The late Ron Castan AM QC, Ron Merkel QC and a respected Koorie elder established the Koorie Heritage Trust in 1985. We were registered as an incorporated association in 1992. As reflected in the profile of our original founders, our current staff and Board represent reconciliation in action with both Koorie and non-Koorie people working to meet our Vision and Purpose and acting in ways that reflect our Values.
We are an Aboriginal owned and managed not-for-profit organisation. We celebrated our 25th anniversary in 2010, and we look forward to celebrating our 30th anniversary in 2015. We are justifiability proud to have been operating for over 25 years.
We offer a unique range of programs and services to promote, support and celebrate the Aboriginal culture of South-Eastern Australia. As a not-for-profit, we source funding from the State and Federal Governments as well as private, philanthropic and corporate sponsorship and support. To achieve long-term financial sustainability and stability we have over the years to diversified our programs to include revenue generation business areas to support our operational and core programs.
We have a wealth of skills and expertise including cultural knowledge, community and corporate networks, collection management, curatorial, education and research experience.
We are keen to move forward as a bold and adventurous 21st century organisation offering an inclusive and welcoming place for all. We will continue to innovate and transition the development and delivery of our services. Over the next three years, we will raise our revenue base in order to build on our successes and deliver outstanding opportunities to Koorie and non-Koorie communities. Anticipating and embracing advances in digital technology, we will provide best practice client service delivery and meaningful engagement with Koorie young people who are active users of digital technology. At the same time, we will embrace technology to record the memories of our elders for the benefit of present and future Koorie and non-Koorie generations.
Our key Strategic Objectives to Engage, Grow, Reach, Enrich and Develop, support our Collections, Family History Service and Exhibitions, which are our core business areas. Our core business areas facilitate the participation of the Koorie and wider Victorian Aboriginal communities in our programs and services, and promote cultural exchange amongst Aboriginal communities and between all Victorians.
We see ourselves as a place for everyone; a unique space in which Koorie and non-Koorie people can experience, learn, connect and reconnect with the rich, living Aboriginal culture, heritage and histories of Victoria in a safe environment. We see ourselves as a knowledge bank and vital community resource, as much a physical as well as a virtual place for sharing, learning, collaborating and creating.