Kim Harding and Irene Miller established the Harding Miller Education Foundation after selling Kim’s business in 2014. Both Kim and Irene have been long term champions of the education of girls and of public education. In the two years prior to the sale of the business they had begun to work with the Public Education Foundation on scholarships for girls who did not have the advantages available to girls in higher socio-economic circumstances.
The first girls to receive scholarships, when they were in Year 9, are now in Year 12. In the first years, girls were given cheques to help with their educational requirements. The approach has changed now to providing computers, internet access, tutoring, some funds for other needs and coaching support.
In 2016 the Foundation was recognised as an Australian charity and Public Benevolent Institution and is able to receive tax deductible donations. We applied for this recognition so that we can attract more donations and help more girls.
To expand the program and provide more support for more scholarships, donations would be extremely valuable and welcome. Because Kim Harding and Irene Miller fund all of the administration costs (100%) themselves, all funds go to the girls and their needs.
The Foundation is still working closely with the Public Education Foundation to mutual benefit. The Public Education Foundation offers a wide variety of scholarships for both students and teachers in public schools and promotes the quality and status of public education.
As well as donation, the Foundation is seeking the support of volunteers to help with tasks such as administration, technical and educational advice, fundraising, public relations, procurement and marketing.
Cara Varian is the CEO of the Foundation. She is a woman of great experience in the public domain and holds a Master’s degree in Social Science (International Development). She worked extensively in a voluntary capacity for the Public Education Foundation while fully employed. Cara is committed to public education and the advancement of girls. Kim Harding and Irene Miller fund her position.
Kim Harding and Irene Miller are joined on the Foundation’s Board by Angella Bregovac, Steve Di Leo and Andrea Slark who generously volunteer their time and extensive experience to the progress and growth of the Foundation.
We convene a ‘board of experts‘ who meet, review and approve each application to ensure that they meet the selection criteria. Our panel can include a combination of:
As part of the application process and prior to receipt of any assistance from the Foundation, we gather information about the student from:
This combination of sources allows us to obtain a full and independently verified picture of their circumstances. thereby ensuring that the student is necessitous and disadvantaged and meets the selection criteria.
A range of factors contribute to disadvantage.
In our experience we generally see this manifesting in an inter-connected combination of the following factors:
Women continue to be over represented in areas of disadvantage and underrepresented in positions of power and influence. We know that investing in women build stronger families. communities and economies.