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COMMENT: Why battling homelessness is worth a gamble

Homelessness is a national problem that's rapidly compounding. A recent study found that it is up by more than 20 per cent since 2001. Yet homelessness is also one of the very few problems Australia faces that has a simple solution. If we build more social housing, homelessness will go away. All we need is money.


GENDER TRENDS: $100m donations study reveals preferences

Our research reveals big differences in the way men and women give. An analysis of $100m in donations to online platform GiveNow since 2001 by the Innovation Lab shows women give more often, but men chip in larger amounts. Read the news report, summary, and our interactive analysis now


SPOTLIGHT STUDY: A View from the Chair

Nearly all chairs enjoy their role as a board member and are planning to stay in their position, but the majority say they would benefit from more governance training. Download the report now


HR HELP: Free human resources for the community sector

Not-for-profits struggling to manage the estimated one-million-strong workforce in the huge community sector have a new place to turn to for help: Good Jobs Great HR at www.goodjobs.com.au.


COMMENT: Community Advocates must do better

In the wake of the shock Federal Election result, community organisations will have their work cut out for them. Our Community's Denis Moriarty charts a way forward for not-for-profit advocacy.


KEYNOTE: Fr Rod Bower calls for greater belonging

Outspoken Anglican priest Father Rod Bower called on Communities in Control delegates to foster a greater sense of belonging for all people in his keynote speech "All justice is social"


KEYNOTE: Accentuate the positive: Professor Lea Waters

In a very moving, personal address to Communities in Control, Professor Lea Waters shared with delegates the story of the family circumstances that eventually led her to the field of positive psychology. She called on not-for-profit sector organisations to work towards overcoming their negativity bias and focus instead on strengths.


IMPACT: Why social impact measurement is an essential skill

Impact specialist Andrew Callaghan has analysed new Australian government strategies for "commissioning for outcomes" and says grantmakers should be ready to lead when it comes to understanding impact and achieving measurable results.


HIGHLIGHTS: Why our conference will keep shaking things up

Two days after the shock federal election result, the Communities in Control conference couldn't have come at a better time for organisations fearing for the future, with its clarion call to "Get Angry. Then Get Organised."
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EVENT WRAP: Practical Impact shows NFPs to evaluate better

The recent Practical Impact Conference, brought top talent around data, evaluation and impact measurement from Australia, New Zealand and the United States to Our Community House to highlight how the social sector can measure their results better.


NFP INTELLIGENCE: How our Data Lab will help you do better

Our Community House's Data and Communications Lab - an offshoot of the Innovation Lab - has flicked the switch to better understanding by not-for-profits through better intelligence, easy-access tutorials and analysing sector data.


SPOTLIGHT STUDY: Not-for-profits missing the data train

More than one in 10 not-for-profits doesn't bother tracking its success, while one in four say they don't collect any type of data, with arts, culture, sport and recreation groups the least likely to measure their success. Download the report now


STATEMENT: Our Community welcomes ALP's charities policy

One of Australia's leading suppliers of education, tech tools and connections for the not-for-profit sector has welcomed with open arms the Australian Labor Party policy statement regarding charities in Australia.


BOARD DIRECTION: Why it's time to Communicate with Clout

In the May 2019 edition of Community Directors Intelligence we help you wrangle the media, define your brand, measure your impact and understand where not-for-profits stand in the days before the federal election.


SECTOR TRENDS: How NFPs can keep calm under pressure

With more than 30 years of experience on NFP boards and as managing director of her own company providing strategy and fundraising advice, Wendy Brooks is well placed to take the pulse of the sector. She says funding and leadership will be key factors you'll face.


INTERACTIVE: Numbers prove LGBTIQ+ funding falls short

A new report on LGBTIQ+ funding in Australia by Our Community and LGBTIQ+ collective giving group The Channel shows where the money is really flowing. | Explore our interactive now


SECTOR STUDY: Winners sum up the mood in NFP survey

We've recently finished a survey of nearly 1900 not-for-profit groups to create a snapshot of key issues affecting boards across Australia and awarded some of the best comments. If you missed the survey, it's still worth downloading the questions to assess your performance.


