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Forward Thinking Magazine : December 2010
47 One of Macquarie Group’s goals and values is a commitment to the highest of standards. We challenge our staff to provide superior value to clients and all others with whom they deal. Excellence, innovation and creativity are the foundations upon which Macquarie staff work. Written by Anna Le Masurier, Macquarie Group Foundation At the Macquarie Group Foundation we believe the not- for-profit sector should also be recognised for its high standards of delivery. Although community organisations are not generally evaluated against traditional business benchmarks, many practices that foster good commerce are just as relevant to initiatives addressing social issues. As such, in September this year the Foundation announced the establishment of the Macquarie Group Foundation Social Innovation Award. This award – a $100,000 grant – will be provided to an Australian not-for-profit organisation or program that addresses an unmet community need. It will recognise, promote and reward ideas that work to meet pressing social needs, alleviate disadvantage and encourage social inclusion. Head of the Macquarie Group Foundation, Julie White, said the award will not only reward programs that address pressing social needs but may also encourage others to think laterally about community issues. “Social innovation is defined as a new or improved idea designed to address long-term community problems. Macquarie seeks to foster an environment where different approaches to these problems are trialled, with the aim of seeing positive outcomes in the community. “We hope this award will cement the winning organisation’s ability to develop their program further and motivate other not-for-profit organisations to consider how they can innovatively deliver services to those in need. With such funding, the award recipient will also benefit from a skills transfer and strategic expertise offered by the Foundation.” Awarded bi-annually, the grant will fund further investment in, or development of, the program which wins the award. The Foundation has received a substantial response from a range of community organisations demonstrating strong track records developing various innovations impacting on people or their social environment. The award winner will be announced later this month. Following the announcement, details of the winning organisation or program will be available at macquarie.com/foundation Since records began, just 64 Australians have managed to swim the English Channel, and on 18 September Cameron Spittle, Head of Sales for Macquarie Cash and Wrap, become number 65. Swimming the English Channel is no easy task. As part of his preparations, Cameron swam up to 50 kilometres each week and gained eight kilograms to protect himself from the effects of 10 hours in 16 degrees water. He swam under the rules of the Channel Swimming and Piloting Federation, requiring him to complete the distance wearing only bathers and a standard swimming cap, with a support boat and pilot to guide him through the busiest shipping channel in the world. Cameron raised more than $25,000, which the Macquarie Foundation will match, for the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Australia’s only dedicated cancer hospital, which treats more than 25,000 patients every year and houses the largest cancer research centre in the southern hemisphere. Donations can be made up to the end of the year at everydayhero.com.au/cameronswim Everyday hero