We Are Mobilise

What is Direct Giving?

Direct Giving

Direct Giving is Mobilise’s method of directly providing funds to people facing homelessness, empowering them to forge their own way out of homelessness. 

To meet our commitment to Nedd and the donors around Australia of pushing forward with new and innovative ways of making the most impact for people experiencing homelessness, we are developing and aiming to implement an Australian-first direct cash transfer program for our friends on the street.  

We Are Mobilise are excited to build partnerships with charity partners and private businesses to bring this to life.  

What are direct cash transfers? 

Direct cash transfers are a way of providing support to people in need, and they are gaining more and more attention around the globe. There is a strong evidence base that supports providing direct payment of money to eligible people. 

Direct cash transfers with limited conditions to people in poverty aim to achieve two key objectives: 

  • Higher efficiency than traditional support services, by cutting out operational and administrative costs associated with service delivery 
  • Removing paternalistic oversight characteristic of traditional philanthropic and government approaches to poverty; they give the recipients the freedom to determine for themselves how to spend their money. 

Mobilise’s direct giving programs 

Mobilise Matched is an Australian-first direct cash transfer program consisting of an employment and wellbeing pathway, with intake and wraparound case management provided by Youth Projects and training and employment opportunities provided by employment partners. We Are Mobilise can support participants’ successful completion of the program by providing financial grants, matched to participants’ savings toward their personal goals. 

The Mobilise Kickstarter program provides direct rental assistance for eight weeks, including bond payments, to help people at risk of homelessness access or maintain a rental property. 

We’ve developed this program because there is a pressing cost of living crisis and acknowledge that some people can fall through the cracks of existing schemes when it comes to paying their rent. 

Recognising the risks associated with developing and implementing new methods of addressing homelessness, there are few accessible funds available for early-stage ventures in this space. We want to not only participate in this space but also support innovation in existing practice. 

The Mobilise Pay program focuses on the unique challenges facing single-mother families. This year-long program goes beyond financial assistance, using a voucher and gift system to cover necessities like utility bills, groceries, and extracurricular activities for children. In addition to these tangible benefits, Mobilise Pay facilitates access to vital third-party services, including financial counselling and resources promoting healthy living.  

By holistically addressing the needs of single mothers, we aim to provide not just immediate relief but also the tools and support necessary for sustained stability, even in the face of economic uncertainty. 

How we find our participants 

We Are Mobilise is an organisation that understands the importance of collaboration in the charity space. There are many incredible organisations providing services and working directly with clients facing or currently experiencing homelessness. 

Our objective was not to duplicate this work but instead to provide a range of programs and support mechanisms that enhance the impact they can provide. By developing a strong and trusted partner network, We Are Mobilise can accept referrals from a range of different organisations and provide support to a broad range of participants. 

Each of our programs has different eligibility criteria, however, we’re aiming to create programs that catch people who might not be eligible for existing support. 

Working in Collaboration 

We Are Mobilise understand that the impact of our work can be amplified through collaborative action and learning. In the medium term, a Funding for Innovation program will provide much-needed early-stage funding to people with aspirational and innovative solutions for homelessness. This aligns with our aim to give as many people as many avenues as possible to get involved and make a difference for our friends on the street.  

Project 10,000 

We believe that our direct giving programs will help 10,000 people by 2030. By mobilising our donors and supporters, we think we can help our friends on the street and do our bit to end homelessness in Australia. 

Andrew Sloman

Andrew has recently joined the Board after initial conversations with Anthony and Noah where they expressed a desire to source risk, governance and financial expertise to the organisation and would Andrew recommend anyone from his networks.

So taken was Andrew with the organisation, the mission, strategy and people that he decided to contribute himself and leverage his 30 years experience as a registered company auditor, risk and internal audit practitioner.

As a Fellow of Chartered Accountants Australia and New Zealand, you can often find him criss crossing the Tasman Sea and mumbling the occasional word of Te Reo Maori. He also holds governance roles as a Board Member of the Victorian Local Governance Association and is an independent member of Risk Committees at the Richmond Football Club and the A.G. Coombs Group.

He is passionate about managing risk in sectors including charities/not-for-profits, Local Government, Sport and Sport Infrastructure, and you will find him most weekends at the MCG cheering on his beloved Tigers.

Jenna Downer

Having spent the last decade working across corporate and philanthropic partnerships, across both National Sporting Organisations, and international not-for-profits, Jenna is passionate about the human experience, believing we all have opportunity, and the responsibility to improve to world of tomorrow.

With attitude of curiosity, and a knack commercialising programs, Jenna creates value for organisations seeking to make tangible social impact, championing sustainable development principles across commercial and philanthropic partnerships. 

