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Nominate someone for a Westpac Community Leaders Award. Hurry! Closes 15 August

Posted by Rachael Vincent
24th July 2014

This has got SLA Alumni written all over it!

With a focus on community impact and leadership, so many of our Alumni are ideal candidates for this award. We'd love to see one of you win! 

Visit the Westpac website for more information.

Who are they looking for? 

From the Westpac website: 

"Leaders who:

  • Demonstrate the social and financial impact of their organisation's activities
  • Demonstrate a sustainable vision for the future of the organisation that will have a positive impact on the broader community
  • Achieve a breakthrough innovation or change that makes things better or easier for the community
  • Take responsibility for decisions and actions, placing the community's interest upfront
  • Regularly exceed customer needs by delivering flexible, high quality and reliable services
  • At all times, act professionally, with honesty, consistency and impartiality, building trust and confidence in the community they serve."

Last year's winner in the category of leadership in a NFP organisation was Rachell Towart, CEO, Australian Indigenous Leadership Centre: 

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Launch of Pets4Life

Posted by Cathy Beer
13th December 2013

Cathy Beer (SL10) created a new website, which was launched at Willoughby Council on 3rd December 2013.  Guests included Councillor Wendy Norton, veterinarian, Dr Cathie Savage and supporters.

Pets4Life is a community resource for pet owners and those who are thinking of adding a cat or dog to the family.  The aim of the site is to help people to make good choices about pet ownership, and ultimately reduce animal surrender.



Start Some Good

Posted by Stephen Couling
16th July 2013

Hi folks - here is a short video about a project with which I am involved.... doing important work. Project Australia is raising funds to publish a book to help Australia Not-For-Profit/Community groups Start, Scale and Sustain wonderful life changing projects. Can you help with a donation ? Go here :

The Race for Change

Posted by Lauren Heyligers
28th February 2013

As you are may be aware, The Benevolent Society is launching the Race for Change - a corporate team bike race established in 2013 to celebrate our 200 years anniversary! This is targeted at teams of keen cyclists in the corporate world but could also be of interest to others. Teams will race against each other and raise money for The Benevolent Society while doing so!


Please pass this on to your network to encourage more teams to register and raise $$.  


All details can be found on the website - please click through below. MORE >

Invitation to join new network for rural & regional Community Entrepreneurs

Posted by Adam Blakester
10th January 2013

Late last year Starfish Enterprises and EvolveNetwork initiated a new network aiming to find and connect community and social entrepreneurs* who are working throughout rural and regional Australia.

The purpose of the group is to share information, learn from each other and get to know each other. Over time we believe this could grow and become a useful “community of practice”.

Let me know if you are interested to join this network or would like to discuss this further.

Cheers, and all the best for 2013.

Adam Blakester (Alumni, Sydney Leadership 2004) | 0419 808 900 | 02 6775 2501

* Download a one-page information sheet with more information about social enterprise and their work in the fast growing fourth sector here.


Transformative Scenario Planning Course with Adam Kahane in Melbourne and Sydney

Posted by Liz Skelton
22nd October 2012

Transformative Scenario Planning Course with Adam Kahane in Melbourne and Sydney MORE >

Tuesday, 25th September 8.30pm: Insight looks at why Australia is euthanasing so many dogs and cats

Posted by Cathy Beer
24th September 2012

SBS INSIGHT program, Tuesday 25th September 8.30 pm

 Australians love pet dogs and cats. But each year tens of thousands of them are killed. Often, they’re perfectly healthy.  The RSPCA alone enthanased more than 56,000 cats and dogs last financial year. And that figure doesn’t include all the animals put down at council pounds around Australia every day. MORE >

Emergence of the social purpose business - ACCSR conference

Posted by Rachael Vincent
16th February 2012

The keynote address at the Australian Centre for Corporate Social Responsibility conference in Melbourne on 15 February 2012 was all about the emergence of the social purpose business.

The speaker was Professor Dirk Matten, who holds the Hewlett-Packard Chair in Corporate Social Responsibility and is a Professor of Strategy at the Schulich School of Business, York University, Toronto.

Read the full story on the ProBono website here:

3 Things for Social Change

Posted by Christopher Saunders
15th June 2011

A new charity campaign supported by Oxfam and aimed at Gen Ys called 3 Things aims to challenge the notion that young people are reluctant to help others.

“What are 3things that you can do to help change the world?” asks the website, which summarises the basis of the campaign. By giving three minutes, three weeks, or three actions, the site says, Gen Ys can contradict offensive stigma that they’re lazy good-for-nothings, and contribute to social change.

The campaign involves getting creative, and relies on the pebble in the ocean theory - that is, one good deed, regardless of size, can contribute to a world movement.

This idea is reflected in the campaign: “together our collective actions have a massive flow on effect and can impact the wellbeing of our poorest and most marginalised neighbours, as well as the environment.”

The site allows users to update the 3 things they are doing to contribute to world change.

With the 3 Things Movement, Social change seems easy enough.

Check out the website

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