One of the highlights from 2018 was establishing the inGrained Foundation, our national not-for-profit, in March. The journey of setting it up has been an incredible learning curve with the past nine months focusing on ensuring our governance is set up, systems are established and our committees in place.
Haven’t heard of the inGrained Foundation? Here’s some background…
In 2013, we established a community program which over the past five years has donated over $750,000 to environmental and social causes.
We’ve done this through donating $1/100L, along with the team fundraising through Karma Kegs, our tasting room and at events throughout the year. Establishing this Foundation has been the next step for us in being able to capacity build and do good in our communities.
As the Foundation begins preparing for even bigger milestones this year (including a Northern Rivers grants round that we’re launching mid-March), we wanted to reflect upon 2018’s achievements and thank everyone who has been along for the ride so far.
Establishing the foundation – The first fundraising event
January: The inGrained Foundation Board kicked off the year by registering the foundation as a deductable gift recipient.
March: The team launched the foundation’s website with the logo, vision and mission finalised, and also set up important administrative systems and social media.
April: The inGrained Foundation supported our annual Murwillumbah Open Day, which raised over $30,000 for Wedgetail Retreat Community Hospice and Tweed Palliative Support.
May: NSW fundraising authority was established, enabling the foundation to receive donations in its home state. The foundation’s GiveNow online donation platform also launched.
Giving to new causes
June: The inGrained Foundation supported our Festival of the Stone in Byron Bay, a fantastic event that raised $17,000 for Big Scrub Landcare – an organisation that rejuvenates and protects the local Big Scrub rainforest.
July: The inGrained Foundation became a registered charity in Queensland, enabling us to hold events, raise funds and support organisations with a broader audience.
Additionally, across both months, we donated over $2,000 each to Little Lives Australia and Save Lives Donate Organs. These funds were generated from a donation box in our Tasting Room in Byron Bay, while its recipients were nominated by the Stone & Wood team.
Growing our reach and looking ahead
November: The inGrained Foundation held its first Queensland event at Backyard Invitational Festival in Brisbane. Here, our generous friends at 28 Degrees Byron Bay, Brookies Gin, McTavish and Yeti donated prizes for a silent auction, whose bids generated $4,800 for 4ZZZ – a community broadcaster that champions alternative, local, LBGTQIA+ and Indigenous news, music and culture. 4ZZZ is located just around the corner from our new Brisbane brewery (opening soon).
December: Finally, our friends at A Day in the Bay held their inaugural event in Byron, with awesome live music, market stalls and all proceeds from ticket sales donated to the inGrained Foundation. We look forward to seeing this event grow in the coming years.
Looking ahead to 2019, we’re excited about the launch of our first public grants round in mid-March. We’ll be asking Northern Rivers not for profits to submit applications, before end of April, for projects they need funding for, with successful recipients to receive funding of between $15k-30k for their projects in May.
All of this adds to the ongoing collaboration between the inGrained Foundation and Stone & Wood, including key annual events and several other fundraisers whose proceeds will continue to support social and environmental organisations in our region.
If you'd like to find out more about the inGrained Foundation and how you can support through a donation, head to www.ingrainedfoundation.com.au and sign up to their newsletter.