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Our Community is Australia's Centre for Excellence for the nation's 600,000 not-for-profits & schools, providing advice, tools, resources and training.

What's Happening

  • CIC 2016: The 2016 Communities in Control Conference will be staged in Melbourne in May. The stellar line-up includes David Morrison, Holly Ransom, Waleed Aly, Magda Szubanski, Peter FitzSimons, Shellie Morris and Ian Harper. Visit: www.communitiesincontrol.com.au for more. #WeAreCIC
  • New Year, New Look for OC Matters: Our member newsletter - Our Community Matters - has returned for 2016 with a great new look. You can find the latest edition here. To sign up to become a member - and receive OC Matters direct to your inbox for free - visit www.ourcommunity.com.au/subscribe
  • Give Now: Discover thousands of amazing Australian causes needing your donation via GiveNow - www.givenow.com.au.
  • Not-for-Profit Finance & Governance Insights: The Institute of Community Directors Australia recently released its major report into Australia's $107 billion not-for-profit sector, drawn from a survey of nearly 850 senior representatives of Australian not-for-profit groups. Read the full report here: at the ICDA site.
  • We've lost a great friend in Joan Kirner, who passed away on June 1 aged 76. Joan was an inspiration to many many people, including us here at OC; we've been lucky enough to work closely with her for many years.

    The Joan Kirner Social Justice Oration has been a highlight of many Communities in Control Conferences, with Joan herself delivering an inspirational and powerful address for the 2012 Oration.

    You can read, listen to or watch the oration here: http://www.ourcommunity.com.au/joankirner.

    Joan's legacy is her message on social justice, and her 2012 Oration carries that message strongly and passionately.

  • NFP Finance Week Resources: NFP Finance Week - an initiative of Our Community and the Commonwealth Bank - saw the launch of all sorts of great resources for NFP boards and their treasurers. Find out more here.
  • Community Sector Training: Find out what's coming up here.
  • Get Donations: Sign up for online donations through GiveNow.com.au. It's free! www.givenow.com.au/listyourcause.
  • Giving Increases: Donations via GiveNow increased by almost 14% during 2014. Read more here
  • Award: Our Community has been recognised as one of the best businesses in the world for community impact as adjudged by the American organisation B Lab. Find out more Here
  • New and Improved: Have you visited our new look Australian Institute of Grants Management website yet? The site is the hub for all things grantmaking - with news, views, tools and other resources - and anchors Australia's best practice network for grantmakers.
  • Need funds? Check out our brief guide to finding grants
  • Grantmakers of the Year: Congratulations to Cynthia Scherer and Lesley Lightfoot from the Geelong-based Give Where You Live, who were named the Australian Institute of Grants Management's 2015 Grantmakers of the Year! The full story is here.
  • Legal Services for NFPs: We have joined with with Moores Legal to launch Not-for-Profit Assist - fixed-price legal services for Australian not-for-profits. Find out more
  • Getting Social! Linking up with us on Facebook or Twitter will help you stay up-to-date on what's happening at Our Community, and around the sector
  • Anything is Pozible: Meet our crowdfunding friends at Pozible
  • Damn Good Advice: Not-for-profit treasurers in need of some damn good advice may find the wisdom they seek in a free CommBank-Our Community handbook - Get yoursef a copy
  • Recognition for NFP Board Members: Get the recognition you deserve! Become a member of the Institute of Community Directors Australia . Better still - Do the diploma!
  • How can we help? Download our poster or our New Member Welcome Kit (PDF 1mb) to find out how Our Community can help your community group.
  • Where's my newsletter? View our newsletter schedule at www.ourcommunity.com.au/schedule.
  • Revolutionising Grants: SmartyGrants, Our Community's online grants management system, continues to go from strength to strength. It is Australia's most-used grantmaking system, with hundreds of grantmakers from Australia and overseas using it. Find out more here.
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