The idea of establishing a foundation in Buderim started within the Buderim War Memorial Community Association (BWMCA) in 2001. The planning and establishment phase took approximately 18 months and was funded by the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR), a Federal Government organisation established to strengthen rural and regional communities.
Since its launch in 2004 the Buderim Foundation has gained strong community support. By the end of 2017 the Foundation Fund stood at $1.4 million. Grants were first awarded in 2008, and in the ten years from 2008 to 2017, the Buderim Foundation has awarded 116 grants worth $383,857 to 66 community organisations in the 4556 postcode area.
The following is a brief record of the Foundation’s annual achievements:
The Foundation was registered as a philanthropic, not-for-profit organisation under the Commonwealth Corporations Act.
In January 2004, the Buderim Foundation received its first major donation of $20,000. In April, Dame Quentin Bryce, AC, CVO, formally launched the Foundation and planted the Foundation tree in Main Street. In November the Directors attended their first national Community Foundation Regional Forum and in the same month the Foundation held its first Moonlit Garden Gathering.
In January the Foundation received its first Back-to-School vouchers worth $5,000 from the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR). In July, the Foundation established a special BWMCA sub-fund into which potential BWMCA benefactors can elect to direct donations. In the same month the Foundation held its first tax-deductibility seminar for local non-profit organisations.
In January the Foundation participated in the Buderim Australia Day parade for the first time and distributed $5,000 worth of Back-to-School vouchers. The Foundation signed up three corporate sponsors to a $5,000 sponsorship agreement designed to cover the Foundation’s administration costs. In February the website was established, Foundation stickers appeared on cars and letterboxes, and a Community Ideas Forum was held. In March the Foundation received its first bequest of more than $38,000 bringing the funds to more than $100,000. In August, the Foundation hosted the National Community Foundations Regional Forum in Mooloolaba.
In January the Foundation received $6,250 worth of Back-to-School vouchers. In February the Foundation established an office within the Buderim Historical precinct. In May, Dame Quentin Bryce, AC, CVO spoke at the first fundraising breakfast. In July, an anonymous donation of $50,000 boosted the funds to nearly a quarter of a million dollars.
At the start of the school year the Foundation received $12,500 in Back-to-School vouchers from FRRR and $20,000 for Buderim youth projects on the condition that the Foundation matched the youth offer dollar for dollar. In May the Ambassador Program was established to build community awareness of the Foundation. Buderim resident, Allan Pease spoke at the fundraising Breakfast.
At the Foundation’s Good News Night in September, three community organisations received the first grants worth $13,752.
In January corporate sponsorships were renewed. Three organisations agreed to provide $8,000 each in cash or kind. February saw the Foundation receive 150 Back-to-School vouchers worth $7,500. In April the Foundation secured a grant of $30,000 from the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR). In June the Gifts in Memory Program was launched as part of Buderim’s Big Bash (part of Queensland’s Q150 celebrations) and eleven stories of former Buderim residents were published on the website. Seven grants worth $16,500 were awarded in September and results of the Youth in Philanthropy Project (YIPP) were presented at the Good News Night.
In February the Foundation again received $7,500 of Back-to-School Vouchers. Professor Paul Clark was appointed Chair, filling the position vacated by Buderim solicitor, Gary Hopkins. In April YIPP members produced their own musical event entitled Buderim Unplugged. In June the Foundation organised the first Mystery Mountain Dinners and at the Good News Night in September six organisations received a total of $17,500 in grants.
Throughout the year the Board focussed on finalising a new strategic plan and developing major fundraising activities to be run in conjunction with the Buderim B150 celebrations.
In January a record number of Ambassadors participated in the Australia Day march and $6,250 worth of Back-to-School vouchers were distributed. In February, with the help of a FRRR grant, the Foundation appointed its first part-time employee. In July, Australian of the Year, Simon McKeon spoke at a fundraising breakfast and in September eight community organisations received grants worth a record $22,010. Youth in Philanthropy Program (YIPP) grants totalling $12,000 were awarded for the first time.
