The Werx Foundation Inc in partnership with Australian Business and Community Directory, ‘Find It Locally’, has established a social enterprise that offers community services and not-for-profit organisations an opportunity to increase their fundraising capabilities and widen their exposure within local communities and townships throughout Australia.
Social Enterprise Focus
The WERX Foundation Inc is a not-for-profit charity that uses social enterprise interests to open up socio-economic opportunities for Australians who are disadvantaged in mainstream work, health and social activities as a result of disability or other life circumstance.
The WERX Foundation Inc is not a beneficiary of government funding but works in partnership within the business sector to establish new opportunities for its client group while meeting various business sector needs or goals. The WERX Foundation has established a number of social enterprises including B2C Community IT Recyclers – a environmental sustainability operation that manages the redirection of unwanted IT equipment from business and refurbishes and redistributes these as valued community assets.
The WERX Foundation Inc has now formed an exciting business partnership with business ‘Find It Locally’ to establish a range of opportunities for community organisations, communities in need, and its own client group. This partnership has facilitated a new social enterprise “FUND IT LOCALLY” – to open up new pathways for sustaining community resources and services through Fundraising and Business Sponsorship.
FUND IT LOCALLY will not only provide for the sustainability of strong communities and townships across Australia, but will also generate new socio-economic pathways for marginalised people by providing skills training, workplace experience and social access opportunities. Further, FUND IT LOCALLY will provide a unique opportunity for Australians seeking volunteering opportunities who are committed to community growth initiatives.
Social Enterprise Framework
FUND IT LOCALLY as a social enterprise will be managed and administered through The WERX Foundation Inc, using a digital presence to foster awareness and interest in community organisations participating in the initiative. The WERX Foundation Inc will also work to sustain the social enterprise over the coming years by supporting its human resource demands, and seeking grants and sponsors to support the enterprise goals.
The key success factor of the social enterprise initiative is generated through its business partner – ‘Find It Locally’. ‘Find It Locally’ offers a unique opportunity to community organisations participating in the enterprise to increase their fund raising capacity and community exposure through their “Community Partner Business Suite” - a consolidated suite of marketing and fundraising tools that will help them embrace wider community partnerships, and establish sustainable funding revenue.
The team at ‘Find It Locally’ will work with experienced Major Fundraising Partners to contact local community organisations to join this initiative.