THERE ARE PEOPLE PREPARED TO GIVE OF THEMSELVES FOR THE GREATER GOOD. AND THERE ARE BUSINESSES THAT ARE ALSO PREPARED TO GIVE OF THEIR PROFITS FOR THE GREATER GOOD. BUT HAVE YOU EVER HEARD OF A BUSINESS DONATING 100 PER CENT OF PROFITS FOR THE GREATER GOOD? WELL, LET ME INTRODUCE ONE. Just near one of Melbourne’s famous train stations this lovely café, called Kinfolk, is filled with an eclectic décor and a cosy ambience. Kinfolk has all the ingredients that makes a café work. Great food and coffee (and chai), friendly dedicated staff and a creative vibe that makes you want to stay all day. Add to the list a social enterprise and you’ve got yourself a meaningful business that is making a really big difference. Not only are they supporting local and sustainable produce but also sharing 100 per cent of the profits to partner charities with their friendly volunteering staff doing this for the love of giving back. Since opening in 2010 they have raised more than
$100,000 for their partner projects. Charities they currently support include: The Cathy Freeman Foundation (CFF) helps Indigenous children experience their potential in school, and beyond. The foundation acknowledges the strength and wisdom that lies within remote Indigenous communities and partners with community and school leaders to help build education pathways that work. CFF works with 1600 Indigenous children and their families by partnering with four remote Indigenous communities. Urban Seed has a focus on gathering around food, recreation and creative art to foster a sense of home –
especially for those in our community experiencing homelessness, addiction, mental illness and isolation. Creating a home for those who have none is the basis of their community development work. Customers get to donate through their coffee bean voting system. On the front counter as you pay, you’ll see the two project jars and a bowl of coffee beans. Drop a bean into the jar of the project you would like to support with your purchase and then each year they have their financials audited, determine their profit, empty the jars, weigh the beans and distribute the profits accordingly. Easy. And if you’re interested - anyone can volunteer. What a great way
KINFOLK GIVE A FORK!
MISS MEANINGFUL COLUMN JANINE PHILLIPS AKA MISS MEANINGFUL is passionate about philanthropy and business with a love of combining the two living by the motto ‘one devoted person can initiate change’.
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to do something meaningful, gain some skills and give back. Bless them. They are all heroes to me. From corporate catering for creative business workshops to private dinners in intimate settings, Kinfolk will provide the catering to wow your guests. So whether you’re after a venue for two or up to 34, Kinfolk can cater for your needs. In true innovative style, Kinfolk has teamed up with Donkey Wheel House events to create events with a difference. Want to know more? You can hang out at Kinfolk at 673 Bourke Street, Melbourne from 7am to 3pm, Monday to Friday. Or to find out more about functions and catering visit www.kinfolk.org.au TWITTER: @kinfolk_cafe INSTAGRAM: @K_I_N_F_O_L_K FACEBOOK: facebook.com/KinfolkCafe
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