Recognising and rewarding social innovation

Third Sector Promotion Macquarrie Group

Are you a CEO of a not-for-profit in the UK? You're invited to apply for Macquarie Group's £10,000 David Clarke Social Innovation Fellowship, to visit and research best practice social innovation internationally.

Anita Grover
Anita Grover

Leaders in the not-for-profit sector are invited to apply for a £10,000 grant to visit and research best practice social innovation internationally.

The Macquarie Group Foundation’s David Clarke Social Innovation Fellowships are presented biennially to CEOs of not-for-profit organisations in the United Kingdom, Australia, Hong Kong and selected US cities, who have a compelling rationale to research social innovation abroad.

"The David Clarke Social Innovation Fellowship is an example of how Macquarie invests in leadership and the sustainable development of the community sector, through supporting organisations who would normally struggle to find the funds to travel to research and collaborate," says Rachel Engel from Macquarie Group Foundation in London.

The 2016 Fellowship recipient in the United Kingdom will receive a grant of up to £10,000 (payable to their non-profit organisation) to cover airfares, accommodation and other costs associated with a research trip/s (proposed by each applicant).

Previous Fellowship winner, Anita Grover, Chief Executive of Auditory Verbal UK, used her Fellowship grant to travel to Australia and New Zealand in 2015 to meet world leading organisations at the forefront of delivering innovative listening and spoken language programmes, which Anita is leveraging to scale up Auditory Verbal UK.

Auditory Verbal UK is a national charity which teaches deaf babies and children to listen and speak, as part of helping them achieve their full potential.

"One of the long-term benefits of the Fellowship is the scope for collaboration in the field of research and development. It has given me not just the insight and experience, but the confidence and connections to take forward the strategic development of our small charity and transform the provision of services for deaf children in the UK," says Anita.

The David Clarke Social Innovation Fellowships build on Macquarie Group Foundation’s long-standing commitment to social innovation.

As the philanthropic arm of Macquarie Group, the Foundation helps to strengthen the communities Macquarie staff live and work in by facilitating thousands of hours of staff volunteering and pro bono programs each year with community organisations around the world.

Macquarie employees and the Foundation have also given generously, resulting in £140 million donated to over 2,500 organisations globally since 1985.

The Foundation’s pioneering approach to philanthropy has funded a range of novel approaches to community issues, including cutting-edge research, establishing awards and fellowships to encourage innovative thinking, seed funding organisations with new ideas, as well as collaborations between non-profits with shared objectives.

Applications for the 2016 David Clarke Social Innovation Fellowships open on 13 July and close on 9 September 2016. For more information and to apply online click here. Winners will be announced in November 2016.

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