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<ul><li><p>1</p><p>IndIgenous LIteracy FoundatIon2013 annual report</p><p>readIng opens doors</p><p> National Library of Australia</p></li><li><p>2</p><p>contents</p><p>About The Indigenous Literacy Foundation 3</p><p>What We Do 4</p><p>Message From The Chair 5 </p><p>Message From The Executive Director 6</p><p>Our Organisation 7</p><p>Our Performance During 2013 9</p><p>Program Outcomes 10</p><p>Testimonials 14</p><p>Financial Overview and Performance 15</p><p>Books are incredibly important for literacy development; they provide a fun, accessible and engaging tool that the children feel comfortable using of their own accord.ashton Kealy, east arnhem shire, galiwinku, nt</p><p>Indigenous Literacy Foundation PO Box 3227, Redfern, NSW 2016 phone 02 9319 2883 fax 02 9319 1884 email web can support the work of our Foundation by making a tax-deductible donation.</p><p>Shepherdson College</p></li><li><p>3</p><p>about the Indigenous Literacy Foundation</p><p>Can you imagine not being able to read a newspaper, a road sign or directions on a bottle of medication? Can you imagine a home without books, or a community without a library or bookshop? Sadly, this is a reality faced by many Indigenous adults and children living in remote communities today. The Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF) was set up to advocate for and address literacy in isolated and remote Indigenous communities.</p><p>Mission statement</p><p>The Indigenous Literacy Foundation aims to improve literacy and hence the lives and opportunities of Indigenous children living in remote and isolated regions.</p><p>Who we are</p><p>The Indigenous Literacy Foundation is a national charity of the Australian Book Industry that aims to raise awareness and funds for literacy in remote communities. The Foundation is independent, not-for-profit and is funded entirely by donations.</p><p>History of the project</p><p>The Indigenous Literacy Project began in 2004 when our Founder Suzy Wilson launched The Riverbend Readers Challenge. In 2006 the Australian Book Industry expanded this initiative with the Australian Readers Challenge, engaging the support of 14,000 school children, bookshops, publishers, individuals and organisations Australia-wide. In 2007 the Indigenous Literacy Project was launched in partnership with The Fred Hollows Foundation (FHF) with its major fundraising day the first Wednesday in September. During this period, the FHF managed the programming and receipt of all donations which totalled over $1.5 million. In 2011 the project, with the assistance of The FHF, became an independent Foundation. In the past three years, the Foundation has raised over $2 million and delivered nearly 65,000 books. To date, the Foundation has delivered over 100,000 books to more than 230 remote communities.</p><p>the Indigenous Literacy Foundation was honoured to receive theInternational education Initiative award, London Book Fair International publishing Industry excellence awards 2014</p></li><li><p>4</p><p>What We do</p><p>The Indigenous Literacy Foundation aims to improve literacy levels in remote Indigenous communities. </p><p>1. Book supply</p><p>We provide remote Indigenous communities and service organisations with access to culturally appropriate books and literacy resources. These new books are gifted to communities with no obligation. ILF provides books to more than 230 communities across Australia.</p><p>2. Book Buzz</p><p>Our early literacy project aims to provide babies and preschool children in remote communities with a pack of age appropriate board books. Book Buzz is supported in community by local programs that engage the children and their families with the joy of books and reading. This program aims to engage families and community members. In Warburton Book Buzz packs have been translated into Ngaanyatjarra, the first language. </p><p>3. community Literacy projects</p><p>ILF funds literacy projects that are initiated by the communities themselves. These projects involve books and reading and meet the strict criteria of improving literacy. </p><p>In addition, ILF is strongly committed to: </p><p> adVocacy in areas important to increased literacy, such as teacher training and curriculum development in schools.</p><p> eVaLuatIon. ILF believes it is critically important that much needed resources are used appropriately, and that the programs funded by the Foundation are proven to have a positive impact on the literacy levels. </p><p> Karen Williams</p></li><li><p>5</p><p>2013 was another busy and successful year for our organisation as we continued to grow the Foundation and meet our goal of providing Indigenous children living in remote communities with wonderful books that open the door to literacy through the joy and magic of stories and reading.</p><p>With our new Program Manager on board, we embarked on an ambitious schedule of field visits, including all our Book Buzz sites, our publishing program flourished, we launched a new mentoring program for talented young Indigenous writers thanks to the generosity of Pamela Lofts bequest and began to further develop our social media and web presence. At our strategy day at the end of the year, we renewed our commitment to our three primary areas of activity: book supply, publishing and Book Buzz and have budgeted to increase the funding of all these areas in the 2014 year.