Money might not equal happiness but, for a small community organisation or charity devastated by the past two years, it can be the difference between surviving and not.
As part of its 15th birthday celebrations, Canberra-based insurance broker Allinsure is coming to the rescue.
The initiative, dubbed ‘15 for Fifteen‘, encourages charities, community organisations or sporting groups to apply for one of 15 micro grants.
Allinsure director Peter Chamberlain says a successful applicant will demonstrate a tangible need for something to support the local community.
“Whether that be a new set of goals for a local soccer club, new equipment for a community soup kitchen or garden, or other vital services,” he says.
“We’re asking these organisations to tell us what would help them. All they need to do is tell us a bit about what they’d like to do and how it would help.”
Founding director of Allinsure when it established in Canberra in 2007 as a locally-owned and operated insurance brokerage, Peter says the team has supported a wide range of community initiatives since the beginning.
“One of the key things I was taught by my parents growing up is that those who can do it, should support those in need.”
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Peter has a deep belief in the importance of giving back to the local community.
Actively involved on committees and boards, he was instrumental in establishing the Chamberlain Foundation, an Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) registered charity, which has raised in excess of $430,000 for mental health and suicide prevention initiatives over the past few years.
Now as Allinsure business partner, Peter oversaw the start of the Community Engagement Program in 2018, allowing staff members up to four days of paid volunteer leave to support causes close to their hearts. It has also provided part-time employment opportunities for people living with disabilities.
Peter says he’s particularly interested in extending the program to support smaller community organisations – “the ones often overlooked when it comes to fundraising”. Allinsure’s 15th birthday provides the perfect opportunity.
He wants the milestone marked by a tangible and lasting legacy.
“As an insurance broker, we help protect against risk and help businesses survive through hard times. And through COVID, the smaller community organisations and charities have really felt the pinch.”
As cash flow dries up for businesses and individuals, the effects flow through to donations. Larger charities, with their major benefactors, can absorb the lack of funds more readily than those relying purely on the generosity of individuals.
“[For these] a small grant can make a big impact,” Peter says.
Organisations and charities can apply online. Allinsure will announce the successful grants in coming months.