Our Funding Model

Ensuring long-term success

Over the past ten years, g-oz has primarily sought financial support through grants. In recent years we have sought to develop revenue streams that will provide reliable and sustainable sources of income that will ensure our long-term success.

Building a reliable and sustainable donor base

Since launching we have grown our donor base from 25 Founding Donors to over 500 individual donors in 2017, ranging in age from 11 to 89. In ten years we’ve managed to establish wonderful ongoing relationships with donors whose commitment and financial support have enabled the organisation to grow.

In order to become less reliant on grant income, we set out to substantially grow our donor base. We achieved this by creating our annual Giving Circles campaign, which we have successfully coordinated for the past three years. Based on the collective giving concept, giving circles are a group of like-minded people who pool their donations together so that their money effectively has more impact.

This campaign was launched in 2015 and supported by a Plus1 grant in its inaugural year. We have since run the campaign in 2016 and 2017 growing both the number of donors and the amount raised each year. Through these campaigns we:

  • Aimed to raise $25,000 in three months in 2015. We raised in excess of $36,000 and received $35,000 in matched funding from Plus1 and Creative Partnerships Australia.
  • Worked to raise #30grandin3months in 2016. We were pleased to raise a total of $60,000 through $47,000 in donations and $13,000 of corporate funding.
  • Aimed to raise $40,000 in 2017. We were thrilled to receive over $51,000 in donations and $20,000 in matched funding from the Sahathevan family and directors of the Australian School of Performing Arts.

We have also harnessed the giving potential of our sister organisation, the Australian Girls Choir (AGC). With over 5,000 AGC choristers across Australia, we now actively seek donations from these families. This yielded nearly $25,000 in 2017 and is growing each financial year.

Supported by a strong partnership

The Australian School of Performing Arts (ASPA) is our Principal Partner and they support us in a number of tangible ways. ASPA directors have provided substantial in-kind support since our inception and are committed to continuing to do so. This includes:

  • Infrastructure – office space, insurance (kinds of insurance)
  • Administration
  • Accounting and management support
  • Intellectual property – g-oz Instructors are able to select and modify g-oz program content from ASPA’s music and dance routine library, which has been developed over more than 30 years
  • Copyright
  • Development and training of g-oz Instructors
  • Allowing ASPA staff members to take leave without pay to deliver g-oz programs
  • Kathleen NoonanJournalist
    “In a world where we tend to park the ambulances at the bottom of the cliff and pour money into pick-up-the-pieces services, donating to Girls from Oz is like putting safety rails at the top of the cliff. It’s intelligent philanthropy.”
  • Dame Quentin Bryce AD CVOg-oz Patron
    “Girls from Oz is utterly inspiring – it builds talent, confidence and self discipline in the girls who thrive through involvement in the program.”
  • Ren AbreuProgram Assistant - Shooting Stars
    “I like g-oz because it helped me build my confidence and helped me express myself as a young woman and now I use those skills that I developed with g-oz in my job for Shooting Stars”
  • Darryl DedmanFormer Principal - Halls Creek District High School
    “The self-assurance and poise that result from the g-oz experience are revealed in students’ increasing willingness to speak and perform at our assemblies and, I believe, deliver enhanced prospects for employment, education and community involvement in the future.”
  • Darren FoynesParent of Halls Creek student
    “I am 100% behind g-oz. It gives them opportunity to develop not just in sport, not just in art, but it helps them develop holistically as young women and gives them another avenue to develop their own life.”
  • Duncan Ord OAMDirector General - Department of Culture and the Arts
    "The girls sang with great accomplishment and obvious joy that would have made their families so proud of them. Having met them after the show I was very impressed with their professional approach, warmth and comradeship. These are girls with bright futures and my congratulations go to all involved in the program.”
On this day we would like to acknowledge the Traditional Owners of the lands on which we are privileged to sing and dance. We acknowledge the Wuthathi, KuukuYa'u, Uuthalganu, Umpila and Kaanju people who are the Traditional Custodians of what is now known as Lockhart River in Far North Queensland. We acknowledge the Jaru and Kija people on whose land the town of Halls Creek sits, in the East Kimberley. Finally, we acknowledge the Ingaarda people, the Traditional Owners of Carnarvon where the Gascoyne River meets the sea on Australia's West coast. We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging. #AlwaysWasAlwaysWillBe
Each time g-oz visits Lockhart we sing and dance with the children and parents at Kuunchi Kakana which is an Early Years and Parenting Program run by the Puuya Foundation. It’s hard to tell who enjoys it more – the children, the parents or the g-oz Instructors! #gozinLockhart #gozfunin2021 #puuyafoundation #kuunchikakana #partners
In 2016 we launched our third g-oz Community Program and began to regularly visit the students at Lockhart State School and families at the Puuya Foundation's Kuunchi Kakana Centre. We expected to celebrate our 20th week-long program in Lockhart River in October 2020 but with two trips cancelled due to COVID-19 that celebration will now take place in May 2021.  Our Instructors look forward to getting back to this beautiful part of our country very soon! #gozinLockhartRiver #goz2021 #gozgirls #respectsisters #capeyork #farnorthqueensland #thetip
Who better to share the g-oz story than three successful women who see that performing arts played a part in their development?Our charity partnership with the Australian Girls Choir has great depth and we’re very fortunate to have long standing supporters who understand the benefits of performing arts education.  Our Program Director, Kylie (pictured centre at last year’s AGC 35th anniversary celebration) was Choir Leader in 1994.  Michelle Chow (left) and Kellie Mentlikowski (right) were her peers and friends in the choir.  While Kellie has a career in performing arts education, Michelle has had a career in the sciences and all three women are founding supporters of g-oz.  Their commitment to regular donations and to awareness and fundraising is very much appreciated. #respectsisters #girlsfromoz #ausgirlschoir #womenempoweringwomen #gozgirls #goz2021