Income and the economy

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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Evaluation: it's YOUR business - SVA Consulting Quarterly

Posted by Karen Prout
11th September 2013

SVA Consulting Quarterly Sept issue on Measurement & Evaluation features an interview with Tris Lumley, from New Philanthropy Capital in the UK, who calls on non-profit leaders to hold to and measure against clear goals.

He says that leaders need to be brave and stand by their goals and not be swayed by funders.

"It is up to the chief executive or the boards to say, ‘We need to do this stuff because it’s right, because we’re here to do the best job we possibly can for the people we are trying to help.'...

"There needs to be more focus on the brave leaders who are going to push this forward, who will communicate failures and what they’ve learnt from them, or turn down funding because it takes them away from their theory of change."


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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 :

Join us in Martin Place all day on 8th May for The Benevolent Society's 200th Birthday

Posted by Rachael Vincent
3rd May 2013


Big Benevolent Birthday

Australia’s first and oldest charity, The Benevolent Society is celebrating our 200th birthday on 8 May 2013!

We are marking our 200 year history of helping people change their lives and driving social change.

The Benevolent Society was founded in Sydney in 1813 and fought for many social supports Australians take for granted today, including free legal aid, the old age pension, the end of child labour and high quality maternity care.

Come down to Martin Place where our world-first convertible mobile kitchen will be set up and join the celebrations.

Events include:

7.00am Cooking demonstration by celebrity chefs Sammy and Bella from “My Kitchen Rules”.

9.00am Our CEO, Anne Hollonds, will cut our giant birthday cake, joined by members of NSW Parliament.

10.00am Cooking demonstrations in our mobile kitchen by our Taste Food Tour guides and “Dirty Girl Kitchen” founder and chef Rebecca Sullivan

2.30pm Live performance from young vocalists – Bankstown Talent Advancement Program. MORE >

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.


Complex Needs Conference 11 December 2012 - University of Sydney

Posted by Liz Skelton
25th October 2012


This one-day conference will explore ‘complex needs’. By adopting a critical inter-disciplinary analysis, conference presenters will explore the multiple needs of criminal justice and human service clients more broadly.


Location: Level 1, New Law Building, Sydney Law School

Cost: Full fee: $200; FT student: $100; Uni of Sydney staff: $150; Sydney Law School alumni: $150 inc. GST. Contact Garner Clancey ( for information about group discounts.




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 >

Applications closing for Sydney Leadership 2013

Posted by Liz Skelton
12th October 2012

If you know anyone who would be a great candidate for Sydney Leadership next year please encourage them to apply.  As always we are looking for diversity across sectors, issues, areas of influence, age and culture. If you know someone who is trying to impact social change from their position in the corporate, government or community sector  and they want to make a difference with their  leadership, then encourage them to  apply for the Sydney Leadership 2013 program. Applications are open, deadline is next week.  Please contact Julie Ahern 02 9339 8093 to speak further.  Thanks Liz MORE >

Mind Matters - an invitation to an event to mark World Alzheimer's Awareness Day

Posted by Jo Singleton
24th August 2012

 King & Wood Mallesons, together with the Garvan Institute of Medical Research and The Benevolent Society, warmly invite you and your guest to join them for a very special event to mark World Alzheimer's Awareness Day.

Alzheimers's disease affects nearly 300,000 Australians, their families and carers. As our population ages and we all live longer, Alzheimers's disease and dementia, and their associated health and welfare issues, present a major challenge for us all.

How can we face these challenges and what support do people living with demetia and their families need?

Please join us for drinks and canapes to hear two leading expers discuss these pressing and important health and social issues

Dr Adam Cole, Group Leader, Neurosignallying Group, Neuroscience Program, Garvan Institute of Medical Research - will explain the causes and effects of Alzheimer's and will present the most promising breakthroughs in relation to treatment.

Ms Anne Hollonds, CEO, The Benevolent Society - will explore the impact of dementia on families and how attitutudes are changing to address these issues.



6.00 pm - 7.30 pm MORE >

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