Governance and Finance

The association, ‘Initiatives of Change Australia’ is incorporated as a not-for-profit company in Australia. The association currently has around 100 members.

A Council of Management (CoM) is responsible for the financial and legal management of IofC Australia, presently consisting of 12 members: Andrew Lancaster (Chair), Mike Brown (Deputy Chair), Paul Wilkins (Treasurer), Jonathan Lancaster (Secretary), Daya Bhagwandas, Leanne Bunn, Francis Halim, Penny Herd, Ron Lawler and Paul Ntoumos.

There are seven “portfolios” that oversee various aspects of the organization, led by a combination of volunteers and paid employees, including part-time and sessional staff. You are welcome to contact any of the portfolio leads directly with your contributions and concerns. They are:

Properties & Assets: Andrew Lancaster and Phil Jefferys

Armagh: Liz Weeks and Pari Sanyü

Legal & Structures: Jo Lancaster and Andrew Padanyi

Finance: Ron Lawler and Paul Wilkins

Communications: Mike Brown and Delia Paul

Programmes & Training: Cheryl Wood and John Mills

People & Pathways: Barbara Lawler and Kirsty Argento

These operational portfolios facilitate the processes for national activities, some of which emanate from twice-yearly national IofC network meetings ('National Gatherings').

An Annual General Meeting (AGM) of members receives the audited accounts and annual report of activities. The AGM is usually held in conjunction with one of the National Gatherings. Members who are unable to attend the AGM in person are encouraged to vote by proxy. To request the annual audited accounts and annual reports for previous years, contact the Secretary, Initiatives of Change Australia, 226 Kooyong Rd, Toorak, Victoria 3142.

In the past, a corps of full-time volunteers managed many organizational activities, and was supported in various ways through stipends and in-kind contributions. Others made their own financial resources available to enable new ventures or participation. IofC Australia continues to support a strong culture of volunteerism, also recognizing that in the context of today’s workforce a core of paid workers and staff are needed to support its network of volunteers, and to seek new public and private sources of financing.

The organization welcomes all offers of contributions as well as access to contacts and networks that may wish to support IofC’s peace building work.

To contribute, contact the Executive Officer, Initiatives of Change Australia, 226 Kooyong Rd, Toorak, Victoria 3142.

A dedicated fund, The Dorcas Trust, has been established to provide ex gratia financial support to persons who are giving (or who have given one year or more) continuous full time voluntary service to religious work. Details and contributions can be sent to The Administrator, The Dorcas Trust: click here