</p><p>I would therefore like to take this opportunity to publicly applaud and thank some very key people who have made, and continue to help us make, a real difference. First of all to our passionate, committed and talented Executive Director, Karen Williams, who works so enormously hard to fulfil our ambitious plans. Thanks also to our small but perfectly formed team, Tina Raye, Program Manager and Emily Wiech, Marketing Co-ordinator, who share Karens enthusiasm and dedication, and work tirelessly to achieve our goals. Thanks to our wonderful Founder, Suzy Wilson, who continues to inspire us on a daily basis, our truly wonderful ambassadors who have supported us for many years, our very dedicated directors and our wide range of volunteers who so freely give up their valuable time to lend a helping hand. </p><p>Then last, but by no means least, an enormous thanks to all our donors, both from within the book industry and the wider community. We rely solely on your generosity and on behalf of the team and Board of The Indigenous Literacy Foundation, we are hugely grateful for your support. Because of you, we are helping to address the appallingly low literacy levels in remote Indigenous communities and by working together, we will continue to do so. </p><p>Juliet RogersChair </p><p>a Message from the chair</p><p>Juliet Rogers with students at Fitzroy Crossing Workshops in Wydham/Kununurra</p><p> Karen Williams Karen Williams</p></li><li><p>6</p><p>It is a real tribute to our supporters that in our third year as a Foundation we have achieved some significant milestones, not only in our program and work with remote communities but also importantly, in our advocacy and fundraising which makes everything we do, possible. </p><p>2013 ended with the good news that our Founder, Suzy Wilson, had won the Local Hero Award, for the Queenslander of the Year in recognition for her amazing passion and hard work in starting and setting up the Foundation.</p><p>During the past three years, without government or any major philanthropic input, we have independently raised over $2 million dollars. With a small in-house team we have delivered over 65,000 new and culturally appropriate books; published and or funded, in partnerships, over 37 literacy projects or books; and launched three early literacy packs Book Buzz in a small number of remote communities. During this period we have also travelled with our fantastic ambassadors and stakeholders to communities as far afield as the Tiwi Islands in the Northern Territories, Cherbourg in Queensland and Warburton on the edge of the Great Sandy Desert in Western Australia. There we have conducted writing workshops in remote schools and delivered and launched books.</p><p>In 2013 we celebrated new and existing friendships with remote communities who travelled to Sydney to write, publish and launch their books. Engaging our city, daily lives and networks from the Sydney Opera House to Taronga Zoo, the National Library to NITV and even though our time with the kids from Tjuntjuntjara, Tiwi College and Yakanarra remote community was brief, it was was incredibly special. Each visit was a time of great learning and cultural exchange.</p><p>At the end of the year, our Board met to review our strategic direction focus. As a result, in 2014, were aiming to increase our commitment to provide greater access to early literacy resources along with literacy based publishing projects with remote communities. These include, wherever possible, books in first language and year-to-date, weve published books in nine languages.</p><p>Finally, thanks to the enormous generosity of Pamela Lofts, one of Australias best-loved childrens illustrators and artists, our Foundation has committed to a new writing mentorship program for talented young Indigenous children. We aim to deliver that program annually and to nurture a new generation of writers.</p><p>Karen WilliamsExecutive Directors</p><p>a Message from the executive director</p><p>L-R: Anita Heiss, Rhianna, Karen Williams, David Malouf at Sydney Opera House, Indigenous Literacy Day 2013</p><p>Karen Williams and Tina Raye on a program visit to Warburton</p><p> Prudence Upton Suzy Wilson</p></li><li><p>7</p><p>our organisationThe Indigenous Literacy Foundation is managed by a Board which includes representatives of the book industry and the Indigenous community. It has three full-time employees, Executive Director (Karen Williams), Coordinator (Emily Wiech) and Program Manager (Tina Raye). The Foundation also employs a Business/Admin Manager part-time. The team is supported by over 15 ambassadors and a range of hard working volunteers.</p><p>governance</p><p>The Indigenous Literacy Foundation is a not-for-profit public company limited by guarantee and is managed by a volunteer Board. </p><p>role of the Board</p><p>The Board meets seven times a year and directly oversees the strategic and fundraising activities of the Foundation. In addition to setting policy and strategic directions for the Foundations programming, it approves and monitors the Foundations financial budgets and supports and reviews the Executive Director in the management of the company and its programming.