TRAVEL PAYMENTS: Can I claim that on tax?

Do you understanding travel expenses and your legal obligations for your not-for-profit? Now you do ...


Top tips: How to nail your media coverage

The "mayor" of Hootville aka media guru Brett de Hoedt knows a thing or two about good communications and media, as an ex-journo across print, radio and TV, now heading a firm specialising in not-for-profits issues. Brett has released a stack of free resources for community organisations and here's a taste of his expertise with five tips to win coverage.


LEGAL TIPS: How NFPs can stay ahead of the threats

Siblings Catherine and Andrew Brooks are a formidable pair of legal experts who've forged a reputation for having a compassionate understanding of not-for-profits and their challenges. Here's their view of the trends and threats facing the sector.


NEW HQ: Our Community House opens in North Melbourne

A diverse array of for-purpose organisations are planning to join Victoria's first data-focused co-working hub for the social sector, Our Community House, now open.


CONFERENCE: Communities in Control set to shake things up

Imagine this. One thousand delegates fired up by campaigners, mavericks, advocates, radicals, intellectuals and artists at the same time as Australians go to the polls. Expect fireworks. Download the program


UPDATE: What's up with the Festival of Community Directors

The 2019 Festival of Community Directors kicked-off with a bang in February, beginning a year-long celebration of learning for the not-for-profit sector. Here's what's next.


PREDICTIONS: Brace for impact of elections, quotas, inquiries

Community Hubs chief Sonja Hood has these predictions for the big issues likely to face not-for-profits.


REGULATIONS: How whistleblowing law shake-up affects you

Blowing the whistle on trouble could be the best thing you ever do for your organisation. Find out why.


FUNDING EXPERIMENTS: Five grants trends to watch

From "micro-focus" grants to "f**k-up nights", here are our top predictions for grants trends we've begun to see emerging this year.


BUZZWORDS: Jargon you'll be hearing more of in 2019

Dr Lucy Bernholz presents a primer on the jargon you'll be hearing in the news, at conferences, and around meeting tables in 2019. Some are ephemeral, some are meaningful. Get your bingo cards ready.


ACNC PLANS: Gary Johns on what you can expect this year

ACNC Commissioner Gary Johns spells out his agenda and priorities for the sector including governance, the new ACNC IT system, resources, data and the benefits of having your own website.


CHILD SAFETY: Passion project aims to keep kids safe

A tech consultant who was sexually abused as a schoolboy says his latest invention is a "passion project" aimed at making sure other children don't suffer what he did. Learn about the project here.


POLICY: What to expect (at work) when you're expecting

Pregnant women have the right to nap at work when they need to, under a new pregnancy and parenting policy implemented at Our Community last month. We spoke to executive director Kathy Richardson about how the new policy was developed, and how it might be adopted by other workplaces.


ACNC: Commission seeks new measures for not-for-profit health

The ACNC is looking for new ways to measure success in the sector, but not everyone is happy.


TOP ISSUES: Legal eagle's birds-eye view of the sector

Lawyer Rebecca Lambert-Smith has a keen eye on the regulatory environment and takes a holistic look at how things could pan out for the not-for-profit sector in the near future.


INSPIRATION: Find focus with the Festival of Community Directors

Australia's first-ever year-long celebration of community governance, the 2019 Festival of Community Directors, is jam-packed with inspirational, informative and celebratory events. Download the program.


DONATIONS: Understanding the power of suggestion

Our Community researchers have proven how important it is for fundraisers to tailor their suggested donation amounts according to the profile of their particular supporters. Plus download the report


LEGAL: New accounting rules for not-for-profits

Not-for-profits will need to revise their approach to assessing income following the introduction of new accounting standards. The changes affect assets and volunteer services received by organisations for much less than "fair value". Find out more.


PAT'S TIPS: Seeing the big picture crucial to your survival

ICDA's executive director and head of training, Patrick Moriarty, has seen the best and worst of not-for-profit governance. Here are his thoughts on the challenges facing the sector this year. Plus: Watch his video now.


#GivingTuesday: Aussie, NZ giving campaign goes global

Australia's first giving platform GiveNow has been appointed as a regional leader for the global #GivingTuesday movement, just days before the fundraising service hits a $100-million milestone.


