ESO Summit Master Classes

Covering a range of topics curated to foster engagement and collaboration across ESOs dealing with veteran welfare support, the ESO Summit Master Class Sessions are designed to provide practical and insightful takeaways.

Master Class Stream 1 – Building Sustainable Grants and Funding Strategies

Presenter: Craig Hunter – Business Strategist and Development Manager, Strategic Grants

Craig Hunter ESO Summit master class presenter

Topic: Identifying funding sources, building the right reputation, and maintaining a sustainable grants program.

Strategic Grants has worked with ESOs in developing grant strategies for significant investment, including a grant that supported the establishment of RSL Victoria’s Veteran Central.

  • Craig is a not-for-profit professional who spent 20 years working in media, publishing and business development before moving into the sector.

    At Strategic Grants, he works with for-purpose organisations to build and sustain effective and customised grant-seeking strategies through research, planning, project matching, policy, and process development, writing and training.

    Craig and the team at Strategic Grants’ experience spans over 20 years. Strategic Grants’ successful track record ranges from $5,000 philanthropic grants to $50 million government tenders.

Presenter: Chris Giles – Chief Executive Officer, Australian Kookaburra Kids Foundation

Chris Giles ESO Summit master class presenter

Topic: Persuasive grant application strategies

  • Kookaburra Kids has recently received a $13 million grant to roll out its Defence Kids program. It also works closely with a broad cross-section of Victorian ESOs.

In this session, you will also hear from the Victorian Government’s Office for Veterans about funding opportunities for ESOs offered by the Victorian Veterans Council and Victorian Government.

Master Class Stream 2 – Forming Partnerships for Scale and Social Impact

Presenter: Chris Mason – Associate Professor Centre for Social Impact, Swinburne University of Technology

Chris Mason ESO Summit master class presenter

Topic: The organisational and social benefits of taking a strategic approach to service delivery.

  • Chris works with organisations and policy makers across different sectors and industries to develop new, better ways to build capacity and capability to measure social impact.

    Examples of his work include the Social Enterprise Reporting Tool, the Map 4 Impact study in Victoria, and the Danjoor Koorliny Walking Together project in Western Australia. He is currently collaborating with Melbourne Legacy to develop social impact measures for programs supporting veterans and their families.

Presenter: Annabelle Wilson – Community Services Executive Manager at Melbourne Legacy

Annabelle Wilson - ESO Summit master class presenter

Case Study: On Melbourne Legacy’s Social Impact Report highlighting how the organisation’s collaboration with Swinburne University of Technology provided pathways to service improvements, tighter partnerships, and securing long-term funding.

  • With an Applied Science degree, a Research Australia Award, and working toward a Masters' degree in Social Impact, Annabelle’s history is rich in providing support and care to people in challenging situations.

    At Melbourne Legacy, Annabelle connects with families of veterans in a unique way, strengthened by her experience as a veteran widow. Her husband, Josh Chalmers, passed away in 2017, shortly after returning from deployment in Afghanistan. Two and a half months later, their daughter Primrose was born, and Melbourne Legacy stepped in to help rebuild and support their life.

    Annabelle is now giving back to the Legacy community in her new role, where she manages the Community Services Team, providing beneficiaries with social connection and access to wellbeing and financial support.

Reviewed 18 July 2022

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