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The First Nations Philanthropic Funders Working Group (FNPFWG) is a collective of six Aboriginal-controlled community health and wellbeing providers that was established to oversee the creation of a community-led model that could direct philanthropic funding to First Nations communities across South Australia. The FNPFWG is focused on creating pathways for First Nations people to access resources and shape how and in what ways they interact with philanthropy. The FNPFWG has a partnership relationship with the Fay Fuller Foundation, which provides ongoing resourcing to develop the structure and governance model that oversees the distribution of funding from other investors, including the Paul Ramsay Foundation. As part of its relationship with the FNPFWG, Fay Fuller Foundation has seconded Warren Miller from his role with group member Yadu Health Aboriginal Corporation, to act as strategic advisor supporting the Foundation with its First Nations philanthropy.

In the video below, Warren Miller talks about the importance of hosting funders out on country, so that they feel the community, place their feet on the land and nurture high trust connection.

NB: This is a case study from The Philanthropic Landscape Volume II: Shifting Culture and Power through Mana-Enhancing Partnerships. Read the full report here.