Image: (L-R, centre): The Foundation’s Deputy Chair — Janina Gawler, Honorary Patron — Lord Mayor Sally Capp AO and CEO Dr Catherine Brown OAM officially open the For Purpose Impact Accelerator Hub in November 2023.

The For Purpose Impact Accelerator Hub by Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation is a new collaborative working space for the not-for-profit sector to come together and make great things happen. 

Located within Melbourne’s Innovation Precinct near Queen Victoria Market, the Hub is a gathering place where for-purpose leaders, innovators, social enterprises, research partners and philanthropic supporters can collaborate and converge with a shared vision: to transform Greater Melbourne into an inclusive and sustainable city.

Recently opened by Melbourne’s Lord Mayor Sally Capp AO, the Hub offers a mix of long-term desk licences, hot desk solutions and an adaptive Collaboration Space located in the new Narrm Ngarrgu Library and Family Services building. 

Join a dynamic community of for-purpose organisations 

Joining the Hub’s host, Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation, a number of organisations are already co-located at the Hub: Good Cycles; Infoxchange’s Digital Transformation Hub; Newsboys Foundation; Benefolk; Regen Melbourne; The Greater Melbourne Heat Alliance; and Community Connector for Resilience.

Casual and permanent desks, meeting rooms and collaboration spaces, soundproof solo meeting booths and a boardroom are available for hire with access to a full kitchen and an outdoor terrace with views across Queen Victoria Market.

Designed by Six Degrees, an architectural firm recognised for its commitment to sustainability, the Hub is a good fit for environmentally conscious, for-purpose organisations.

Increasing impact

The Foundation has been developing the concept of an Impact Hub based on inspirational site visits to Hubs in other countries focused on increasing impact on social and environmental challenges. The Hub will:

Provide new opportunities for grant partners and others working on Melbourne’s challenges to meet, collaborate, learn, and ultimately develop new programs

Enhance the Foundation’s NFP capacity building role through providing shared space and incubator desks for new projects they are developing or supporting

Engage donors and the community more in philanthropy by being more visible and accessible 

In particular, it is intended that the Hub will enhance shared impact on the major issues of our time facing Melbourne: 

Increasing the supply of affordable housing

Reducing emissions and preparing the community for the impacts of climate change

Increasing economic inclusion, especially through social entrepreneurship

The goal is to help increase the Melbourne community’s ability to respond successfully to these complex and unprecedented times.

Sustainable design and architectural features 

Green Star Design and As Built (V1.2) five star and WELL Gold standard to base building

Onsite PV electricity generation with a total output of 49.8kW to hub levels

Cyclist end-of-trip facility to promote sustainable transport

Environmentally conscious internal finishes

Repurposing of used furniture

Water and energy-efficient fixtures and fittings

Open plan workspace to promote collaboration and mentorship

Natural materials to give warmth to the space

Views outwards and natural light maximised. 

To learn more or book a tour, contact Rashelle Boukas on 03 9633 0033 or rashelle.boukas@lmcf.org.au