Founded in 1994 by a group of artists and friends who wanted to make a positive difference in the lives of children living in inner-Melbourne public housing, Artists for Kids’ Culture (AKC) distributes funds to children experiencing hardship Australia-wide. AKC funds enable children to participate in life-enriching artistic and cultural pursuits such as art, dance, music, theatre and sporting activities, from which they may otherwise be excluded.
AKC is a registered charity with the Australian Charities and Not for Profits Commission and is a listed Public Benevolent Institution with Deductible Gift Recipient status.
Mission, Vision, Values
The AKC Mission is to provide benevolent relief to children experiencing hardship. AKC gives monetary grants, allowing children to participate in cultural, artistic, musical, sporting and educational activities; enhancing a child’s wellbeing through inclusion.
The AKC Vision is the belief that opportunities are important for every child and demonstrates benefits in both learning and social skills. AKC believes that every childhood should be supported, and include diverse and rewarding experiences. AKC maintains close networks with social and community workers, schools and child advocacy groups to understand and meet real needs creatively.
AKC values hope.
AKC respects children, their supporters and families.
AKC supports children to participate in their chosen activities.
AKC is passionate about enhancing the wellbeing of children through inclusion.
AKC believes participation in positive activities is paramount to wellbeing.
AKC encourages children and organisations to pursue new activities.
AKC is generous and wants to lift the spirits of children experiencing hardship.
Daniel Crennan – Chairperson (17/5/2016 – current
Kylie Greer – Director – 23/11/2015 – Current
Fiona Larwill – Director (30/7/2014 – Current)
Lena Glass – Treasurer/Secretary (13/4/2016 – current)
Anne Algar – Mick Bell – Lena Glass – Charlotte Hewitson – Ruth Krawat –
Lewis Miller – Che McMahon – Shivani Pillai – David H. Thomas – Tom Ward – Ros Winkler
Governance & Policies
As we all have discovered and particularly Lena Glass (AKC’s Secretary) and myself being compliant in 2018 with state and federal level governance rules requires much investigation, follow up, reporting and internal or self-regulation.
We report to the ACNC once a year and this report is then is made publicly available on the ACNC website.
We also have an AKC Code of Conduct and a Volunteer Agreement.
All AKC Board & Committee members continue to be required to have Working With Children certification.
We ask for WWC of activity providers are submitted to AKC with when applying to AKC.
Art & Artist Relationship
We continue to have great relationships with our AKC artists. We support artists throughout the year by promoting their shows and achievements on our Facebook& Instagram pages. We encourage artists to give us the best works they can part with at the time of donation. We see this as not only being good for the cause, but also good for the artist and their public profile. Artist public profile is really important to AKC. The day after the AKC 2017 art auction, AKC Artist John Baird’sgallery sold two further works. John Baird is a constant at the auction and has spoken to AKC about his delight in giving a work he really likes and thinks the public will like: he believes it builds his profile.
Grant Giving Growth
Our grant giving over the last financial year grew by 55% form $67,000 to $104,000. We are seen as reliable, efficient and friendly. The committee meets monthly. We consider ALL applications at the meetings and make decisions whether to grant or not, based on our guidelines.
The welfare organisations often express to us what a unique organisation we are, saying, “there is no funding for the activities you fund and support.”
AKC has always had great support. Hard working, dedicated and colourful people founded this organisation and still today we have a committee and board that is populated with artists, social workers, gallerists, business people and law people.
The AKC Arts Bus: AKC has received a grant of $5000 from the Palais Theatre Community Grants Program. The funds will allow AKC to trial the ARTS BUS project. The trial will take place in December 2018 in the City of Port Phillip area (as specified by the Palais Theatre). The trial will allow AKC to evaluate and plan for the future of this exciting project.
Funding: Seek opportunities for further funding from individuals and organisations.
AKC is keen to engage interns, possibly in the areas of accounting, legal, art management & social work.
AKC Inaugural Dinner:at BRIGHTSPACE: DATE: 23 March, 2019.
Grants GIVEN FY18
Grants by Need
Grants by Type
P & L 2018 & 2017
Financial Position 2018 & 2017
A Review of our Report is currently being conducted by
Nathan Eid, CA
SMSF A/N: 100265325
This Review will be available at the end of November 2019.
AKC Certificate of Currency available upon request.
END DOCUMENT: Artists for Kids Culture – 2018FY Annual Report