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WIN: Manna PR officer Lyn Snyder (right) and co-founders Bev and John Lowe at Manna Inc kitchen, where the group provides support and meals for the elderly. Photo: Annaliese Frank

$100k makes Impact for Manna

ONE of Western Australia's newest charity groups, Impact100 WA, has announced the recipient of its first annual $100,000 grant.

Homeless and under-privileged children support group Manna Inc. received the grant ahead of three other organisations, with the selection determined by a vote of Impact's 87 members at a presentation last week.

Manna says the funds will be used to supply 1,000 under-privileged primary school children with winter uniforms.

In making their decision, Impact's members compared the applicants' corporate governance, financial management and the degree to which they needed the grant.

"The other organisations didn't focus as much on the numbers and the real impact of the grant... that's what drew members to Manna,” Impact 100 committee member Loretta MacDonald said.

"Manna support children in 35 different schools in Western Australia, and it focused on the real impact the money would have on these children.”

Describing itself as a 'collaborative giving group', ImpactlOO was formed last May; since then, it has raised $115,000 from its 87 members who are required to make a minimum donation of $1,000 to join, and who vote on which charity receives the annual grant.

The group's model is based on the structure of ImpactlOO in the US, and Western Australia is the first area outside the US to form an ImpactlOO group.

Each member has one vote, regardless of the value of their contribution, so that no member can have undue influence on where the money goes.

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