Seed aims to be a good neighbour. In our location in the city this happens to be mainly with
marginalised groups such as injecting drug users and people who experience homelessness. However, we are also situated on Collins Street, the
'best address in town', where our neighbours are large
corporations. We are as
committed to building community with the people at
our front door as we are with the marginalised people at our back door.
Urban Seed has a workplace giving program in place, brokered by the Australian Charities Fund, with the following organisations:
Ongoing financial commitment is vital to an organisation of our size, so we greatly appreciate this support. However there is more than just
financial benefit in these partnerships. We are working towards gaining
a better understanding of how the private and not-for-profit sectors
can work towards building a better community. For example, Mallesons Stephen Jaques
provides significant pro bono legal support, and PricewaterhouseCoopers audits Urban Seed’s annual accounts and provides pro bono help with the tax returns for Credo Café guests.
Workplace Giving programs enable employees to make regular
contributions to their preferred charities with no cost to the charities. By
establishing a pattern of incremental donations from both employees and
employers through their payroll, charities are able to benefit from
stable funding that is free of fundraising costs.
For more information go to www.australiancharitiesfund.org.au
Utz and Ansvar Insurance are also well integrated partners. Ansvar
Insurance provides financial support for our Youth and Schools team and
takes an interest in what we are teaching. Clayton Utz provides
financial support and pro bono legal advice to Credo Café guests.
Corporate relationships enable
Urban Seed to avoid reliance on government funding. This allows us to
continually call the government to account on policies and decisions
that affect our neighbours. It also allows us to build community and help
people in ways that don’t involve large amounts of our limited staff
resources being used to meet stringent welfare benchmarks.
A Laneway Cricket match involving Goldman Sachs JBWere and the Credo community.