The Ottomin Foundation’s charitable activities are overseen by its Charity Committee, which meets regularly to discuss and review the Foundation’s giving program and all forms of involvement.
The Foundation focusses on seven key principles:
Partnership: We seek active engagement with those whom we support. We take the time to understand the services the charities provide, how they do it and the challenges they face. Such partnerships often commence on a three-year arrangement with the possibility for extension. We tend to avoid one-off donations.
Impact: We seek to make a tangible and measurable impact on the charities we support by participating in focused programs that immediately benefit the charity. Each program or project is usually quantifiable resulting in observable outcomes.
Leverage: Where possible, we seek leverage of our donation to increase its impact for the benefit of the charity. This may take the form of a third party matching our donation.
Collaboration: We believe in bringing together like-minded community and business groups. This has the benefit of broadening the charity’s profile and possibly connecting charities to share unique experiences.
Sustainability: We want to work with those we support to help them grow their market profile, improve their ability to raise funds and expand the services they provide for the people they help, beyond our period of support.
Accountability: We look for relationships with charities that demonstrate strong professional, operational and governance practices. Key performance indicators and ongoing feedback are important for our support.
Involvement: We look for partnerships with organisations that have strong volunteer programs so that our staff and Foundation Charity Committee members can participate.
Since its inception, the Ottomin Foundation has developed a track record of backing pilot projects in their developmental and early stages. When successful or proven, this has allowed the project to become sustainable by attracting either recurring government financial support or private donor support. An example of this was the Foundation’s support of The Children’s Hospital at Westmead – Chronic Illness Peer Support Program (CHiP) for adolescents living with a chronic illness. After supporting this program for nine years and accompanying research into the benefits of peer support, this program has since attracted recurring government funding.