Three new grants awarded to Indigenous Literacy Foundation, Raise and Dignity
Sydney, Australia – 5 April 2022. The newly formed MRI Software Foundation in Australia is proud to actively support UNESCO’s Decade of Indigenous Languages in 2022 by awarding $5,000 to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF) to deliver 500 new, culturally relevant books to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, living in remote communities across Australia.
Over the last 10 years, the Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF) has supplied over 400 remote communities with almost 540,000 books, many featuring Indigenous authors and illustrators.
David Stewart, Relationships Manager at the Indigenous Literacy Foundation says,
We are grateful to the MRI Software Foundation for choosing the ILF as its first grant recipient in Australia. The donation provides access to quality books where reading material is often extremely limited.
“Literacy is a navigation skill. It gives kids the ability to navigate the world around them. ILF is Community led. We listen and respond to the needs of each Community and provide the literacy resources requested. These include early learning board books and resources, audios and animations, books for kids and families and programs to support Communities to tell and publish their own stories, in languages they choose.”
The mission of the MRI Software Foundation is to strengthen and advance underserved communities focused on education and housing assistance through sponsorships, grants and volunteerism. The Australian charitable giving arm of the global #proptech leader, MRI Software was officially registered with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) in late 2021.
David Bowie, Senior Vice President and Managing Director for Asia Pacific at MRI Software adds,
It is profoundly deliberate that the first grant recipient for our newly registered charitable giving initiative in Australia benefits First Nations communities. We look forward to an ongoing partnership with the ILF as they advance their important community building initiatives.
Grants to Youth and Homeless Support
In addition to the ILF, the MRI Software Foundation in Australia announces two other inaugural grant recipients: A$10,000 to Raise youth mentoring service, which actively supports high-school aged people across Australia struggling with challenges like depression, anxiety, bullying, fear of the future and staying engaged with school; and $5,000 to Dignity, a not for profit organisation committed to empowering people experiencing homelessness in Australia.
The MRI Software Foundation acknowledges the work of APAC MRI business executive, Angela Mihalarias, who volunteers as a Raise mentor and advocated for the grant after being so impressed with the long-term impact of the organisation on young people.
MRI’s David Bowie is a long-term advocate for corporate social responsibility and is proud to have three such well-deserving inaugural recipients in Australia with the Indigenous Literacy Foundation, Raise and Dignity.
“At MRI we are all about helping people thrive in communities with one another. For us that often means real estate agencies using our technology to help connect more people with their forever homes, or corporate office landlords and owners using our technology to make safe, efficient workplaces. Now with the MRI Foundation active in Australia with a meaningful focus on education and homelessness the MRI family here can connect broader communities with a sense of hope and practical support. I look forward to partnering with ILF, Raise and Dignity over the longer term to help achieve their respective community goals.”, he said.
MRI Software employees are encouraged to nominate local not-for-profit organisations they believe support the mission of the MRI Software Foundation in transforming the way communities live, work and play.
David Stewart, Relationships Manager at the Indigenous Literacy Foundation pictured below (R) after receiving the news of the $5,000 grant from the MRI Software Foundation from David Bowie, senior vice president and managing director Asia Pacific for MRI Software (L).
This image is taken in front of an artwork proudly displayed at the MRI Software Head Office in George Street, Sydney called Seven Sisters 2013 by First Nations artist Tjungkara Ken, an Australian Aboriginal artist from Amata, South Australia in the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara (APY) Lands.