Opportunity International Australia Programs
27% of people live below $2.50 a day
1 program partner reaching 6 communities
64% of people live below $2.50 a day
1 program partner reaching 1 community
74% of people live below $2.50 a day
12 program partners reaching 1,185 communities
57% of people live below $2.50 a day
3 program partners reaching 304 communities
53% of people live below $2.50 a day
3 program partners reaching 339 communities
How Your Support Changes Lives
See how some of our supporters around Australia got creative while giving back this year.
New South Wales
In New South Wales, Opportunity is grateful for the interns and volunteers who generously donate their time, energy and skills to help families out of poverty. In 2015, we had 32 volunteers in our Sydney office who collectively contributed more than 6,000 hours to our work, the equivalent of three full-time positions. We offer volunteer internships of four-month cycles as well as one-day-a-week volunteers who stay for a longer period of time.
In Queensland, in addition to staff workplace giving matched by the company, long-time corporate supporter Silver Chef hosted a number of fundraising activities throughout 2015. Staff secured donations from customers and suppliers and, during Opportunity’s Food for Thought campaign, employees hosted an iPod shuffle party and Halloween bakeoff. Their marketing department also placed an exercise bike in the office and rode one kilometre for every $1 donated. Collectively, Silver Chef gave more than $100,000 in 2015 – what a tremendous effort!
In South Australia, Opportunity Ambassadors Gerald Lipman and Roslyn Foo together with alumni Ambassador Susan Lee hosted two black-tie gala dinners, Asia in SA and Sakai in SA in Adelaide. The events sought to strengthen economic and business links between South Australia and Asia, while also raising funds for Opportunity. More than 600 guests attended the events as well as a number of internationally renowned chefs, including Michelin 3-star restaurant owner Alvin Leung and legendary iron chef Hiroyuki Sakai. The events raised more than $28,000 for families in need.
In Victoria, Chris Tate and Louise Bedford are financial traders, authors and run the business tradinggame.com.au. Many years ago, they noticed that traders from their Mentor Program often felt a sense of emptiness, even when they were making a lot of money. They observed that when people engaged in philanthropy, they were not only living back to their communities, but they also felt more content when they made profits out of the markets. As part of their trading Mentor Program, participants donate to Opportunity. In 2015, they raised over $17,000, which was able to help provide 243 families with small loans.
In Western Australia, entrepreneurs David and Suzzanne Laidlaw use their businesses to help families in poverty start their own microenterprises. As a qualified yoga teacher, David uses one of his classes every week to ask participants for a donation instead of a fee. In 2015, he raised $2,508 for Opportunity. Suzzanne is a business coach and for every new one-on-one client she takes on, she also donates to Opportunity.
Total value of donations and government grants received
Total number of supporters
Total number of monthly givers
Amount provided through pro-bono support
Families given a hand up through Ambassador fundraising
Number of hours donated by Opportunity interns and volunteers
Number of people who like our Facebook page, along with 1,026 Twitter followers and 861 LinkedIn followers
To our corporate partners, thank you for all the support and resources you give to help families break the poverty cycle.
- 4impact Group
- Advanced Press
- Allen & Overy
- BHP Billiton
- BlueChip Communication
- Clifford Chance
- Flexera Software
- Herbert Smith Freehills
- Independence Studios
- King & Wood Mallesons
- Local Appliance Rentals
- Macquarie Group
- Pilgrim International Communication Group
- RMS Accountants
- Silver Chef
- Stannard Group
- Westpac Group
To the Australian Government and the Australian Council for International Development, we thank you for your ongoing support and assistance, enabling us to continue to reach out to families in poverty around the world.
To succeed in development, trust and accountability are key. Good governance is a means of staying accountable and remaining worthy of this trust with all of our stakeholders — including supporters, the families in poverty that we serve, members, volunteers, employees and program partners.
Board of Directors
The Board of Directors is responsible for the governance of Opportunity including the oversight of the organisation, strategic planning, assessment of management capacity and input & approval of policies. The Board has delegated the responsibility of management, operation and administration to the Leadership Team, with whom it has open access to discuss current and future business issues, risks and strategies.
The Council is a small group of respected and influential Australians who share their wisdom and experience with Opportunity, advocating on our behalf and encouraging others to get involved. We are so grateful to all of these inspiring people for their valued partnership — thank you for all that you do.
A Note From the Chairman
Dear Opportunity family,
· 173 million fewer people worldwide suffered from chronic hunger in 2011–13 than in 1990–92.
It’s becoming possible to imagine a world free from poverty. But much remains to be done. People living in poverty lack choices. A key to ending poverty is a comprehensive approach to financial inclusion addressing access, usage and quality of financial services and products, aiming for those living in poverty to reach their full potential.
This is where Opportunity International Australia comes in. We provide a bridge to financial inclusion for families living in poverty. For more than 45 years, Opportunity has been collaborating with visionary partners and supporters to deploy innovative financial services, business solutions and training — all increasingly enabled by technology — to help those living in poverty transform their lives, their children’s futures and their communities.
I hope you’re encouraged by reading the wonderful stories in this Annual Review of lives being transformed. Because without the help of everyone in the Opportunity family — supporters, Ambassadors, Board and Council members, partners, staff and volunteers — none of these would be possible.
Thank you for all the unique skills, experience and resources you offer as we seek tobring about a measure of justice, dignity and purpose for families living in poverty. With sincere thanks.
Edward Kerr, Chairman
A Note from the CEO
"We’re on the road to providing more than 20 million opportunities by 2020 – and we know it’s possible thanks to you."
Chief Executive Officer
Opportunity International Australia
The Road to 20 Million Opportunities by 2020
We believe that every person has the right to reach their full potential. And just like us, people living in poverty have dreams and hopes. But while talent is universal, opportunity is not.
With your ongoing support, here’s how we can change that equation and provide more than 20 million opportunities by 2020.