This was the year of Buderim’s 150th anniversary celebrations – the B150 Community Challenge organised by the BWMCA. The Foundation set itself the challenge of doubling the money held in the corpus from $500,000, raised over the previous eight years, to $1million… in one year! At the end of the year the Foundation had funds worth $720,000 despite the poor world-wide financial situation.
In February, the Foundation received 150 Back-to-School vouchers worth $7,500 and at the end of the year distributed $23,290 in grants.
In 2012 the Foundation had announced donor contribution to the B150 Community Challenge would be well publicised. Plans for the erection of a plaque and public artwork at the platform overlooking Martin’s Creek in Lindsay Road were negotiated with Council and the Foundation called for artist submissions with the successful option announced later in the year. In January the Foundation distributed 200 Back-to-School vouchers worth $10,000. In September grants worth $40,967 was distributed to Buderim organisations and in November acclaimed transplant surgeon Kellee Slater spoke at the Foundation’s fourth celebrity breakfast.
This was the Foundation’s tenth anniversary year and the Chair Paul Clark announced that over the past 10 years the Foundation had awarded grants totalling $161,250 and distributed $80,000 worth of Back-to-School vouchers. The end result was an amazing $241,250 injected into the Buderim community. In January a record $22,500 was distributed in Back-to-School vouchers. During the year international keynote speaker Amanda Gore spoke at the Foundation Celebrity Breakfast; the Essence of Buderim cookbook was published and the Fine Wine Raffle was launched at the Moonlit Garden Gathering. In September grants worth $60,000 were distributed including the largest ever grant of $14,162 to Sustainable Partnerships for a Philanthropy in Schools program.
Early in 2015 the Foundation funds reached $1,000,000. In January Back-to-School vouchers worth $23,500 were distributed. In February the platform over Martins Creek in Lindsay Road, which displays the plaque listing major donors to the Foundation’s B150 Challenge in 2012, was officially named Stuart Weir Place.
Sunshine Toyota joined long standing sponsors Buderim Pharmacy and Edenlea on Buderim as the Foundation’s third sponsor. Grants worth $50,740 were distributed. The Foundation, in conjunction with the BWMCA, received a $7000 grant to produce a 16-page publication entitled the Spirit of Buderim. 17,000 were delivered to 4556 post code area letterboxes. The Ambassador Committee was established.
Early in the year the Foundation distributed Back-to-School vouchers worth $15,000. In February the new website was launched; by September more than $36,000 had been raised for the Youth sub-fund and grants worth $65,000 was awarded to 12 organisations. Paul Clark resigned as Chair after six years. Long term Director Heinz Seeberg was appointed as Chair.
Dr Russell Stitz was elected Chair of the Foundation. 250 Back-to-School vouchers worth $12,500 were distributed early in the year, bringing the total since 2005 to $125,000. In May, directors organised an afternoon get-together to thank volunteers for their time and talent. And in June the first Bequest Seminar was held for the Coast’s legal fraternity. In September over 200 people attended the Grant Celebration and watched as a total of $64,318 was awarded to 17 community organisations… the largest amount of money and the largest number of recipients in the Foundation’s history.The first Lunch en blanc was held in November.
Fifty-nine Ambassadors marched in the Australia Day Parade and the Foundation’s ‘resident’ band, M7 entertained the large crowd with an endless repertoire of great Australia rock music… the 2018 Community Challenge was launched! At the start of the year the Foundation’s Fund was worth $1.4 million and had risen to $1.48 by April. A total of 229 Back-to-School vouchers worth $11,450 were distributed. FRRR provided vouchers worth $8,950 and $1,500 was received from Buderim Lions and $1,000 from Buderim Rotary. This brings the total value of the vouchers distributed in the last 14 years to $143,950.
Buderim Foundation is proudly supported by the Sunshine Coast Council’s grants program