Find a cause close to your heart:
Raise the Roof
$2000 or more
CHAIR’S CIRCLE – Support young women to achieve their goals through storytelling, networking and mentoring opportunities. Previously we have run storytelling workshops and mentoring programs for women from CaLD and other diverse communities.
Writing Change, Writing Inclusion
$2000 or more
FOUNDERS’ CIRCLE – Support our signature writing program Writing Change, Writing Inclusion, a three-year program to support and develop writers from diverse backgrounds in Western Australia to develop their craft. This includes mentorships, hot desk fellowships, and publishing opportunities.
Word Up Youth Storytelling
$500 or more
STORY SUPPORTERS – Help us to deliver more creative storytelling schools programs for young people living in difficult and complex environments, particularly students from Intensive English Centres, to learn the skills of storytelling, build confidence, improve wellbeing and improve their understanding of literacy.
$3000 per elder
COMMUNITY FUND – Support writers and storytellers of all backgrounds over sixty to complete a three month creative residency at Centre for Stories with the support of a $3000 stipend. While working on their own writing projects, elders also provide mentoring, feedback and workshops for emerging writers in the space.
Emerging Writer’s Fellowships
$15,000 per fellow
OPEN TO SPONSORS – Help us to enable three outstanding emerging writers to support them to get to the next stage of their development. They will be matched with a mentor and editor who will work closely with the emerging writer to bring their work up to a publishable standard. We will also connect them with other writers, publishers, and booksellers.
Hot Desk Fellowships
$2000 per writer
OPEN TO SPONSORS – Offer hot desk fellowships on an annual ongoing basis to 10 emerging writers for a 12-week period. Emerging writers will be provided with the space and resources to write and create new works at Centre for Stories. Writers and their work will be published on our website and digital journal Portside Review.
The Chair’s Circle funds Raise the Roof – a program supporting young women to achieve their goals through storytelling, networking and mentoring opportunities.Donate
In 2023 the Community Fund will support the elder-in-residence program, supporting three creatives over the age of 60 to work on their writing over three months at Centre for Stories.Donate
Support our signature writing program, Writing Change, Writing Inclusion, to empower emerging and mid-career writers from diverse backgrounds.Donate
Story Supporters fund our Word Up youth storytelling program. This is an extension of our current schools program aimed at youth from complex backgrounds.Donate
Centre for Stories Public Fund is a tax-deductible fund listed on the Australian Government Register of Cultural Organisations maintained under Subdivision 30-B of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997.
Stories bring us closer together. Help us to support emerging artists, increase empathy through sharing stories, improve the mental wellbeing of our program beneficiaries and create stronger, more connected communities.
22% increase in social wellbeing for Writing Change, Writing Inclusion participants
12% increase in sense of connection and improved communication skills for Backstories storytellers
10% increase in feeling heard and respected for Writing Change, Writing Inclusion participants
Thanks to generous support from people like you, we can continue to make changes like these for our communities. Let’s make tomorrow better.
Your support helps people like…
As an immigrant from a different background, I found Centre for Stories very different from mainstream writing organisations in Perth. I wandered dismally from one to another in the first two years of settling in Perth. The inclusive approach and professional team who are friendly and helpful have made the mentorship experience beyond joy. And now approaching the end of the mentorship project, I feel I am heard and I know this is the beginning of a long journey ahead. – Elham Mohammadnejad, writer
Growing up my story was one I did very much try to hide, and to come to a point of being able to share it so publicly, and more importantly, proudly is testament to the growth I have made within my personal life but also growth I would not have been able to achieve without the Centre for Stories’ assistance. I could not speak more highly of the organisation and its employees who bring such an energy and understanding to their work. They have made and ensured all my experiences and involvement through multiple projects over the years have been so wonderful and rewarding. – Daniel Bacon, storyteller
Thank you to our Donors
We became supporters of the Centre for Stories because of the extraordinary vitality and space it provides for enabling valuable conversations about diverse lived experience. We have witnessed how transformative the work of the Centre can be, where voice and writing are brought together into compelling illuminations of empathy, creativity and sharing. We consider the Centre to be a unique community organisation forging new worlds of agency; it develops, nurtures and sustains the deep story of our human diversity through activating dignity, critical conversation and respect, together with the creative impulse. – John Ryan, Christopher Macfarlane and Baden Offord (Major Donors)
Supporting Centre for Stories through an annual donation has been a joy and a priority for me. As a writer, I am acutely aware of how difficult it is to have one’s voice heard, and this is even more so the case for voices traditionally marginalised. Centre for Stories truly amplifies those voices, giving them space, opportunity, education and platforms. It celebrates writing and storytelling by those we need to hear from to progress as a diverse society – in terms of gender, sex, age, background, race, colour and all the magnificence of our human rainbow. Perth is deeply fortunate to have Centre for Stories, and I am honoured to be able to continue to support it. – Michelle Johnston (Story Supporter)
I am privileged to be a member of the Board and a supporter of Centre for Stories. With the face of our society changing, it’s vital for that to be reflected in the voices that are welcomed and heard, and the stories that are told. We support Centre for Stories because ‘diversity and inclusion’ is not something that the Centre does, because it is required. It is what the Centre is. It is its very essence. – Neil and Stephanie Fernandes (Story Supporters)
Ungar Family Foundation
Catherine and Julius Matthys
Herbert Smith Freehills
Jane and Jeroen den Hollander
Jo Longo and Mary-Eileen Scanlan
Caroline and John Wood
Christopher, Baden and John
David and Sandy Heldsinger
Peter and Joelle Larsen
Robyn and Rod Quin
Rosemary Sayer and Terry Grose
Peter and Lynne Leonhardt
Catherine and Julius Matthys
Leo, Jane and Matilda Gallop
Neil and Stephanie Fernandes
Our partnerships are collaborations that fund us, work with us, share expertise, and support us in delivering our objectives. Thank you to each of our partners for their ongoing support and contribution.
If you’re interested in partnering with the Centre for Stories, please Get in touch.
Stories change lives
Read our 2022 Social Impact Report
You’ve brought me closer to my community and feel like I belong. You’ve helped me connect human to human. You’ve brought out my light and lifted my spirit through the storytelling training. You’ve helped me better understand people’s experiences who identify in different ways. You’ve helped me find confidence in my story and sense of self.” – Backstories storyteller