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

Paying what it takes to create impact

New research from SVA and CSI has found that not-for-profit organisations across Australia are, in general, not funded for the actual cost of what they do. The result is less effective operations and reduced impact.

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Rethinking social networks for equity, excellence and flourishing

Researchers in social network theory and educational leadership provide an analysis of how SVA’s The Connection is using networks to improve education outcomes within communities experiencing disadvantage.

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Restoring the balance of power

Exploring what is required of non-Indigenous executives who hold positions of power in First Nations organisations.

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Building a sector-wide approach to measuring impact

Financial capability foundation, Ecstra, has designed a framework to enable a common approach to measuring impact for all its grant partners with the intention of creating long-term change across the sector.

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The art of supporting grief: have we lost it?

Grief support is core business: don’t outsource it as it’s critical to effective holistic care. +Podcast

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A systems approach to food insecurity

Supply chain mapping, leveraging data and enhancing the collaboration in food relief systems are ways that local government or other key players can support everyone in the community to access the food they need.

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Restoring the balance of power

Exploring what is required of non-Indigenous executives who hold positions of power in First Nations organisations.

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Developing sustainable and high impact NFPs for Indigenous Australians

Aboriginal non-profit leader and SVA’s newest board member, Adam Davids offers insights for Indigenous not-for-profits by drawing on the experience of successful racial minority-serving institutions in the USA.

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The Uluru Statement from the Heart: what now?

Professor Megan Davis, Pro Vice-Chancellor Indigenous at the University of NSW and primary architect of the regional dialogues behind the Uluru Statement from the Heart, explains where it is up to and why it is so important. +Video

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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 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. +Podcast

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Improving outcomes for people with disability

Why the voice and participation of people with disability is a key driver in improving outcomes.

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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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Data sovereignty, community control and better outcomes

How data sovereignty can empower First Australian communities to define success on their own terms, and in doing so, improve outcomes for people.

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Aiming high – what it takes

What AIME Mentoring’s CEO, Jack Manning Bancroft can teach us about starting up a social purpose organisation and the philanthropy needed.+Video

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Summer treats: staff picks 2017

Once again SVA staff offer a plethora of treats for your holiday reflections and inspiration.

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Features of successful community leadership programs

What do successful community leadership programs look like? SVA shares insights from programs it has reviewed. +Podcast

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What makes for a collaborative philanthropic partnership?

Indigenous women’s social enterprise, Marnin Studio and SVA describe what it takes to create a collaborative philanthropic partnership. +Audio

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Sector trends: stories from the frontline part 2

In part 2, leaders reflect on how their organisations are responding to trends in evidence-based practice, innovation capabilities, place-based service design and collaboration. +Audio

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Summer treats: staff picks 2016

SVA staff share a collection of articles, podcasts, books, videos and films touching on sector topics that have inspired them as they go about their work to address disadvantage.

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Connecting Indigenous nations and financial markets

The Indigenous Investment Principles guide Indigenous nations to effectively manage their financial capital for the benefit of both current and future generations.

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Healthy country, healthy people

Analyses of five Indigenous Protected Areas across Australia demonstrate the social and cultural co-benefits of Indigenous land management initiatives. +Podcast

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Do’s and don’ts of investing in Indigenous social enterprises

Insights from the two year Indigenous Social Enterprise Fund pilot provide some lessons about supporting Indigenous social enterprises to grow. +Podcast

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Three weeks in the desert: engaging with Indigenous communities

Brendan Ferguson explores the Martu people’s deep connection to country through a Social Return on Investment analysis.

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Be better tomorrow – the AIME approach to caring for staff

In a sector dedicated to supporting others, how do we take care of the carers? For AIME supporting its staff is central to how it goes about helping to close the gap in Indigenous education.

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Innovative way to measure what matters

IBA has developed an affordable, transparent and objective system that measures social impact and is helping management make appropriate and timely decisions to improve outcomes.

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Indigenous employment: quality, not quantity

Closing the gap in Indigenous employment will require sustainable opportunities that provide meaningful careers, says Adrian Appo. Only then will the numbers follow.

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