CUFA Investors' Circle

Your small annual investment contributes to a better world for people living in poverty.

CUFA invites you to invest in solutions. For just $20 per year, or $2 per month, you can become an investor in our Investors’ Circle. Each year the Circle will fund a life-changing program in the Asia Pacific region. By joining the Circle, you join a community of like-minded individuals dedicated to helping people lift themselves out of poverty.

HOW THE INVESTORS’ CIRCLE WORKS

From little things, big things grow.

The purpose of the Investors’ Circle is to bring together like-minded people to support new projects which combat poverty across the Asia-Pacific.  It is a new philanthropic force, dedicated to solving issues that arise from extreme poverty on an individual and community level.

For just $20 per year, or $2 per month, you can help solve some of the world’s difficult problems by joining our Investors’ Circle.  You will have a direct and meaningful impact on the lives of people in need across the Asia-Pacific. Each year the Investors’ Circle will crowdfund a life changing program in the Asia-Pacific region. 

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In 2017, the Investors’ Circle will help launch the Children’s Financial Literacy program in Myanmar.

Financial literacy is about being smart with money, making wise decisions about spending, savings, managing personal debt and planning for our future. For many children across the Asia-Pacific region, these valuable lessons are not taught, thus contributing to the cycle of poverty. The Children’s Financial Literacy program provides the opportunity for children living in poverty to create a brighter future for themselves and their families.

Myanmar (formerly Burma) is an emerging economy in our region. CUFA has worked in Myanmar since 2011 and our projects have focused on developing village savings banks in ultra-poor communities in several provinces, some focusing particularly on women’s economic empowerment and growing teachers’ financial capacity.  

You can now make a difference to the lives of young people in Myanmar through Children’s Financial Literacy. As an Investor, you will be ensuring that children living in poverty can create a better life for themselves.  

It only takes your small investment of $20 per year to fund a life-changing program in the Asia Pacific.

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BECOME AN INVESTORS’ CIRCLE AMBASSADOR

Because you have the power to change the lives of people living in poverty. 

As an Ambassador in the CUFA Investors’ Circle, you will play a key role in using your personal influence to champion the cause, by helping to spread the word online, in your university or workplace, and in your wider community.  

This initiative is all about small investments we can make in CUFA’s projects, and the powerful impact we can have on the world as a collective.

If you’re interested in becoming an Investors’ Circle Ambassador, or would simply like some more information then we’d love to hear from you. Please contact our Deputy CEO, Rebecca MacFarling directly on 1300 490 467 or email her at donations@cufa.org.au. You can also download our Ambassadors’ Kit HERE.

MEET OUR AMBASSADORS

IRENE NARAYAN

IRENE NARAYAN

I am the Marketing Supervisor at SCU – More Generous Banking. I was the 2015 recipient of the Harry Zaphir Scholarship. The Scholarship provided me the opportunity to go to Cambodia and meet the many Village Entrepreneurs that are benefiting from the support, guidance, training and financial assistance the local CUFA team are providing, which is possible thanks to the donations that you and I are providing. I also was lucky enough to visit the many schools in Cambodia where CUFA runs their financial literacy program. This program teaches children from a young age the techniques and benefits of savings. What I love about CUFA is that they are hands on, they have a holistic approach to combating poverty including early education, support for entrepreneurs to  start and grow their own business and direct support for local Credit Unions that in turn support their communities. I was really touched by my experience in Cambodia and am dedicated to spreading CUFA’s message and this worthy cause.

Kirstie Salgram

KIRSTIE SALGRAM 

I am from a small town called Wollongbar in NSW. I am an Accounts Officer at Summerland Credit Union in Lismore where I have worked for the past 2 years. In June 2016, I was given the opportunity to volunteer as a part of CUFA’s Fiji Kayak Challenge. I raised $5,000 for CUFA’s projects and it was the best experience of my life. I met lifelong friends on the trip and it is something that will stay with me forever. The work CUFA does is just amazing.

 

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MATTHEW VALE

As a university student I have been fortunate to receive the gift of education, yet many children in our region live in desperate poverty and may never have the opportunity to go to school. As a society, I think it’s important that we work to help others less fortunate than ourselves to achieve what they may not be able to otherwise. I have been privileged to intern, and now volunteer with CUFA seeing first hand their work and its far reaching benefits to create a more just society. I am proud to support CUFA’s inspirational work with the Investors’ Circle and to help fund specialised support for Children’s Financial Literacy in Myanmar.

