We are a café addressing social inclusion through great coffee and seasonal food. Our volunteers are the driving force of our social enterprise and their contributions make a difference with 100% of our distributable profits being donated to our partner charities every year.
We give away 100% of our profits to our charity partners
We are proud to have raised more than $175,628 for our charity partners since opening in 2010. This has only been possible through the commitment and support of an extensive community of staff, volunteers, suppliers and customers.
Our distributable profits are divided amongst our project partners based on our ‘coffee bean voting system’. Yep, our customers call the shots here!
Located on the front counter as you pay, you’ll see our two project jars and a bowl of coffee beans. Drop a bean into the jar of the project you would like to support with your purchase and then each year we have our financials audited, determine our profit, empty the jars, weigh the beans and distribute profits accordingly.
Current Charity Partners
Asylum Seeker Resource Centre
Ensuring dignity and human rights for Asylum Seekers
The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC) is Australia’s largest provider of aid, advocacy and health services to people seeking asylum.
ASRC run over 30 programs that serve the larger strategic objective to ensure people seeking asylum are treated fairly with their rights are respected under international human rights law, that they are valued and are able to determine and advance their own futures whilst experiencing the best possible physical, mental and social well-being.
Cathy Freeman Foundation
Education changes lives
Cathy Freeman Foundation (CFF) work one-on-one with students in some of the most remote communities in Australia. CFF work with local community to deliver programs for community by community to help improve school attendance, building confidence, teaching goal setting skills and supporting students through to Year 12 completion.
Volunteers – our driving force
It’s the labours and love of our committed volunteers that have powered Kinfolk since the days when this space was merely dusty floor boards and yellow walls. They are the back bone of everything we do – contributing more than 6,000 hours every year to the successful operation of the café and our events.
Our dedicated management team ensure our volunteers benefit just as much from being involved as we do by having them. From all ages, races and genders, we come together in this space and for this cause. Here we share a commonality that helps us grow; collectively and individually. We have created a space full with love, acceptance and celebration for each person’s unique gift.
DID YOU KNOW WE HAVE A CBD EVENTS VENUE?
Donkey Wheel House Events (DWHE) is our CBD events business. Located on level 2 above Kinfolk Cafe, DWHE is where creative events belong. Donkey Wheel House is Melbourne’s home for scoail imapct and hosting an event here is an opportunity to share in the good work already happening. Whether you are a corporate or community organisation, there are rooms and facilities perfect for your next conference, workshop or creative event. Read more!
Palm Island (PAST PROJECT)
Kinfolk has supported the Cathy Freeman Foundation (CFF) since 2010 and donated more than $50,000 to their cause.
The Cathy Freeman Foundation (CFF) helps Indigenous children experience their potential in school, and beyond.
The Foundation acknowledges the strength and wisdom that lies within remote Indigenous communities and partners with community and school leaders to help build education pathways that work. CFF currently works with 1600 Indigenous children and their families by partnering with four remote Indigenous communities. This includes:
Palm Island in northern Queensland since 2007; Wurrumiyanga on Bathurst Island in the Northern Territory since August 2014; Woorabinda in central Queensland since October 2014; and Galiwin’ku in Arnhem Land, Northern Territory since January 2015.
The Foundation delivers five programs that travel the journey of a child’s education from Pre Prep through to Year 12. The programs help broaden horizons and focus on improving school attendance, behaviour and literacy . They are also designed to help inspire children to realise their own gold medal journey. Community and school partners value the positive impact of CFF’s work, and appreciate its collaborative approach and long term commitment to community.
“After visiting Cathy Freeman Foundation (CFF) on Palm Island in 2014 I am now starting to grasp just how complex these social circumstances are. The cultural divide and level of distrust towards an outside solution is evident and understandable given the Islands history. I am filled with inspiration after witnessing how through focusing on listening to the community, waiting for permission and involving them in a solution, over time, CFF have been able to earn the trust of the Bwgcolman people of Palm Island and work towards bridging the gap on indigenous disadvantage”- Jarrod Briffa – General Manager of Kinfolk Cafe.
