Celebration. Collaboration. Connection. A celebration of achievement, reflection on impact and provocation to build leadership for future action – those were the orders of day at the last Thought Leadership Gathering of 2019. The SVA Bright Spots Schools Connection’s (The Connection) 25th Thought Leadership Gathering (TLG) held in late November assembled 117 educators for two days of celebration of their accomplishments in the program. ‘A community is a group of people who commit to grow together – and that’s […]
‘We ask you all as real people, to take a step back. As real people, to humble yourselves no matter how successful, respected or influential you are, or you think you are, in the Western World. Because out here, Western success doesn’t mean anything, and is not powerful, unless, we all use our strengths and […]
Kellie Checkley is the Head of Sticking Together Project at SYC. She joined SYC to take on this role after 12 years as the CEO at a not-for-profit organisation supporting young people in southern Sydney. SVA caught up with Kellie, to hear more about her passion for the Sticking Together Project.
Nathan Sowell joined Social Ventures Australia out of a desire to make an impact. Since joining SVA in early 2017 as a manager in the Impact Investing team, Nathan has worked on the launch and ongoing management of the SVA Diversified Impact Fund.
Social Ventures Australia (SVA) recently completed a cost-benefit analysis (CBA) that considers various scenarios associated with investment, or lack of investment, in very remote Aboriginal communities. SVA was commissioned to undertake the work by the Martu organisation, Kanyirninpa Jukurrpa (KJ), and seven other partner organisations working with Martu people in the East Pilbara. What was […]
The Australian Indigenous Mentoring Experience has become the eighth organisation to graduate from Social Ventures Australia’s venture portfolio, having achieved the sustainability and impact to continue to thrive without hands on support from SVA.
A desire to do more than just help somebody make a profit is what drives Alex Oppes. A director in the Impact Investing team, Oppes has been at Social Ventures Australia (SVA) for almost five years.
Beyond my work at SVA, I’m passionate about charities and the charity sector. As part of that, last month I spoke at the Sydney Opera House Antidote Festival on “practical donations”. It’s an interesting problem, and delving into it led me to re-examine a lot of my assumptions about giving. Fundamentally, why do we donate […]
On October 25 a film we’re all incredibly excited about and proud of at SVA: Catherine Scott’s award-winning documentary “Backtrack Boys” launches nationally. It’s the true story of BackTrack, a unique youth-centred program helping kids doing it tough. BackTrack and the program’s inspirational work is well known here at SVA, becoming a venture partner in […]
Innovation. Disruption. Lifelong Learning. These three themes were proclaimed proudly by guest speaker and Educational Technologist, Kieran Nolan, as part of his Provocation address at SVA’s recent Thought Leadership Gathering in Adelaide. The highly topical focus was: “STEM & Innovation – Deepening knowledge, sparking engagement and connecting learning.” Over three busy and technology-filled days in […]
Above: Flourish Australia Peer Worker Tim Morandi (2nd from the right) with his Flourish colleagues. Nine months in, Resolve Program participants are being supported, empowered, and importantly, spending more time in the community rather than in hospital. Resolve Program participants say it’s making a significant impact on their lives, according to a Resolve Peer Worker […]
I recently had the pleasure of working with WEstjustice to document the School Lawyer Program and develop a practical how-to guide for other organisations interested.
For the past five years, Tim Best, an Aspire Program Case Navigator at Adelaide’s Hutt Street Centre, has been helping people experiencing homelessness. Best joined the Aspire Program when the Aspire SIB launched last year, and says it’s the first opportunity he’s had to take a long-term approach with people who have a history of […]
Wayne and Natasha Patel are proud parents of five children. After spending more than a year homeless as a family, they moved to Queensland’s Moreton Bay region about eight years ago. It was here where they were introduced to Mimi’s House.
“For Martu people who live in this land, it’s the songline and the land around this area, it’s so special to them. We connect with the land – it’s our dreaming, our spirits, our culture. It’s my life. It’s all Martu people’s ancestors, our great grandmother’s and grandfather’s. What the old people told me – […]
The SVA Bright Spots Schools Connection International Exploration was the most valuable professional development exercise these teachers have ever experienced.
Last month’s SVA Bright Spots Schools Connection Thought Leadership Gathering (TLG) saw an impressive group of successful and emerging leaders from schools across Victoria come together to reflect on their role in creating high performing teams.
For the whole Social Ventures Australia team, the SVA offsite is a chance to reconnect with each other, and our shared purpose.
It’s an exciting time to be involved in impact investing in Australia. Here’s why you should join industry leaders at this year’s Impact Investment Summit in Sydney.
In August this year, John stood in front of his new home in Adelaide, overwhelmed. John had a long history of homelessness. The 49-year-old had been bouncing between temporary accommodation, sleeping on the street, and in cars. He had finally found a home.
Logan Skilling and Brianna Dewar, year 10 students from Wirreanda Secondary School in South Australia, were among the 53 students who took part in the 16th Thought Leadership Gathering in Canberra. Here they share their reflections on their experience.
Launching science experiments into space is just one of the exciting possibilities the SVA Bright Spots Schools Connection is opening up for primary school students from disadvantaged communities. SVA Project Officer, Education, Susannah Schoeffel explains.