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    IndIgenous LIteracy FoundatIon2013 annual report

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    National Library of Australia

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    About The Indigenous Literacy Foundation 3

    What We Do 4

    Message From The Chair 5

    Message From The Executive Director 6

    Our Organisation 7

    Our Performance During 2013 9

    Program Outcomes 10

    Testimonials 14

    Financial Overview and Performance 15

    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

    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.

    Shepherdson College

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    about the Indigenous Literacy Foundation

    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.

    Mission statement

    The Indigenous Literacy Foundation aims to improve literacy and hence the lives and opportunities of Indigenous children living in remote and isolated regions.

    Who we are

    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.

    History of the project

    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.

    the Indigenous Literacy Foundation was honoured to receive theInternational education Initiative award, London Book Fair International publishing Industry excellence awards 2014

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    What We do

    The Indigenous Literacy Foundation aims to improve literacy levels in remote Indigenous communities.

    1. Book supply

    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.

    2. Book Buzz

    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.

    3. community Literacy projects

    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.

    In addition, ILF is strongly committed to:

    adVocacy in areas important to increased literacy, such as teacher training and curriculum development in schools.

    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.

    Karen Williams

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    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    Juliet RogersChair

    a Message from the chair

    Juliet Rogers with students at Fitzroy Crossing Workshops in Wydham/Kununurra

    Karen Williams Karen Williams

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    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    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.

    Karen WilliamsExecutive Directors

    a Message from the executive director

    L-R: Anita Heiss, Rhianna, Karen Williams, David Malouf at Sydney Opera House, Indigenous Literacy Day 2013

    Karen Williams and Tina Raye on a program visit to Warburton

    Prudence Upton Suzy Wilson

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    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 Progra


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