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.

We are delighted to share these findings in the recently released report; Citizen Leadership and Community Resilience: An exploration of Australian disaster affected communities.

Building from this Report, The Menzies Foundation is delighted to announce a new partnership with Collaboration for Impact and Centre for Just Places, Jesuit Social Services. With a continuing focus on citizen leadership and community resilience, this initiative will explore and identify opportunities and conditions that affect local agency and power, with a specific focus on addressing inequities in the context of a changing climate. Learn more.

LISTEN: Recently, Liz Gillies, CEO of Menzies Foundation, sat down with Dr Ariella Helfgott, and discussed this important work and the contribution that the insights will have for both Australian communities coping with the crisis and the national leadership discourse. We invite you to listen here.

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