• Melbourne – Diverse and Inclusive – help us contribute to great small organisations

    Melbourne – Diverse and Inclusive – help us contribute to great small organisations

Our Committee

The Impact100Melbourne Committee Members are all volunteers and donors to the Impact100Melbourne sub-fund. Here we are pictured with the CEO of Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation, Catherine Brown at the 2014 Gala Awards Night.

Meet our Committee Members

Rikki AndrewsRIKKI ANDREWS
Founding Committee Member

Rikki is currently a Philanthropic Relations Manager at Deakin University following on from a role with the Gardiner Foundation. She has a background in sales, business development and grant-making within trustee companies. Since 2010, Rikki has been a sessional lecturer for the Asia-Pacific Centre for Social Investment and Philanthropy’s Master of Philanthropy and Social Investment program. She was [previously the Professional Development Manager for Philanthropy Australia. Rikki is also the Foundation Assistant for a private family foundation. In her spare time Rikki is on a not-for-profit board, and is a member of two Giving Circles, Impact100Melbourne and the Melbourne Womens Fund.

“Seeing people ‘get’ the notion of giving and their capacity to have an impact is an absolute highlight whether I am working with high net worth individuals or members of our giving circles. There is so much to gain when we all experience the joy of giving”.

Connect with Rikki on LinkedIn or follow her on twitter @rikkitweets


 Richard BrownRICH BROWN
Founding Committee Member 

I felt that I could and should do more upon learning that:

  • on average, Australians give only 0.36% of their taxable income to charities; and
  • less than 38% of individual tax returns claimed a deduction for a gift to charity.

The concept of Impact100 resonated strongly with me immediately.  It appeared to be the most engaging, constructive and fun way to address these statistics and our focus in 2016 on building diversity and inclusion in Melbourne was something that I am particularly passionate about having spent much of my childhood living abroad.

Since engaging with Impact100 Melbourne, Richard has joined the board of River Nile Learning Centre, which received the first Impact100 Melbourne major grant in 2013.

Connect with Rich on LinkedIn

MARIA BUTTERY
Committee Member

Maria is the principal of Maria Buttery & Associates, an innovative consultancy that proactively identifies opportunities aiming to help clients build commercial sustainability. She has a background in marketing, sales and business process efficiency.

Maria completed an MBA majoring in marketing in 2014, is a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has sat on a number of NFP boards.

Maria has an interest in compliance and ethical practice, and can provide an end to end solution for organisations that need to review their strategic direction, engage and enhance communication with customers, build brand loyalty and refine processes.

Maria has an interest in assisting SMEs and NFPs and has worked in a range of industries such as education, hospitality and tourism, property development, principal racing authorities and aged care.

Maria is particularly interested in the philosophy of giving circles and would like to see increased engagement from the general community in this area.

In her spare time, Maria studies Law at the University of New England and enjoys theatre, art, cooking and travelling with her husband.

Connect with Maria on LinkedIn


Catherine Harper CATHERINE HARPER
Committee Member

Catherine’s day job for many years has been to assess the impact of interventions. She first engaged with the Giving Circle movement in Brisbane, and linked with Impact100Melbourne very quickly after moving to Melbourne.

‘Seeing the impact of Impact100Melbourne on individuals and also communities is inspiring.  Sharing the decision making as to the annual theme for the grant, and selecting the final recipient from such a breadth of worthy recipients is a great way to be part of making Melbourne better for everyone

Connect with Catherine on LinkedIn


 GEORGIE KELLY
Committee Member

Georgie has fifteen years of experience in grant writing and assessing. She has been actively involved in professional bodies, particularly in event planning and management. Impact100 Melbourne offers a wonderful opportunity to make a difference to Melbourne. Even more appealing is the chance to be actively involved and hands on, to learn more about the issues that affect the community and the organisations that provide support and assistance.


Vanessa Meachen VANESSA MEACHEN
Founding Committee Member

Vanessa was the fundraising manager for Trust for Nature and worked at Philanthropy Australia, the peak body for Australian philanthropy, for almost 15 years. In her most recent role there, as Research and Policy Manager, she provided information and assistance to philanthropists and professional advisors, and coordinated Philanthropy Australia’s representation role through drafting, finalising and submitting policy submissions during the not-for-profit regulatory reform process.

Vanessa is the author of several downloadable publications including A Guide to Giving for Australians and An Introductory Guide to Grantmaking. She also designed and delivered a successful program of introductory workshops for grant-seekers on accessing philanthropic funds, which she conducted in all States and Territories.

“Through my work in philanthropy I’ve seen the amazing good it can do. Collaborative giving means that I can share in that joy and help create positive change with a relatively small contribution. It’s the democratisation of philanthropy.”

Connect with Vanessa on LinkedIn or follow her on twitter @VanessaMeachen


Sharonbrussels SHARON NATHANI
Committee Member, Chair Grant-making committee

At the start of 2017 Sharon filled in as the Executive Officer for the Confident Girls Foundation and she was previously the Executive Officer for the Inner North Community Foundation.  She writes the philanthropy blog ozphilanthropy and she is currently studying for a Masters in Social Investment and Philanthropy at Swinburne, having completed a Graduate Diploma in Business (Philanthropy and Nonprofit Studies) at QUT.

Connect with Sharon on LinkedIn or follow her on twitter @sharonnagoanna


Jodie Odgers JODIE ODGERS
Committee Member, member Grant-making committee

Jodie is currently the Grants Manager at Zoos Victoria where she gets to blend her Conservation Ecology degree with her career experience as both a grant seeker and grant maker. Having worked for both non-profit organisations and government authorities for the last ten years, Jodie’s roles have always been focused on supporting grass roots movements and volunteer driven organisations.

It was her previous role as Grant Manager at the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal that sparked her interest in philanthropy. Upon moving to Melbourne Impact100 seemed to be the perfect opportunity to give it a go, get involved and make a difference. As an Impact100 Melbourne committee member, Jodie is looking forward to hearing about and seeing first hand the terrific work being done by the organisations that support the many and diverse communities that make up Melbourne.

Connect with Jodie on LinkedIn


Michael Snowden

 MICHAEL SNOWDEN
Committee Member, member Grant-making committee

Donating money to various charities had started to feel a little passive, and I felt that my relatively tiny contributions to larger charities were not as targeted or having as much effect  as I had hoped.

I wanted to participate, not just donate – to give more than money,  to give time as well, so I joined Impact100Melbourne in 2015.

Having worked in the corporate IT world for 20+ years, I was accustomed to a business case / benefits approach to projects. Impact100Melbourne offers the best of both worlds for me – maximum impact for the money donated as well as being offered the opportunity to participate in the decision-making process.

Last year was fantastic and a real eye-opener to the amazing work many small groups are doing on behalf others. Having now met some very impressive like-minded souls in Impact100Melbourne, and being introduced to the caring, thoughtful, methodical and targeted approach to giving, I wonder why I didn’t start long ago.

Connect with Michael on LinkedIn


 JEREMY TAYLOR
Committee Member

Jeremy is a private client advisor at Shadforth and has worked in financial planning since 2000.  He joined Impact100 Melbourne in 2017.

Connect with Jeremy on LinkedIn or follow him on twitter  @JeremyTaylorCFP

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