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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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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 : http://startsomegood.com/handbook

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.

http://www.everydayhero.com.au/event/raceforchange/registertowin MORE >

Seeking a volunteer board member for SHINE for Kids

Posted by Helen Wiseman
12th February 2013

SHINE for Kids is a not for profit organisation that supports children who are impacted by having a parent in the criminal justice system.  These are children, aged 0-21, who face the trauma of losing Mum or Dad to prison. Aside from their grief and challenges in understanding what has happened to them and their family, these children can find themselves socially, economically and politically isolated.  Then there is the stigma that they can face even though they are also victims of the criminal justice system.  Affected kids come from all sections and geographies of society but the issue often "hidden". Children from an aboriginal background are unfortunately over-represented (20% of the kids SHINE for Kids helps).

SHINE for Kids operates in NSW (metro and regional), ACT and Victoria.  Our head office is based at Silverwater and our board meetings take place on Wednesday evenings in Sydney CBD. 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)

adam@starfishenterprises.net | 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 >

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 >

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:

http://www.probonoaustralia.com.au/news/2012/02/social-responsibility-shifting-gov-private-sector-accsr-conference?utm_source=Pro+Bono+Australia+-+email+updates&utm_campaign=54ae407d16-News_service_Feb_162_16_2012&utm_medium=email

National Aboriginal Sporting Chance Academy (NASCA) has a new website

Posted by Charles Prouse
16th August 2011

As NASCA turns sweet 16 this year, we felt a new website design made for a fitting birthday present. Check out www.nasca.com.au

We’ve had so many wonderful stories of empowerment, success, and life-changing experiences over those 16 years that we hope to now be able to more fully capture them in our new website.

NASCA aims to be the peak body for Indigenous Sport, Health and Education in Australia and set the international standard for imaginative and effective personal development programs for Indigenous communities.

We are a wholly Aboriginal governed organisation with deductible gift receipt (DGR) status.

Our programs use elite athletes as role models, and engage with business partners and sporting organisations to deliver positive outcomes for young Indigenous people.

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