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Sharing insights from SVA’s work and across the social sector to prompt learning and discussion about effective practice.

Scenario planning for times of great uncertainty

Using scenario planning is a valuable way to understand the potential impacts on demand when many uncertainties are at play – as demonstrated in this example in the Victorian child and family services sector during Covid-19.

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Paradigm shift needed to address joblessness beyond Covid-19

With joblessness rising fast, responsibility falls with the Federal Government to become the primary job creator and ensure an inclusive recovery.

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A guide to social impact measurement

Get on top of your social impact measurement and evaluation projects with this accessible guide to existing SVA Quarterly articles.

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Why economic recovery relies on charities as a strong industry

Charities play a critical role in supporting and strengthening people and communities in Australia, but they also have a crucial role to play in Australia’s economy and its recovery from the impact of Covid-19.

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A step towards First Nations justice in child protection

A Koori-designed program in the Children’s Court of Victoria is providing a more effective and just response for Koori families.

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Action needed to avoid loss of crucial charity services and jobs

SVA analysis shows that action is needed to ensure a thriving charities sector which can support Australia through this pandemic crisis as well as the ensuing economic recovery – to build back towards an Australia where all people and communities thrive.

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Sharing our learning to maximise impact

Executive Director’s note from Issue 1, August 2012 on Strategic and impactful philanthropy.

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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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All on board: The people dimension of non-profit governance

How can a board ensure it has the right people working together in the right way to meet its responsibilities most effectively?

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

Articulate program logic statements – the indispensable tools for describing how our activities lead to the impact we seek – with the effective Golden Thread methodology.

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Social Return on Investment: Accounting for value

How can Social Return on Investment (SROI) help you evaluate your performance or that of organisations you wish to fund?

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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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