GiveOUT | ANNOUNCING | New CEO, GiveOUT Day 2023 and more | 3 May 2023

[Edited extract from public address]

How time flies, can you believe it’s already May!? Since our last update, the GiveOUT team has been busy working on several exciting projects.

Read on to meet our new CEO, and for updates on GiveOUT Day 2023 and current granting opportunities for LGBTIQ+ organisations in Australia.

CEO Update – welcome to Emily Scott!

We are incredibly excited to announce that we have found our new CEO - Emily Scott (she/her).

Emily is the former CEO and current Board Director of Out for Australia (an LGBTIQ+ not-for-profit), with 5+ years experience as a health and human services management consultant at Nous Group. She is an admitted lawyer, and recently graduated as Dux of her MBA from AGSM @ UNSW Business School, where she continues as a casual academic in accounting and corporate finance. She is a water sport enthusiastic, and proud to play with the queer inclusive Sydney Stingers Waterpolo team. She is an AFR 100 Women of Influence Awardee for LGBTIQ+ inclusion, mental health awareness and sport participation. Some of her work as a consultant includes developing Strategic Plans for The Australian Federation of Aids Organisation (AFAO), LGBTIQ+ Legal Service Victoria and a drug and alcohol treatment facility for women. 
“I have been cheering on GiveOUT’s journey since 2016 and am thrilled to lead the organisation in this next important and ambitious stage. I have big Tracey Martinovich shoes to fill, and am so grateful for the incredible work she has done over the past two years to expand and professionalise GiveOUT’s operations. I am inspired by GiveOUT’s power to effect systems level change and to move the dial on persistent challenges facing our community. I look forward to working on behalf of the community to grow the pot of gold under the rainbow.”

Farewell message from Tracey

It has been my absolute pleasure to lead and grow GiveOUT over the past two years and I could not have wished for a more supportive Board, staff or volunteer team.

I feel so privileged to have had the opportunity to work with over 100 LGBTIQ+ community organisations to shift the needle on the systemic challenges our rainbow communities face and build the change our communities need to thrive. Whilst I’m sad to be leaving, I have complete confidence in Emily and can’t wait to see where she takes GiveOUT next.

Message from the GiveOUT Board

Tracey Martinovich has made a huge contribution to GiveOUT in her tenure as CEO. Some of her many achievements include doubling the scale of GiveOUT Day, overseeing the publication of the inaugural Rainbow Resources Report, and launching the Amplify Pride Fund. The organisation has grown its reach and effectiveness under her leadership and we look forward to continuing to benefit from her energy and insights around LGBTIQ+ giving into the future. On behalf of GiveOUT's Board and partners, I'd like to thank Tracey for her hard work and dedication to our cause. 
We are very excited to welcome Emily Scott as GiveOUT's incoming CEO. The GiveOUT Board has full confidence that there is no better person to take on the role and build on Tracey's strong legacy. Emily brings a wealth of experience from the corporate and civil society sectors and a history of deep engagement with LGBTIQ+ communities. Her strategic thinking, collaborative leadership style and above all, courageous commitment to growing funding for LGBTIQ+ communities, will take the organisation to new heights.

Queer Family – A case study from GiveOUT Day 2022

Queer Family is a community-based, peer-led organisation in Mullumbimby. They reduce social isolation and improve mental wellbeing through the creation of safe spaces for LGBTQIA+ people and allies to connect, build, and strengthen community. 

GiveOUT Day has helped raise the profile of queer organisations and projects like Queer Family, and strengthened their fundraising capacity. “We really enjoyed… the additional behind-the-scenes support we received after the floods… and the feeling of being part of a community of Queer workers across the country that GiveOUT Day provides”.

In the aftermath of the devastating 2022 floods which destroyed Queer Family’s clubhouse, funds raised during GiveOUT Day have supported the organisation to build a temporary cabin. Queer family is now turning their focus to finding a new permanent home, and to providing queer-specific opportunities for young people in their local area for support and socialising, with the ‘Young Queerios’ program. 

You can find out more about Queer Family and their important work at the links below:

Save the date - GiveOUT Day 2023 | Thursday 19 October 2023

It’s official - GiveOUT Day 2023 will be back and bigger than ever.
Are you an organisation who would like to participate in GiveOUT Day this year? Keep an eye on your inbox – we’ll have more information about registration in the next few months.

Small Grant Round Grant Opportunity | applications close 5pm AEST Monday 17 July 2023

Pride Foundation Australia (PFA) Small Grant Round program supports projects proposed by individuals and/or organisations and or communities who would otherwise be limited by the constraints of other funding programs.

This is the second granting round for 2023. 


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