Bendigo Community Health Services has appointed an investment manager and philanthropic consultant to make the most of every dollar that comes the way of the not-for-profit organisation.
Equity Trustees, established in 1988, is an ASX-listed company offering a range of services to individuals, families and corporate clients and will help BCHS maximise investment and philanthropic opportunities.
BCHS board chair Vicki Pearce said Equity Trustees' positive and proactive approach to its tender process, in addition to its Bendigo base and desire to help regional Victoria grow was important in its securing the role.
"We now look forward to building a relationship with Equity Trustees and using their expertise to ensure all future investment and philanthropic opportunities are used to their full potential, to ensure our services and care for the community can go to an even greater level," Ms Pearce said.
Equity Trustees head of asset management Darren Thompson said the group would provide BCHS with investment advice and strategy and investment management, among other services.
"Equity Trustees is delighted to have been appointed to work with BCHS," Mr Thompson said.
"We recognise that BCHS must balance its funding sources prudently to ensure services can be maintained but also grow to meet community needs.
"We aim to facilitate this through our investment strategy."
Equity Trustees general manager charitable trusts and philanthropy Jodi Kennedy said the organisation is eager to offer BCHS access to a range of its philanthropic expertise and services.
"Bendigo is a strong community and has a number of well known local philanthropists from the past and present," Ms Kennedy said.
"We hope to work with BCHS to develop its approach to attracting philanthropic investment to support the important work it is doing to ensure a healthy, thriving region."
BCHS operates a network of four general practice clinics, in Eaglehawk, Kangaroo Flat, Bendigo and Elmore, and works alongside other central Victorian health services to cater to specialist needs.
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