Opportunity Child was catalysed as an independent legal entity with grants from ten20 Foundation on 24th October 2018.
The establishment of Opportunity Child was an important and exciting milestone for the roll-out of Collective Impact in Australia. It acknowledged the boundaries of ten20’s role as a philanthropic catalyser and the importance of Opportunity Child as an on-going and independent organisation in the CI space.
When ten20 entered the philanthropic sector as a ten-year sunset organisation, it was dedicated to early childhood vulnerability and community-led, collective impact efforts. It saw an urgent need for a national intermediary that:
- Supported community initiatives in an open source peer-to-peer learning network
- Focused on the importance of shared data in community planning
- Linked local insights to national, systems-level discussions around policy reform, and
- Explored the funding infrastructure required to support local community efforts
ten20 believed that Opportunity Child demonstrated this capability and that its establishment as an independent legal entity positioned it better to help local communities and national systems work differently to improve the lives of young children. Opportunity Child:
- Evolved its strategy based on ten20’s commitment to Collective Impact
- Strengthened its senior team to support CEO Dr Dianne Jackson, by hiring Tara Kleine as Director Innovation, Capability and Development with Wendy Mason as Director of Strategy and Operations. Joyce Teo was appointed as Operations Manager.
- Secured an influential new board including Ivan Power from Macquarie Group as Chair, and NSW’s former and inaugural Children’s Commissioner, Gillian Calvert.
Under this new arrangement, Opportunity Child received grant payments from ten20 wound down its operations. Unfortunately Opportunity Child was unable to secure sources of further funding from a wider range of players committed to improving early childhood vulnerability through community-led, collective impact and closed its doors in January 2020. Many communities are continuing to drive the placed based CI model to address childhood vulnerability and other critical areas.