ABOUT US

Rationale

As a nation we have failed to deliver on Closing the Gap for Indigenous Australians because we failed to deliver quality affordable housing, infrastructure and educational outcomes. By working closely with our Corporate and Indigenous partners we promise to deliver innovative, long term strategies designed to generate social impact measurement tools to ensure the responsive monitoring of our programs.

We intend to partner with governments in order to provide investment and social equity programs needed to transition Aboriginal Australians from welfare dependency towards economic independence. We aim to inspire Indigenous communities to make decisions about their future and to henceforth focus on eliminating Indigenous disadvantage.

We have secured valuable support from internationally recognised Corporate partners with the capacity to deliver models for social inclusion and economic expansion to Indigenous communities.

Aims

We aim to provide capacity building opportunities for Indigenous Australians by creating educational programs in business and governance, housing construction, financial literacy and entrepreneurship. These programs will be designed to strengthen economic participation, Indigenous business leadership and wellbeing. During the next five years we promise to address the gaps in Indigenous governance, diversity, conflict resolution and decision making training. The socio economic framework of our Impact Investment model will be implemented to address local Indigenous economies and it will focus on raising capital for business enterprises. One long term benefit of these social investments will be realised in preparing future generations of Indigenous business leaders.

Our primary focus will be on designing tools to measure the social impact of our funding programs incorporating culturally appropriate Governance Training programs to assist in implementing our innovative programs. Improvement in Indigenous wellbeing depends upon an integrated approach encompassing the strengthening of community functions designed to reinforce positive behaviour, improve education outcomes, economic infrastructure alongside quality housing outcomes. We acknowledge affordable housing is a basic human need and we acknowledge there are complex relationships between housing, health and socioeconomic outcomes such as education, income and employment. Obviously, housing overcrowding and homelessness have adversely impacted upon school attendance and health outcomes of Indigenous Australians and housing overcrowding has been found to impose negative impacts on educational outcomes alongside the physical, social and emotional health of Aboriginal communities.

"The Foundation works to build the capacity of Indigenous Australians to participate in local business and enterprise development, and to improve the prosperity of their communities."

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Big River Impact Foundation acknowledges the Traditional Owners of the lands we visit through the course of our work and recognise the continuing connection to lands, waters and communities. We pay our respect to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures; and to Elders both past, present and future.