“m.a.d.woman encourages, inspires and enables people to make a positive difference in the environment, community and to the lives of those who need support.”
The m.a.d.woman foundation helps support Australia’s most vulnerable and needy people.
We provide opportunities for people to connect with each other and their communities while making a difference. We address issues such as social inclusion while creating tangible outcomes that positively impact society and the environment.
In 10 years, m.a.d.woman has been joined by around 8000 people to help more than 350,000 people facing social, physical, mental or financial disadvantage.
Our programs and projects support people experiencing a wide range of issues. These include women and children fleeing domestic violence, homeless youth and adults, asylum seekers, disabled and disadvantaged youth, long-term unemployed and people facing illness and more.
We’ve also helped create tens of thousands of meals for hungry and homeless and aided thousands and thousands of others including Black Saturday, earthquake and flood survivors.
We provide care packs to people facing social disadvantage, financial constraints or lack of access. These may include clothing, personal items and other gifts.
m.a.d.woman, a multi award-winning social enterprise, was founded in 2007 with a vision to encourage, engage and inspire people to make a difference to their communities, environment and people in need. In 2013 we were granted full charity status to run the m.a.d.woman foundation to enable us to help many more people.
Through innovative and creative offerings, m.a.d.woman provides a ‘social conscience’ for people while they take part in traditional activities such as team building, networking and even dating. Many activities include rescued, recycled and recyclable materials to help resolve common social and environmental issues.
About the Founder
Founder and CEO Melina Schamroth is a professional speaker, author and award-winning social entrepreneur. Melina was recently named one of the 40 Most Inspiring Women over 40 in Australia in Prevention Magazine and the recent winner of The CEO Magazine Executive of the Year for Community Achievement.
She was co-named 2009 RMIT Communicator of the Year with acclaimed human rights activist The Hon. Michael Kirby. Melina was also a Finalist in the 2009 Premier’s Community Volunteering Leadership Awards and the 2010 BrainLink Women of Achievement awards.
We would love your support to make a difference in our community, environment and people in need. Please contribute to our fundraising efforts and in Australia, any donations to us over $2 will be issued with a receipt for a tax deduction.
Other ways to get involved
If you are not signed up already, please register to be m.a.d. to stay informed about our activities and to learn more about our programs, how funds will be used and the ways you can get involved – such as volunteering and attending events.