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SVA Fundamentals for Impact: are you doing good?

The SVA Fundamentals for Impact enable organisations to assess whether they are being effective and how they can do better. Why and how was the framework developed?

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Founding SVA Consulting

Four of the key players behind Australia’s first dedicated non-profit consultancy for the social sector tell the story of setting up and shepherding SVA Consulting through its initial years.+ Podcast

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Scaling SVA Consulting: an insider’s perspective

SVA Consulting Executive Director, Olivia Hilton reflects on what brought her to the business and the principles that have shaped and guided its growth. + Podcast about its founding

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How to be more effective in reducing disadvantage? Insights from SVA Consulting

After 10 years in the sector, SVA Consulting reflects on the strategies and interventions that it has seen deliver the greatest impact. + Podcast

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How culture grows effective outcomes

Te Whānau O Waipareira is working with SVA Consulting to build an outcomes management culture and strategy to measure what really matters for Māori families. + Podcast

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Embedding continuous improvement

The framework that drives sustainable social change in social purpose organisations (and their funders) supporting them to get better at what they do.

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What makes for a collaborative philanthropic partnership?

Indigenous women’s social enterprise, Marnin Studio and SVA describe what it takes to create a collaborative philanthropic partnership. + Podcast

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Yunus advocates social business as tool to stop increasing inequity

Micro-credit founder, Professor Muhammad Yunus urges us to consider social business as a tool to address the world’s increasing inequity, whether it’s getting rural Bangladeshis out of poverty or Australians off welfare. + Podcast

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Sector trends: stories from the frontline part 1

Leaders in the social sector reflect on current trends and how their organisations are responding to be the most effective funders and service providers. Part 1 of 2. + Podcast

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Summer treats: staff picks

SVA staff share a collection of articles, podcasts, books, videos and films touching on sector topics that have inspired them as they go about their work to address disadvantage.

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Incubating a pilot

Lessons from incubating a new model for tackling unemployment

Incubating the Industry Employment Initiative highlighted the importance of knowing your endgame, evaluating to improve rather than prove, and of strategic funders who are willing to take risks. + Podcast

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A portfolio approach to corporate social investment

Using various approaches as part of a well-managed portfolio can help corporates to maximise the benefits of their social investment activities for business and society. + Podcast

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Find your philanthropic true north

To affect positive social change, philanthropic organisations need clarity and alignment on four key elements as demonstrated by the Paul Ramsay Foundation.

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Giving that packs a punch: best practice in philanthropy today

A review of philanthropic activity commissioned by the AMP Foundation has revealed Australian funders could do more to adopt best practice approaches.

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Partnerships: the heart of venture philanthropy

Understand what venture philanthropy is and the commitment required from both ventures and philanthropists to make it work.

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Investing in social change

Michael Traill explores innovative ways to build an efficient capital market for social purpose – one smart and sustainable enough to solve today’s entrenched social problems.

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Movember: changing a system collaboratively

Movember’s story shows what can be achieved if you harness the collective wisdom of diverse stakeholders, galvanise disparate players to collaborate and focus on the goal.

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How corporate partnerships work

Ensure you have the basics covered as you build and maintain corporate funding relationships.

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Embedding continuous improvement

The framework that drives sustainable social change in social purpose organisations (and their funders) supporting them to get better at what they do.

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Funder curates visionary coalitions

Funders set up in perpetuity can afford to take a long-term approach to investments enabling them to build coalitions where more can be achieved.

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Due diligence: making philanthropy work for you

Applying a due diligence framework ensures choosing a fund recipient which best fits the funder’s strategy as well as having the capacity and capability to fulfil its aims.

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Macquarie: catalyst for cancer charities

The Macquarie Group Foundation’s funding of a group of cancer charities demonstrates how a funder can support collaboration as well as some of the inherent challenges.

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More than a trust, SecondBite’s security

How SecondBite, a rapidly expanding non-profit, sowed the seeds for a secure future.

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A major donor funding plan in six steps

This six step process demystifies the art and science of finding, engaging and stewarding major donors.

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You get what you give: The art of funding strategically

What are the challenges and how do you overcome them when your philanthropy becomes less about ‘giving money away’ and more about the social impacts you can achieve?

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Focusing ambition: The Wyatt Benevolent Institution

How did the 124 year-old Wyatt Benevolent Institution become more strategic in achieving sustainable social impacts?

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Moving towards engaged philanthropy: The Trust Company

How The Trust Company evolved its funding philosophy from small, ad hoc grants to ‘engaged philanthropy’ and the impact on grantees.

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