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

Insights to grow philanthropic giving for not-for-profits

Recent research identifies key opportunities to increase philanthropic giving with implications for not-for-profit organisations.

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Scaling community programs the BackTrack way

How do you spread the impact of your program when it is rooted in your local community’s response to young people doing it tough? BackTrack has been finding out.

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How to reduce child poverty in Australia

New research from the Australian National University has SVA and Brotherhood of St Laurence (BSL) calling on the government to raise income support rates given the current levels predict dire outcomes for children and families relying on social security payments.

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Social impact bonds: a tale of three Newpins

The Newpin family reunification program has been deployed under the Social Impact Bond (SIB) mechanism in three states: one successful landing; one termination; one taking flight. SVA has been a key part of the crew on all three. So, what have we learned? +Podcast

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Vulnerability and resilience in the social sector: what we learnt through Covid-19

Supporting social purpose organisations through 2020 taught the Paul Ramsay Foundation and SVA key lessons about what leads to vulnerability or resilience in a crisis.

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Disability housing: what does good look like?

SVA has partnered with the disability sector to co-develop a common outcomes framework for disability housing that is both meaningful and practical. +Podcast

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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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