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

Navigating change in the public and social sectors

Public and social sector leaders discuss navigating transformation and disruption – from a session at IPAA Victoria’s Public Sector Week 2019.

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Mergers and acquisitions: four things for boards to keep top of mind

How to get real about the questions not-for-profit board members need to ask when a merger or acquisition comes up.

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The cost of dying

How do you address the costly business of funerals for those that can’t afford them? SVA and a host of unlikely partners might just have nailed it with an initiative tackling both funeral costs and the way people save.

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‘Bulletproof problem solving’: could it work in the social sector?

SVA CEO, Suzie Riddell talks to Rob McLean, Director Emeritus of McKinsey and Company, about problem solving and how the seven step process from his co-authored book can be applied to complex social issues. +Podcast

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How can evaluation better recognise Indigenous self-determination?

The right of Indigenous peoples to self-determination has significant implications for evaluating policies and programs that affect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples. +Audio

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How ‘help seekers’ are informing Lifeline’s digital service innovation

The story of how Lifeline Australia brought the beneficiaries’ voice and experience into developing a text-based, crisis support service.

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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

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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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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