• Investing in very remote Aboriginal communities

    Parnngurr women’s ranger team carrying out maintenance work

    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 […]

  • AIME part of growing network of SVA alumni ventures

    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.

  • Meet Alex Oppes, Director, Impact Investing 

    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.

  • Choosing a cause to support: passion vs pragmatism

    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 […]

  • Backtrack Boys film set to screen nationally

    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 and lifelong learning: SVA’s 20th Thought Leadership Gathering

    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 […]

  • Resolve Program: Improving mental health outcomes by supporting and empowering people

    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 […]

  • School Lawyer Program: helping young people access justice

    Teenage school children and teacher sitting in a classroom smiling

    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.

  • Aspire Case Navigator: ‘I feel like we’re part of something big.’

    A car with the Hutt St Centre logo.

    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 […]

  • ‘I’ve never seen my kids so happy.’ How Mimi’s House is supporting Queensland families

    'If it wasn’t for Mimi’s House, we wouldn’t be where we are today.'

    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.

  • Martumili: preserving culture and knowledge through art

    “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 – […]

  • Newpin Queensland’s first centre opens in Cairns

    Above: Queensland Deputy Premier, Jackie Trad during her visit.

    We are pleased to report that Uniting Care Queensland (UCQ) opened the first Newpin centre as planned in Cairns in January, and family referrals have commenced.

  • The Uniting Newpin Social Benefit Bond is funding essential services that are putting families back together

    The most difficult moment of Ryan’s* life, was when the NSW Department of Family and Community Services came to take his children away.

  • A professional development experience for teachers like no other

    The SVA Bright Spots Schools Connection International Exploration was the most valuable professional development exercise these teachers have ever experienced.  

  • Five ways educators can create high performing teams

    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.

  • How technology is being used to share and preserve First Australian languages

    A look at the ALNF's language app

    The Australian Literacy and Numeracy Foundation is working to strengthen and preserve Indigenous languages in Australia.

  • People and purpose: what made SVA’s staff offsite a success

    2017 SVA Offsite all staff photo

    For the whole Social Ventures Australia team, the SVA offsite is a chance to reconnect with each other, and our shared purpose.

  • Six reasons to attend Sydney’s Impact Investment Summit

    Why you should head along to the Impact Investment Summit in Sydney

    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.

  • The Aspire Program: finding vulnerable people a place to call home

    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.

  • Spotlight on STEM education as students and school leaders head to Parliament House

    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.

  • Lift off on STEM skills for SVA Connection students

    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.

  • Case study: Marnin Studio’s measurement journey so far

    As we begin the second year of our partnership with Marnin Studio and reflect on the first year’s progress, one of the areas that has been slower to progress than anticipated has been the development of the Studio’s outcomes measurement framework, systems and practices.

  • Dismantle – How our Venture Philanthropy Partnership is Trialling a New Regional Delivery Model

    In April we announced Dismantle as the newest venture in the WA venture philanthropy portfolio. Since then, we have been working closely with the Dismantle team to plan, structure and coordinate what is a very exciting and innovative venture partnership.

  • How two days in Adelaide can spark a raft of ideas for school leaders

    Bringing together diverse perspectives on the topic of partnerships, the 15th Thought Leadership Gathering (TLG) gave participants a wealth of actionable insights to explore in their own contexts. Here we talk to three attendees to find out which aspects of the TLG delivered the most value for them.

  • Talking measurement at the Social Impact Festival

    Social Impact Festival 2017

    It’s an exciting few weeks for social impact in Perth with the Social Impact Festival now in full swing. SVA presented the ‘Back to Basics – Beyond Funding and Reporting’ session, one of two sessions on outcomes management that SVA is presenting at the festival.