Major Gift and Philanthropy

Are you a philanthropist looking to create social impact and invest in the future of Australia’s Original Nations people?

A major gift is a substantial financial commitment made by an individual, trust or foundation. Many Original Nations people continue to feel the effects of generational trauma on a daily basis, critical rates of youth suicide (the highest in the world), low life expectancy, unemployment, cycles of incarceration, isolation and substance abuse. Your gift could be a catalyst for change – change that will improve the lives of Original Nations people’s lives today and benefit the lives of generations to come.

Agents of Change

Original Nations arts engagement supports empowerment, community connectedness and wellbeing among Original Nations Australians. (Living Culture, Australia Council)

Desert Pea Media is a catalyst for empowerment and positive change. Our strengths-based approach emphasises people’s ability to be agents of change in their own lives and creates conditions that enable people to identify, value and mobilise their strengths and capacities in the process of change. DPM programs are a holistic intervention creating social change and supporting Original Nations people to live a life of their own design. We create the conditions for participants to determine and create their own future.

Ongoing disengagement has been linked to future unemployment, lower income and insecurity, placing these young people at risk of social and economic disadvantage and exclusion. (Australia’s Welfare 2017, Pathways Through Education and Training)

A significant proportion of young Indigenous people are not in employment, education or training (NEET). In 2016, 42.0 per cent of Indigenous 15−24 year-olds were NEET, with only one-third of these actively looking for work at the time. These rates have deteriorated somewhat over the past decade: 41.1 per cent of Indigenous 15−24 year olds were NEET in 2006. Most of this change is a result of an increase in Indigenous 15−19 year-olds who were NEET. (ABS Census of Population and Housing 2006 and 2016)

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) research indicates that the most important driver of NEET status in Australia is low educational attainment. Indeed, young Australians with Year 10 or below education are over three times more likely to be NEET as those with tertiary education. (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development 2016)

For nearly two decades, the team at Desert Pea Media have been learning, building relationships and perfecting a process of working with young people and communities in regional and remote areas in Australia. Our research, and experience on country, indicates that longer term engagement with DPM programs will have significant impact building self-esteem, confidence and skills and reduce the risk of social and economic disadvantage and exclusion. In our recent evaluation, seventy percent of participants, teachers and Indigenous elders believed the success of the DPM project would impact participants for a long time, even for life, and considered this would improve their self-esteem. We can support participants to determine and positively create their own future.

Become a major donor 

Our dedicated team will work with you to ensure that your gift is achieving impact in the area that you are passionate about.
Talk to us to learn more about the difference you can make.
We will consult with you on how your gift can help our research, development and social impact.

Call Rachel today on 02 8006 4855 to discuss your donation.