These results have been particularly gratifying during times of social and political turmoil. In addition to this, MECA was granted Deductible Gift Recipient (DGR) status by the Australian Taxation Office last year. This has enabled us to focus on building relationships with the corporate sector, which, in turn, has allowed us to diversify our funding streams. We look forward to reporting on our partnerships and many corporate funding successes in the coming year. This year we have worked intensively with the Management Committee, staff, key stakeholders and the community to reshape and refocus MECA’s priorities in order to develop a coherent and strategic plan for the future. This reassessment was vital in maintaining MECA’s relevance and responsiveness for the purpose of harnessing the strengths of our community, whilst simultaneously addressing its needs.
As an organisation, our greatest strength is our connection to the community. Our most laudable achievements come from the collaborations and partnerships we have with other service providers in the local area. The ongoing pursuit of this method of community engagement is of utmost importance to us. One of the many advantages that this practice confers is the ability to respond flexibly to community need. Specifically, it allows the community itself to craft our programs and services to address issues collaboratively in a timely manner. Creating programs and services that reflect and capitalise on this practice has been of ongoing focus within the organisation.