Grace Gives Gold Donor partnership with The Indigenous Literacy Foundation

At Grace, we believe that education is a big part of the local communities we live and work in. We are therefore extremely proud and excited to announce our Grace Gives Gold Donor partnership with The Indigenous Literacy Foundation (IFL) to coincide with this year’s NAIDOC Week celebrations.

According to The Indigenous Literacy Foundation “only 36% of Indigenous Year 5 students in very remote areas are at or above national minimum reading standards, compared to 96% for non-Indigenous students in major cities” *, creating a big literacy gap. Grace is providing financial support to the ILF via its Corporate Social Responsibility fund Grace Gives. The Indigenous Literacy Foundation is an innovative not-for-profit institution that aims to empower and build the capacity for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people living in remote Australia to develop and pursue their own literacy journeys. They do this through its three core literacy programs which include: Book Supply; Book Buzz and Community Publishing Projects.

Grace Gives support for the ILF complements our other initiatives for Australia’s Indigenous peoples including: our Supply Nation procurement targets, development of a company Reconciliation Action Plan and our internal goal of increasing Indigenous employment at Grace.

To learn more about the ILF and to read more about their program visit their website.

* Indigenous literacy | Indigenous Literacy Foundation

Grace Gives Grants

At Grace, we recognise that if not for our local communities, we wouldn’t be who we are. So each year we give back with a range of initiatives that support our important community across Australia and New Zealand.

We’ve been activating our Grace Gives grant program for three years now. This is our way of helping individuals and groups who need us most. This year over 200,000 people voted to help us choose our wonderful finalists. It’s never an easy decision and we encourage charities who didn’t receive a grant from us this year to please apply again next year. Grace Gives will continue to award grants to deserving community groups in the future and we know there are a lot of you out there.

Grace partners with Vinnies

Having noticed a lot of good quality items being thrown onto rubbish piles, Grace and The St Vincent de Paul Society have teamed up to rehouse unwanted items and help Australians in need. Simply request Vinnies charity carton/s as part of your Grace move, pack your unwanted things and we’ll collect the cartons and deliver them, on your behalf, to your local Vinnies shop.The St Vincent de Paul Society has been supporting Australians who are living in poverty and experiencing disadvantage for more than 160 years. Vinnies Australia has more than 600,000 members and volunteers who work hard to assist people in need and combat social injustice across the country.

Visit our Vinnies page for more information on our partnership and how you can move house and make a difference. Vinnies logo

 

Grace Membership with Supply Nation

Grace is proud to be a member of the Supply Nation program, whose aim is to connect its members to Indigenous suppliers, and by incorporating Indigenous owned businesses into the supply chain of Australian companies and government agencies.

At Grace, we recognise the value of a diverse supply chain to drive innovation and flexibility within our organisation. We also believe that by ensuring that our procurement decisions include Indigenous businesses, we can contribute to greater economic empowerment of First Australians and contribute to ‘closing the gap’.

Grace has a history of initiatives designed to help close the gap for Australia’s Indigenous peoples and communities. These initiatives include:

  • Internal Indigenous procurement targets
  • Working with Reconciliation Australia to develop a Reconciliation Action Plan (RAP)
  • Increasing Indigenous employment

Our membership provides opportunities for more of our staff to be involved in initiatives designed to promote greater inclusion of Indigenous people.