the world of m.a.d.woman

“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.”

m.a.d.woman supports people in need

we connect people with their community

we've helped nearly 400,000 people

help us make a difference today

social enterprise – the m.a.d. shop

Give a gift that keeps on giving. We hand make and design beautiful items in Australia with profits going toward m.a.d.woman projects to support people doing it tough. Through our programs, projects and products we’ve touched the lives of more than 350,000 people so far! Read more about us and the great things we do to help others through m.a.d.woman.

Thanks for your support of the m.a.d. shop  where shopping makes a difference.

the m.a.d. agency

m.a.d.woman is in the business of making a difference. Through the m.a.d. agency we offer packages to help people and businesses with communications and raising their profile. We also offer coaching and consulting, including extensive corporate social responsibility expertise.

COVID 19 has impacted our ability to run some of our core offerings include events, workshops, presenting and team building activities in the same way we previously did. Talk to us about our new ways of working. No matter what we are doing, or how, nothing has changed in regards to our objective to help businesses and individuals achieve success while supporting and contributing to their community.

programs and projects

We’re known for our innovative and creative projects and programs to help support Australia’s most vulnerable and needy people.

Here’s a snippet of ways we help others. We’ll be adding to this so please check back!

You can read more in our section on the difference we make – in the meantime, here’s a selection of some of the interesting things we are undertaking.


Social entrepreneur, inspirational speaker and author Melina Schamroth is in the business of making a difference.

Melina is the Founder of m.a.d.woman (making a difference) and the m.a.d.woman foundation. She is also the creator of the unique Single Volunteers dating program, Grateful in April and Gals Doin’ Good networking events.

Running programs and events to connect people with each other and with their communities, Melina’s programs and projects have seen well over 7000 people help more than 300,000 others in need.

Melina was named The CEO Magazine 2013 Executive of the Year for Community Achievement and also named one of the 40 Most Inspiring Women over 40 in Australia for 2013 by Prevention Magazine.


our news

We were on Channel 7 News! Watch it here!

If you missed it, WATCH US (here) on CHANNEL 7 NEWS! The story features our m.a.d. kid ambassadors Maddy, 12, and Teegs, 10, as they showcase their amazing efforts to help 1000 Australian kids with our Pencil Case Project (and the Hair to Help Project which is helping...

Spreading winter warmth by working together

Another HUGE day at the m.a.d.woman Foundation HQ today! More than 3000 items were distributed - including 228 winter care packs for Australian women, kids and men in need.  Thanks to Meagan, Sue and Josie from Bunnings Warehouse Australia for doing the first...

Sew much thread goes into our donations!

A lot of love - and a lot of thread, pins, fabric, clips and time goes into our charity sewing! Another empty 5km spool on the overlocker! On the left is how it starts.... Another 50+metres of fabric is currently under the needle... thank you immensely to Glynis for...

150 more care packs have gone out!

Another 75 of our beautiful care packs have gone out to the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC) this week. They are joining another 75 we sent last week for some deserving women. We’re so proud to have distributed 2575 stunning care packs in the past two weeks!...

We are helping 700 women RizeUp

We sent 700 of our care packs to RizeUp to distribute to women fleeing domestic violence. By working together we can make even more of a difference. Thanks to everyone who contributed
Help needed for our Mother’s Day care packs

Help needed for our Mother’s Day care packs

WE NEED YOUR HELP! We are soooo close - please help us get our Mother’s Day project over the line. We had a HUGE day today sorting more than 45,000 gifts for our care packs for 2500 women around Australia fleeing domestic violence. We are packing on Wednesday to send...

Dental care and toiletries needed

Dental care and toiletries needed

Does anyone know any kind dentists who can help us urgently source dental care items (even sample sizes) for our 2500 Mother’s Day care packs for women around Australia fleeing domestic violence? (And we also need general toiletries!). After a huge burst of giving, we...

Fostering kindness with 4000 gifts to kids

Fostering kindness with 4000 gifts to kids

WE DID IT!! Today we finished packing nearly 4000 gifts into beautiful handsewn drawstring bags for a special party for more than 260 Melbourne children in foster care this weekend. Our Founder Melina (centre) was thrilled to hand over the special packs to George and...


m.a.d.woman in the media

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