Citizen Leadership and Community Resilience

The Foundation’s commitment to supporting local communities impacted by the devastating fires of 2019/2020 and subsequently, our interest in supporting COVID impacted communities underpins our work in citizen leadership and community resilience.

The Menzies Foundation Bushfire Appeal raised over $25,000, and with this contribution being matched by a grant from the Foundation, we are delighted to be partnering with Dr Ariella Helfgott, CEO, Collaborative Futures and network member of Collaboration for Impact to review and synthesize existing research on citizen leadership, work with bush fire and coronavirus affected communities to understand the impact of citizen leadership on community resilience and then develop a set of guidelines and implementation plans for supporting these communities to better respond to crisis and disaster.

The members of these communities are to collect, record and reflect on their own stories. The power of these stories and wisdom they contain will deepen our collective understanding of what leadership means contextually and will guide the development of approaches to support and empower these citizens leaders and their communities. The initiative will develop a repository of resources which will be made available to other communities across Australia.

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We thank you for your valuable investment and contribution to Citizen Leadership and Community Resilience.

The Menzies Foundation was established in 1979 with funding from a public appeal, supplemented by government investment, to commemorate the life and achievements of Sir Robert Menzies, Australia’s longest serving Prime Minister. We are a non-political, not-for-profit organisation that relies on donations and bequests to supplement our investment income.

The Sir Robert Menzies Memorial Foundation Limited is a philanthropic trust listed under Subdivision 30-B of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997.