</p><p>The kids always love the process when we sit down and read the books at the end. They love hearing their stories read and shared with the group. Sometimes they seem embarrassed, but you can tell theyre secretly thrilled, very proud of their stories. Andy Griffiths, Ambassador</p><p>L-R: Anita Heiss, Josh Pyke, Lachlan Coman, Andy Griffiths, Debra Dank, with students from Tjuntjuntjara, Indigenous Literacy Day at Sydney Opera House, 2013</p><p> Prudence Upton</p><p>Volunteers</p><p>The Foundation works with the support of volunteers across the country and fundraising committees in NSW and VIC.</p><p>our ambassadors</p><p>Thrse Rein, who was our very committed patron for three years, resigned at the end of 2013. We have a dedicated team of volunteer ambassadors who travel out to remote communities, raise significant funds and advocate on our behalf. In 2013 these included Anita Heiss, Samuel Wagan Watson, Sally Morgan, May OBrien, Leonie Norrington, David Malouf, Geraldine Brooks, Kate Grenville, Andy Griffiths, Alison Lester, Tara June Winch together with musicians Felix Riebl, Josh Pyke, Adam James and Katie Noonan and sportsman Micky OLoughlin.</p><p> Prudence Upton</p></li><li><p>8</p><p>our Board</p><p>suzy Wilson, Founder</p><p>Martin nakata, director</p><p>david gaunt, director</p><p>Kristin gill, director</p><p>May oBrien, Hon. director</p><p>Suzy Wilson is the owner of Riverbend Books and Teahouse in Bulimba. Before embarking on her career in the Australian Book Industry she was a teacher, an education consultant with Education Queensland and a part time lecturer at QUT. In 2010 Suzy was awarded the Dromkeen Award for her efforts in being a catalyst in changing childrens lives through literature.</p><p>Professor Nakata is the Director of Nura Gili, the Indigenous Centre at the University of New South Wales (UNSW). Professor Nakata also holds the title of Chair of Australian Indigenous Education and is the first Torres Strait Islander to receive a PhD in Australia. His current research work focuses on higher education, curriculum areas, the academic preparation of Indigenous students, and Indigenous knowledge and library services. </p><p>For the past 35 years David Gaunt has been the co-owner of Gleebooks, the Sydney based independent bookseller. David has held various roles in industry associations, primarily the Australian Booksellers Association, of which he is a Life Member, and the Sydney Writers Festival on whose Board he sat for the first five years of its operation. In 2011 David was awarded the Member (AM) in the General Division of the Order of Australia for services to the book industry. David was Chair of the Indigenous Literacy Project 2007-2010.</p><p>Kristin Gill is the General Sales Manager for Childrens Books at Penguin Group (Australia) and has worked in the publishing industry - across Trade and Educational - for over twenty years. Prior to this she taught music and English to secondary school students. Kristin has been involved with the growth and development of the Indigenous Literacy Project since 2006.</p><p>May was the first Aboriginal teacher in Western Australia and, after 25 years of teaching, took a position in the Western Australian Ministry of Education. In this role she helped devise and implement a variety of Indigenous education initiatives such as assisting in the formation of the National Aboriginal Education Committee. May OBrien has been awarded The British Empire Medal, the John Curtin Medal and was announced as a Western Australian State Finalist for Senior Australian of the Year in 2011. </p><p>Juliet rogers, chairJuliet Rogers has worked in the publishing industry in both New Zealand and Australia. She is now CEO of The Wild Colonial Company. Juliet has always been closely involved with book industry issues. She chaired Booksellers New Zealand for a number of years and was President of the Australian Publishers Association 2006-2009. Juliet is passionate about the power of books and recognises the importance of literacy and access to books in creating equal opportunity for all children in Australia. </p><p>nick Bowditch, directorNick Bowditch was the Manager of Small Business Australia and New Zealand for Facebook and joined the ILF Board in 2013. Prior to that, he built up, ran and sold three successful online businesses. He is an author, blogger and sought-after keynote speaker. Recently, Nick discovered his Indigenous heritage and is passionate about providing children in remote communities with the same opportunities that kids in the city have.</p></li><li><p>9</p><p>our performance during 2013</p><p> The Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF) raised $870,000.</p><p> Delivered over 25,000 books to more than 250 remote communities and service organisations across Australia.</p><p> Funded the publication and translations, in parnerships, of eight community literacy pro...</p></li></ul>