes a Difference

The following feedback from families will relate How Your Donation Makes a Difference:

  • (She) is determined to be the first in the family to do Year 12 this year and pass!
  • (He) was a leader this year and was very proud and took it seriously. We cannot thank you enough for all your generous help throughout the past 8 years please know how much appreciated and needed it is.
  • He had a smooth transition into secondary school this year. Your support ensured he had all the uniform, school bag, school shoes and books he needed which we may not otherwise have been able to afford. I don’t know if you realise how much this support alleviates these stresses, so we are able to give our children a good education.
  • He continues to excel in his studies receiving excellent school reports in all areas of the curriculum but particularly English and Science.  OTDF support is so important to us and it really makes all the difference. We thank you sincerely for your ongoing support of our children. (OTDF has supported him from Prep to Year 10 so far!)

Work with us

Volunteer with us

Volunteers needed. Get involved and make a difference! 

For further information please contact  Foundation Manager directly or email enquiries@openingthedoors.org.au

 

 

Our Annual Reports

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