It was one of those days which is difficult to translate into words: a day immersed in Maori culture, and the culture of an organisation defining what it means to be Maori in 2015 in urban Auckland. It was a day that filled me with immense pride for what Waipareira is doing, and for how we have helped them to build an organisation and team that can support and strengthen that journey.
Looking at the top 10 SVA Quarterly articles of all time – well, since we launched in August 2012 — what strikes me are the various themes they reflect.
I had the great privilege in November of being a delegate to the most recent convening of the Global Education Leaders Partnership (GELP), held in Auckland, New Zealand.
SVA was delighted to work with the Sir David Martin Foundation and Mission Australia on a Social Return on Investment analysis (SROI) of Triple Care Farm.
SVA started because non-profit sector leaders saw the need for an organisation that was light on its feet to respond to the fast changing social environment.
For collaborations to be successful, organisations need to leave their logos and egos at the door and get ready for a bumpy but rewarding ride.
At the latest SVA Quarterly and Macquarie Group Foundation discussion, Adam Check from the NRL and Shannon Donato from the South Sydney Rabbitohs share how working with SVA on social impact measurement and strategy development helped them to be clearer about where their organisation was heading and why.
Each quarter, leaders from The Connection schools come together to share insights, challenge thinking, and create shared understanding of successful approaches to leading schools.
Each lecture at Harvard would usually start with Question Zero. Or, put simply: “What is it we are really trying to do here?”
At SVA, we have the privilege of working with outstanding school leaders in The Connection. These leaders recently convened to discuss “Leadership, and the opportunity of measurement, evaluation and impact”.
SVA Consulting worked with the NRL to develop a three year strategy for its community portfolio.
Day two of the Social Enterprise World Forum in Milan saw the impact investing conversations ramp up a gear, giving leading impact investors the opportunity to share detailed (and sometimes difficult) experiences; and to learn from each other.
The Social Enterprise World Forum kicked off in Milan this week with 800 delegates from 43 countries, ranging from Taiwan to Ghana, Scotland to Australia.
National Reconciliation Week is celebrated across Australia each year between 27 May and 3 June. The start and end dates commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey—the anniversaries of the successful 1967 referendum, and the High Court Mabo decision.
John Di Natale, managing director and founder of Big Think Business Booster, believes the key to success is in the power of setting goals. He says, “Setting goals gives you focus and commits you to a path”.
Last week we saw Western Australia’s AA+ credit rating downgraded from stable to negative. The requisite “belt tightening” is underway, and sadly, community based preventative services are often the first to go. The cut to financial counselling services, at a time when more and more households are finding themselves in financial difficulties, is just one example.
The extent of the social housing challenge in New South Wales is hard to overstate, with over 59,000 people on the waiting list, current stock unsuitable for many applicants, a maintenance bill of around $350m and rising property prices – city living is becoming less and less affordable.
SVA hosted a small, private session with Mark Kramer, co-author of the Harvard Business Review (HBR) article ‘Creating Shared Value’.
In 2015, providers who have secured 2015-2020 employment services contracts will have to hit the ground running on new employer engagement obligations and, promisingly, many have committed to using demand-led strategies. Here are some of the lessons that the IEI team has learned to date.
When I first started at SVA nearly a year ago, I was particularly impressed by SVA’s dedication to building the evidence base in the social sector, so that policy and practice can be built on what works.
Key events throughout February have signalled a growing shift towards impact investment opportunities across a number of Australian jurisdictions.
One of the wonderful things about working at SVA is the network of people from around the world we have the pleasure of meeting and working with. A recent visit from Andrew Muirhead, who leads the Asian Venture Philanthropy Network (AVPN), was a case in point.
On the occasion of Australia Day, SVA staff share what Australia means to them.
Towards the end of last year I attended a key note address by Alexandra Peterson Cart, the co-founder of Madeira Global, a New York based impact investing firm.