With a career built around relationships and networks, weekends mean are a change of pace, often spent at the dog park with a great Melbourne-brewed coffee in hand.

Trent Milvain

Trent Milvain

Trent is the Chief Operating Officer of Law Squared.

He has overseen the firm’s growth over the past eight years alongside Demetrio Zema and the business, laying and executing the firm’s strategy–from new legal and non–legal service lines to integrating teams across Australia, United Kingdom, and most recently an office in Auckland, New Zealand.

A sample of Trent’s responsibilities includes leading the firm’s culture, capability, and day-to-day operations.

His strategic approach has also led to the establishment of a Legal Technology function that provides helps corporate legal departments optimise their legal operations & technology.

Trent advises a Melbourne-based FinTech and is a founding board member for We Are Mobilse which is on a mission to positively transform the lives of those facing homelessness across Australia.

Previously, Trent worked as a Commercial Manager for one of Australia’s leading retail groups and has advised a construction firm in Melbourne.

In his free time, Trent enjoys learning and experiencing new things, spending time with friends and family, and watching live sports.

Chris King

Chris King

Chris is one of the founding volunteers of We Are Mobilise, which started in 2016 and has served as a director on the board since its conception.

Early in his time with We Are Mobilise, Chris realised the power of conversation and was troubled by the isolation that those facing homelessness felt. It became clear that the isolation was feeding a disconnect, not only from society but also from their sense of humanity; compelled by this, Chris continued to do what he could to recognise, acknowledge and help those living with homelessness.

Over the years, his role has changed from a more hands-on approach running the volunteer marketing team to a more strategic role assisting the full-time staff to grow We Are Mobilise to its most impactful state.

In his day job, although rarely just during the day, Chris is a founding employee of the creative business Bullfrog, specialising in communications, commercialisation and innovation. He primarily works across Production and Client Management for various national and international companies.

Anthony Alsop

Anthony Alsop

Attracted by the impact of multiple outreach experiences in 2022, Anthony joined the board of We Are Mobilise that year before assuming the role of Chief Marketing Officer in 2023.

His career journey spans the sports industry, with stints at the Australian Football League’s Richmond Football Club and Brisbane Lions as well as Tennis Australia, and Channel 7. Beyond our Aussie borders, he left his mark in the hustle and bustle of New York with the National Basketball Association.

Anthony’s passion is storytelling, having created documentaries, TV shows, and podcasts throughout his career. He’s not just a behind-the-scenes guy; he’s been in the executive hot seat and led communications during his tenure within the AFL. He leads our marketing function and infuses his unique storytelling into our branding, communications, partnerships, and fundraising efforts.

Off the clock, you’ll find Anthony playing basketball, at the movies, or hanging out with family and friends. Catch him in action from his appearance on ABC’s Hard Quiz for a dose of his lighter side.
Danielle Schutte

Danielle Schutte

Danielle joined the Mobilise board in 2021 after a conversation with Noah where they decided they could change the world. After 2 years of volunteering, she decided that the only way we could get there was to focus on the mission full-time, when she joined as Chief Operating Officer.

Danielle has always been interested in the big global systems that impact people’s lives every day and has built a career on trying to understand and change these for the better.

This long-time hospo worker journeyed through a Masters in Public Health, stints in advocacy, to management consulting in the health sector and a strategy at a large federal government agency.

She’s been able to use this to develop our flagship programs from scratch and build the back-end of Mobilise into a more efficient operation, and making sure we’re focussed on using technology to help us help our friends on the street. You can check out her weirder side in her passion project: a podcast mixing health technology and the healing powers of music.

Otherwise you can find her riding a scooter to a gig near you or doing circus aerial tricks (badly).

CEO Noah Yang

Noah Yang

Noah is the Founder of We Are Mobilise and currently serves as Managing Director/CEO.

Challenged by the understanding that no-one in Australia should have to sleep on the street, the Mobilise journey began when Noah and a friend set out with bags of bread to have conversations with those they met. Since that day, Noah has lead We Are Mobilise from a grassroots movement focused on assertive outreach through to an ACNC-registered national charity which has recently completed the $2 million+ Nedd Brockmann campaign – positioning it ready to deliver impact across its 3 core pillars.

Noah’s background was in management consulting and he has an inquisitive nature, passionate about leveraging commercial solutions to make a social impact.

He has coupled a diverse consulting experience with a global education, informing his passion for innovation and an eagerness to deploy an entrepreneurial approach to business building.

Outside of Mobilise, Noah enjoyed building a project called ‘ASX Investor’ – a digital media channel that amassed 25,000+ total followers and featured interviews with CEO’s from across the ASX.

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