November 30, 2016

Kildonan Gift Powers Research for Community Sector Innovation

Kildonan UnitingCare celebrated 135 years of service to the community in a celebration themed `Closer, Bolder, Stronger’ on November 30 at the Melbourne Museum. As part of the celebrations, Kildonan- which will soon merge with its sister agencies in Victoria and Tasmania to form a new agency known as Uniting – announced the Kildonan Commemorative Research Fellowship, which will be hosted by CSI Swinburne from 2017.

The fellowship will support postdoctoral and doctoral research that supports community sector innovation, consistent with the legacy of Kildonan’s work.

CSI Swinburne Director, Professor Jo Barraket said “We are delighted to receive this generous gift from Kildonan, which will enable the Centre to extend its research with and for community services innovators. The focus of the fellowship on early career researchers will also allow us to invest in future researchers who are committed to progressing social change, in keeping with both Swinburne and Kildonan’s commitments to social impact.”

Kildonan CEO, Stella Avramopoulos said the scholarship will ensure Kildonan’s legacy continued.

“Kildonan has a reputation for delivering some of the most proactive, innovative and relevant community services in Victoria to address the issues children and families face. Whilst the name Kildonan will be gone, this scholarship will ensure our values live on, and we can continue to make an impact, through those that share our vision.”

The Kildonan Commemorative Research Fellowship will commence in early 2017.

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