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What makes for a collaborative philanthropic partnership?

Indigenous women’s social enterprise, Marnin Studio and SVA describe what it takes from both ‘venture’ and ‘funder’ to create a collaborative philanthropic partnership – one that is driving mutual objectives and generating shared learnings.

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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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Three weeks in the desert: engaging with Indigenous communities

Brendan Ferguson explores the Martu people’s deep connection to country through a Social Return on Investment analysis.

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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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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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Sector trends: stories from the frontline part 2

In part 2, leaders reflect on how their organisations are responding to trends in evidence-based practice, innovation capabilities, place-based service design and collaboration. + 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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Process efficiencies help non-profits achieve more impact

Case studies show social purpose organisations are reaping the benefits of improved process efficiencies. Find out how. + Podcast

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Kickstarting an innovation strategy

Four organisations in the disability sector share how and why they responded to sector changes by launching an innovation strategy. + Podcast

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Arriving at a career on purpose

New directors in SVA’s consulting team, Susie King and Malcolm Garrow give fresh perspectives on the social sector and share what’s brought them to a career in this sector.

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The importance of defining your endgame

A case study of South Port UnitingCare’s BOLT program shows why organisations should be asking what their endgame is, rather than how to scale.

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Managing to outcomes: what, why and how?

What does ‘managing to outcomes’ mean and why are small and large organisations alike embarking on this journey?

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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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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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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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The journey of creating shared value

Explore the roles of non-profit organisations and government in optimising the impact of shared value.

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Lining up community and business goals

Adam Check, Head of Community at the NRL, talks about the NRL’s community engagement strategy, practicing what you preach, and how this can contribute to the Game’s bottom line.

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Thinking clearly about challenging problems

Deconstructing a complex problem using issue trees can infuse a new sense of clarity and lead to efficient solutions.

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Vision, mission or just wishin’

Graham Long, CEO of The Wayside Chapel, talks about how he puts Wayside’s mission into practice and what he has learnt along the way.

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A framework for making difficult decisions

A prioritisation matrix can help you look at options in different ways – even with limited information.

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Making your mission matter

We talk a lot about ‘mission’ in the for-purpose sector. But what is a mission, and how do organisations think about and use their mission? Three CEOs share their experience.

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A pathway to strategic change

Community services provider JewishCare demonstrates the power of strategic planning to respond to both internal and external catalysts for change.

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Embedding continuous improvement

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

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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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Brave leaders hold and measure clear goals

New Philanthropy Capital’s Tris Lumley would die happy if every non-profit organisation set clear goals, measured them, held to them and stopped making excuses.

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Stop proving; start improving!

A challenging case for refocusing measurement and evaluation around simple measures that drive improvement rather than time-consuming academic studies that provide ‘proof’.

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If focus is so good for non-profits, why do so few do it

Is your organisation focused? And if not, what’s getting in the way? Discover the three common obstacles to focus – and how to overcome them.

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Avoiding strategy ping pong: The board’s role in strategy development

Avoid strategy development feeling like a game of table tennis between board and management by getting clear on roles upfront and know when and how they might need to change.

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Seeing eye to eye with stakeholders

Find out how CERA involved key partners and stakeholders in developing its strategy resulting in stronger relationships, clarity on roles and a better plan.

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Shared planning: Letting staff determine your direction

Having no fixed idea on the future direction of Alzheimer’s Australia NSW, The Hon. John Watkins engaged stakeholders to develop a strategy that reflected their combined views.

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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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Finding the golden thread: A new approach to articulating program logic

The Golden Thread methodology is an effective way to articulate program logic statements – the indispensable tools for describing how our activities lead to the impact we seek.

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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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To consult or to insult?

Are you consulting with staff for the right reasons and in the best way? This article explains why, and at which stages, it is important to consult as you develop your strategic plan.

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