Macquarie Group Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Macquarie Group, is inviting applications from charity CEOs for the 2016 David Clarke Social Innovation Fellowship.
The selected Fellow will receive a grant of up to £10,000, payable to their non-profit organisation, to cover airfares, accommodation and other costs associated with a research trip or trip that will enable them to visit and research best practice in social innovation around the world.
The Fellowship is presented biennially to CEOs of voluntary organisations in the United Kingdom, Australia, Hong Kong and the US “who have a compelling rationale to research social innovation abroad, and to promote and reward ideas that address social needs”.
The previous Fellowship winner is Anita Grover, Chief Executive of Auditory Verbal UK. She used her Fellowship grant to travel to Australia and New Zealand to meet organisations that are leading in delivering innovative listening and spoken language programmes. She is using this to develop and expand the work and impact of Auditory Verbal UK.
“One of the long-term benefits of the Fellowship is the scope for collaboration in the field of research and development. It has given me not just the insight and experience, but the confidence and connections to take forward the strategic development of our small charity and transform the provision of services for deaf children in the UK”.
It has also helped raise her profile and that of the charity, with benefits including being selected as The October Club’s beneficiary in 2015.
The David Clarke Social Innovation Fellowship was established in 2012 in memory of Macquarie Group Foundation’s founding Chairman, David Clarke.
Rachel Engel from the Macquarie Group Foundation in London commented:
“The David Clarke Social Innovation Fellowship is another example of how Macquarie invests in leadership and the sustainable development of the community sector, through supporting organisations who would normally struggle to find the funds to travel to research and collaborate”.
Applications for the David Clarke Social Innovation Fellowship close on 9 September 2016. The recipient will be announced in November 2016.