We are excited to travel this exciting journey with CFF and check out this beautiful clip which shows you a glimpse of CFF’s work at cathyfreemanfoundation.org.au
Urban Seed (PAST PROJECT)
Kinfolk supported Urban Seed between 2010 and 2018, and in collaboration with its customers raised more than $50,000 for Urban Seeds Credo Cafe.
Credo is a place for people from all walks of life – including those experiencing homelessness, addiction, mental illness or isolation. People come together at Credo Café to eat, play and create over the communal lunch offered every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.
It is over the regular sharing of meals that stereotypes break down, unlikely friendships develop and people are supported to greater wholeness. Whether you are homeless, elderly, a student, an office worker or unemployed, the team at Credo simply love to have lunch with you.
“The story telling that emerges through the work of Credo Café is the most powerful example I have ever seen of an organisation breaking down the stereotype of why a person is homeless and just how fragile the balance is” – Jarrod Briffa – General Manager of Kinfolk Cafe
Credo cafe unfortunately closed during 2018 and thus Kinfolk can no longer support this important work by Urban Seed.
Ghana (PAST PROJECT)
Between opening in May 2010 and June 30 2014 Kinfolk supported YGAP’s efforts in Ghana and donated more than $22,000 to their cause.
YGAP partners with City of Refuge Ministries (CORM), a grassroots organisation that seeks to address the issue of child slavery and child trafficking in the Lake Volta Region of Ghana. CORM seek to address this issue through three primary means: prevention, intervention and restoration. Here is a brief oversight of how they achieve these aims.
Prevention – CORM provides education on the issue to ‘sending communities’; employs single mothers at risk of selling their children at 7 Continents; and is re-developing a social enterprise business model for ‘Save a Child’ water that would also employ single mothers.
Intervention – CORM have rescued thirty-eight children from the Lake Volta or surrounding areas; these rescued children are taken to the Children’s Village where they live with house parents and other children.
Restoration – CORM provide medical, emotional, social and educational support to all the rescued children; CORM have also opened a school which educates over 185 local children and is looking to expand further, as the physical capacity of the school grows.
YGAP’s financial support is channelled to the school and set up costs for ‘Save a Child’ water. For more information please visit http://ygap.com.au/ghana-ygaps-anti-trafficking-program/
Rwanda (PAST PROJECT)
Between opening in May 2010 and June 30 2014 Kinfolk supported YGAP’s efforts in Rwanda and donated more than $18,000 to their cause.
YGAP launched Dreamlink in 2009 – a collaborative partnership with Sanejo to support communities in Rwanda transiting from war to peace and facing extreme poverty through the promotion of education. Both YGAP and Sanejo share a vision to eradicate poverty through the means of educating communities in developing countries.
This partnership has provided the capacity to achieve what may not have otherwise been achieved. The vision to work together to effectively strengthen tomorrow’s youth by providing access to educational facilities in Rwanda – starting with Ntenyo Primary School – has been extremely successful.
For more information please visit http://ygap.com.au/rwanda-rebuilding-classrooms/
Interested in knowing how we distribute of profits?? Wondering how a social enterprise gives away all the profits and still survives?
Kinfolk is committed to growing its cafe, catering and events businesses that provide the resources to support our unique and expanding volunteer program. Periodically, a portion of Kinfolk’s surplus is set aside to a Capital Reserve to underpin the organisations long-term financial future. 100% of all remaining profits are donated annually to our charity partners.
Kinfolks financials are audited pro-bono by Pitcher Partners annually. The audited profit figure is distributed in three instalments (one every four months) over the next financial year. This process ensures a safe level of working capital stays within the business to support the operation and protect against seasonal fluctuations.
To date, Kinfolk has distributed $175,628 charitable partners at June 30th 2018.
We cannot thank you enough for your continuing support.
Kinfolk is a registered DGR endorsed charity with the ACNC