Paul Warnes

PAUL WARNES

Originally from the UK, Paul has worked in IT, developing CRM software, for financial services for more than two decades.  Paul has many passions: photography, writing, baking, home brew and his Royal Enfield are just a few.  Paul believes that financial services should be accessible to everyone and that financial inclusion is the key to solving the tricky problems of poverty.  He looks forward to visiting Myanmar to witness first hand the impact of the Investors’ Circle’s investment.  

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JACK KINCAID

I was fortunate to work for CUFA as a Project Administrator between my university degrees. I am currently studying law at UNSW, and look forward to working in international law one day. CUFA is a special place, and does unique work to fight poverty in our region.  I have seen firsthand the impact of CUFA’s projects in the field, and I am proud to have been a part of it.  I hope you will join me in being part of the Investors’ Circle.  Together, we really can make a difference.

 

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LEANNE VALE

I work as the Senior Manager Financial Crimes for Customer Owned Banking Association (COBA). I joined the customer owned banking industry association in 2003 to spearhead the industry’s first centralised fraud prevention advisory role. I have lead teams and held senior fraud management roles within Australian major and regional banks in addition to mutual building societies and credit unions in regulatory compliance, audit and fraud management roles. As a strong supporter of CUFA and its activities since joining the industry association, both myself and fellow colleagues have worked directly with CUFA beneficiaries to address delegations, educate study groups on financial auditing, compliance and fraud awareness as well as participating in CUFA’s life changing adventure challenges. CUFA Staff have energy and compassion that have managed to inspire and motivate me even in the busiest and difficult of times that we all endure. Our lives here in Australia are incomparable to those struggling to lift themselves from poverty, in particular the women and children of the Asia Pacific region, but together we can make a difference! I am proud to be part of the Investors’ Circle and look forward to seeing the success of the Children’s Financial Literacy program in Myanmar.

Bev Graham

BEV GRAHAM

I am an employee of 20 plus years with Teachers Mutual Bank. In 2016 I was one of 5 TMB staff fortunate enough to participate in a CUFA Study Tour to Cambodia.  This provided me the opportunity to witness firsthand the Children’s Financial Literacy program and the Village Entrepreneur initiative and the positive impact these programs have on the whole community. I am proud to be part of the Investors’ Circle and look forward to promoting CUFA and the fabulous work they do, in particular  the Financial Literacy program.  This program does and continues to help make positive and long lasting changes in the lives of those children, their families and the community as a whole.

 

THE INVESTORS’ CIRCLE 

  • Geoffrey Ashlin
  • Mina Askovic
  • Sandy Belford
  • Stephen Birch
  • Mary Jo Capps
  • Kimrey Clancy
  • Rob Crawford
  • Prof. Leanne Cutcher
  • Naomi Dinnen
  • Dr Paul Docherty
  • Aleks Duric
  • Ali Facer
  • Sarah Falzarano
  • John Garran
  • Olive Gataulu
  • Stephanie Hughes
  • Anna Kearsley
  • Katherine Kemp
  • Donna Kildea
  • Jack Kincaid
  • Tamara Leizer
  • Patrick Leong
  • Dr Cecelia MacFarling Meure
  • Pamela MacFarling
  • Rebecca MacFarling
  • Dr Peter Mason
  • Dr Claire Matthews
  • Janelle McKenzie
  • Gary Murphy
  • Dr. Tony Murphy
  • Irene Narayan
  • David Owen
  • Jalissa Puru
  • Graham Raward
  • Tegan Redinbaugh
  • Katrina Riddle
  • Georgia Rivers
  • Bev Robinson
  • Kirstie Salgram
  • Adele Schonhardt
  • Caroline Sharpen
  • Jacqui Smith
  • Zoe Stephens
  • Vanessa Sutch
  • Andrew Threlfall
  • Elsbeth Torelli
  • Cypriana Tshai
  • Leanne Vale
  • Matthew Vale
  • Edward Warnes
  • Paul Warnes
  • Ellen Watts
  • Barry Wilson
  • Ed Wright

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