December 2020

Dear Friends and Supporters,

What a year it has been! Like you, we are also looking forward to what the new year will offer.

However, looking back at the year just past, we are very proud of the thought leadership we have offered despite many challenges.  Our webinars on reconciliation, food insecurity, homelessness, and the arts were a fantastic success. We are also very proud of how critical the Adelaide Zero Project data and collaboration were to providing timely and effective support to those sleeping rough during the peak COVID-19 periods.

In the past month, the Adelaide Zero Project has also reached the remarkable milestone of having housed over 500 people since the Project's commencement in May 2018. As we are preparing to finish our 'backbone' support role at the end of this month, we extend our best wishes to our Project colleagues for continued excellence and innovation. 

2021 will see a number of new and exciting projects for the Foundation.  Hopefully, restrictions will also allow us to return to our annual flagship events, such as the Lowitja O'Donoghue Oration. I look forward to sharing the details of our 2021 plans with you in the new year.

We wish you a wonderful festive season and all the very best for an outstanding 2021!

Ritchie Hollands
Executive Director


Adelaide Zero Project milestone - 500 South Australians housed!

We are delighted to report that, through the collective efforts of Adelaide Zero Project partners, we have achieved the important milestone of having found housing for over five hundred South Australians who had been previously sleeping rough.

As of 30 November, the Adelaide Zero Project has housed 508 people across the Project's 2.5 year lifetime. It's important to remember that this was a cohort who very much struggled to be housed before the AZP commenced.

However, we can't be complacent, as the Project's data tells us that there are still 201 people actively homeless in the inner city of Adelaide, of whom 110 are sleeping rough. The Adelaide Zero Project will continue to work together to reduce this incidence in 2021. 

Supporting Students

Len King Scholarship - Applications closing 23rd January 2021

We are currently inviting applications for the Len King Scholarship from current or commencing law students who believe in creating social change within their community.  This generous scholarship provides up to $15,000 per annum, paid for up to four years. We expect that there will be two scholarships offered in 2021.

The Scholarship seeks to help students who experience financial or other disadvantage meet their living expenses while studying law at either the University of Adelaide or Flinders University.

Applications close on 23 January 2021.  Please share this link with anyone you know meeting these criteria or through your social media!



The Lowitja O'Donoghue Orations 2007-2019 - A last-minute Christmas gift?

In celebration of the Lowitja O’Donoghue Oration, we have created a wonderful book capturing the text of each of the 13 past Orations, and photos of each Orator with Lowitja.

The book is available as a digital e-book, and as a glossy colour soft cover.  Funds from the sales of the book will support the Foundation and our work to live out our commitment to reconciliation.

We'll be in the office next week, so you can still order and pick up a book from our Grenfell Street office in time for Christmas! If you wish to do so, it's best to call us on 08 8313 3364 to arrange a time for a visit.

Support Our Work

Support us through the People's Choice Community Lottery

The Foundation is this year participating in the 2020 People's Choice Community Lottery. Tickets are only $2, and there is an incredible number and range of prizes to be won.

Thanks to People's Choice and their partners, these tickets are an excellent way to support the Foundation, as we will receive 100% of ticket sales made through our dedicated page.  Tickets are available until 19 February 2021.

You can purchase a lottery ticket here.

From Our Friends and Partners

Webinars from the Stretton Institute, University of Adelaide

The Stretton Institute facilitates stronger links between government, industry and the University of Adelaide. Bringing together researchers and experts from across the University to address and shape discussions about key policy issues in a multi-disciplinary manner, the Stretton Institute shapes policy debate through current and rigorous research.

In 2020, the Stretton Institute presented a comprehensive series of webinars, with recordings available online to watch  HERE.

The series covers wide-ranging topics, including foreign interference in Australian elections, the regulation of GM food and crops, history and public policy, water sharing in the Murray Darling basin, and integrity in government. 

Crowdfunding - Close to the Bone / Beyond Sorry Reconciliation Film Project

We are looking forward to partnering with the Close to the Bone Project next year.  Based in the Flinders Ranges, this documentary film and storytelling project involves people from several First Nations groups in dialogue with descendants of early European settlers, exploring the legacies of violence on the pastoral frontier. The documentary will screen on ABC TV during next year's NAIDOC Week.

The DDF is providing financial support to this Project, and we are excited about the opportunities for collaboration and partnership that lie ahead next year.

The Project is currently seeking the philanthropic support needed to access government funds. Until Sunday, you can make a tax-deductible contribution to their crowdfunding initiative.  This is being hosted on the Documentary Australia Foundation website, which also has an inspiring video teaser. If you miss the Sunday deadline but are keen to contribute, please don't hesitate to make a direct approach to the Project team.

Interns and Volunteers

Our volunteers and interns provide invaluable support to the Foundation, and we would like to share their skills and experience with you. If you have any roles that you think would fit their skills and experience, please don't hesitate to jump onto their LinkedIn profiles to connect. 
Lili Rose 
DDF Intern – Communications

I’m experienced in content writing, editing, and I’m interested in event services and communications positions. 


Rowena Garcia
DDF Volunteer – Graphic Designer

I have experience in graphic design and love creating tailored visual solutions that can communicate your message in a visually dynamic way.  

Linked In:

Frank Algra-Maschio
DDF Volunteer: Researcher and Writer. Primary duties include assisting the Adelaide Zero Project team and writing grant applications.

Currently seeking opportunities in policy and research roles in areas that include foreign policy, international development, public policy and social justice.


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