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Forward Thinking Magazine : April 2011
62 Written by Anna le Masurier, Macquarie Group Foundation Macquarie in the community Michael is a graduate of the School for Social Entrepreneurs, a not-for-profit organisation set up in 2008 to foster Australia’s budding social entrepreneurs. It offers a non-traditional, non- academic ‘learning by doing’ program to help people turn their ideas on how to benefit communities into effective, sustainable ventures. The School for Social Entrepreneurs was chosen as the inaugural recipient of Macquarie’s Australian Social Innovation Award. The Award was established by the Macquarie Group Foundation in 2010 and provides a $100,000 grant to an Australian community organisation or program that is working to meet local social needs by offering inventive solutions. The School will receive $40,000 over the next two years to support its operations, while six of its graduating students will be selected to receive Fellowships of $10,000 each to develop their own social enterprises. According to the School’s CEO, Benny Callaghan, the Award will assist the School to build important scale and reach a wider audience. The School for Social Entrepreneurs Michael Maxwell is a social entrepreneur working with the community to address the social and economic challenges facing Mt Druitt in Sydney’s west. He has established a ‘community enterprise hub’ incorporating a food market, mobile cafe, op-shop and bi-weekly community markets. The hub creates a meeting place and provides affordable food and clothing, as well as training, work experience and job referrals.