AGONY UNCLE: Paws for thought before blowing the whistle

Our Community's Agony Uncle, Christ Borthwick, deals advice on what to do when receiving gifts from charities.


BRONTOSAURUSES VS BUTTERFLIES: Finance royal commission

Our Community's Thinker-in-Residence dives into the recent Royal Commission into Misconduct in the Banking, Superannuation and Financial Services Industry and explains how will affect the community sector.


FUTURE 500: High hopes for scholarship winners

The first of our Future 500 Governance Leadership Scholarship winners have been announced. All the applicants showed great commitment to their causes, all of them driven by a passion for a purpose beyond profit.


MEET THE TRAINER: How Lisa's ear for harmony is helping NFPs

We spoke with Our Community's latest addition to the training team, Lisa Jennings, about her involvement in the community sector, her passion for music, and what she loves about being in the classroom with community directors.


DIRECTORS: Good governance again in the spotlight in 2019

Former ACNC commissioner Susan Pascoe, now chair of the Community Directors Council, is well versed in the challenges and opportunities facing the community sector. She looks at what lies ahead for NFPs in 2019, and predicts a renewed focus on governance.


DIPLOMA WINNERS: Future leaders scoop up scholarships

A new generation of Australian not-for-profit leaders are on the cusp of gaining fresh skills, networks and credentials after winning a place in the first round of the Future 500 Leaders scholarships.


OPINION: Stop blaming politicians, start getting active

If the existing structures aren't working for you, then it's up to people to join a movement, or start something themselves, writes Our Community's Denis Moriarty.


RESEARCH: Study seeks to arrest fall in grassroots leaders

South Australian research has put a microscope onto the leadership of "grassroots associations" to find out what can be done to arrest the decline and to maintain vital organisations that provide critical social connections. Find out more.


GRANTWRITING: Don't hate me, I'm a grantwriter

The founder and director of Grant Professionals, Robert Palaricciotti, spoke to Grants Management Intelligence about how grantwriters are helping to improve the grantmaking industry.


ALAN SCHWARTZ: Introducing the Universal Commons

Leading Australian philanthropist Alan Schwartz is tackling one of the hardest challenges the planet faces: to put a true value on the social and natural capital of the world, including health, literacy, trust, clean water and biodiversity. Here's how.


CULTURE SHOCK: Why Aussie game is just not cricket

The explosive review that picked over the toxic culture linked to Australian cricket's shameful ball tampering affair has laid bare the risks for leaders who think, "It can't happen to us".


MEASURE THIS: Funders the key to evidence-based practice

Our Community's chaos controller Kathy Richardson examines a future where there are proper incentives for using evidence, and where the dollars follow.


GARY BANKS (AO): What happened to evidence-based policy?

The past decade has seen a major decline in the use of evidence-based policy, and Prof Banks delves into why with reference to Humpty Dumpty, JFK and 'The Castle'.


RADIO WAVES: Tune in to the power of community

If anyone doubted the power of community to connect us, keep us healthier, and battle disadvantage, they'd need look no further than community radio.


ANALYSE THIS: Free tech tool for NFPs released

Not-for-profit directors wanting to know more about the performance of their organisations should be aware of a new free workplace analytics tool.


REACHING OUT: How to use your 'social connectors'

An Australian study into the role of these special individuals has described the incredible resource and potential they represent, particularly when it comes to engaging with people in the community whom services find the hardest to reach.


CHILD SAFETY: Action must follow national apology

While the apology was an important moment in Australian history, it will be the actions to safeguard children from abuse that matters most, writes Moores principal Skye Rose


#GIVINGTUESDAY: A wave of giving starts right here, right now

Community groups in this part of the world had the chance to be the first to get on board a growing global giving trend dubbed #GivingTuesday. | Social media campaign is just gut instinct


WHAT'S NEXT? The future of grantmaking

Our Community's "chaos controller" explains how the Australian Institute of Grants Management (AIGM) and its sister enterprise The Innovation Lab are helping drive grants innovations such as automated shortlisting, AI-driven classification, smart maps and an outcomes engine.

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