About Us  |  Shop  | 

Community Resources - for Community GroupsInstitute of Community Directors AustraliaGive Now - for IndividualsJoin In Join Up - for IndividualsCorporate Responsibility - for BusinessGrants Management - for Government

Books on Offer

Choose from a great range of practical books that have been released to assist community organisations and schools/pre-schools.

Grants & Fundraising - for Community Groups

Grants & Fundraising - for Schools

Governance (Boards/Committees) & Management

Marketing & Media

Other Great Books


Fire Up Your Fundraising Events: How to Make More Money While Having Fun

This book is designed to guide you through the process of running a special event, step by step. Drawing on the experience of professional event planners, teachers, parents and community fundraising experts, we've pulled together all the tools you'll need to pull off fantastic event.

For extended
contents and picture of book CLICK HERE

Get on a Board (Even better - Become the Chair) - Advancing Diversity & Women in Australia

Get on a Board is designed to inspire and empower more women to take the leap into the board arena. There are many insights for men as well, as well as for boards wanting to make their structures more welcoming to women.

For extended
contents and picture of book CLICK HERE

More than Money: How to get money, resources and skills from Australian businesses

This book will help step you through the process of scoping possible partnership targets, approaching a business, working with them, evaluating the results of your partnership and - finally - winding up or reinventing your partnership. It's not an easy journey, but a very worthwhile one.

For extended
contents and picture of book CLICK HERE

Great Fetes: Fundraising and fun - without the fuss

This book is designed to help you run a successful fete with a minimum of fuss. Drawing on the experience of teachers, parents and fundraising experts, we've pulled together all of the tips and tools you'll need to pull off a fantastic event, including a fantastic set of templates on an included CD-ROM.

For extended
contents and picture of book CLICK HERE

How to Manage your Grant After Winning It!

Whoopee! Your grant application has been successful! The project's funded and you can sit back and relax, right?

Well, not quite. Now the real work begins. You now have to learn how to manage, review and acquit your grant (not to mention run the project).

This guide is designed to take you beyond the adrenalin of finding out that you've won the grant and help walk you through the process that you'll need to undertake from here on in.

The guide includes a bonus CD including all of the templates you will need to successfully manage your grant.

For extended
contents and picture of book CLICK HERE

How to Stand Out from the Crowd - The Complete Marketing & Media Handbook for Community Organisations

Are you serious about attracting new members, volunteers, supporters or raising more funding for your community group?

Discover the importance of strategic marketing and brand development as well as how to effectively action daily marketing activities such as direct marketing, working with the media and using technology effectively to achieve organisational strategic goals.

Learn about database management, writing media releases and using email to spread the word about your organisation.

For extended
contents and picture of book CLICK HERE

The Board Doctor - Expert Diagnosis for Board & Committee Ills

If you're on a board or committee there will be times when you need advice from somebody who has experience in dealing with the wide range of issues that may arise. The Board Doctor provides tips, ideas and solutions from a range of experts.
For extended
contents and picture of book CLICK HERE

Simple secrets of successful community groups VOLUME 1: over 400 tips on running a successful community group.

Looking for the simple secrets to make your community organisation more effective and efficient? This book contains well over 400 separate tips and handy hints to assist community groups in the 21st century. The common-sense tips are contained in 50 practical columns and cover topics such as expanding funding and revenue streams, value-adding to maximise your special events, attracting, motivating and keeping volunteers, dealing with the media and marketing your organisation and establishing an effective corporate memory. It is an excellent resource for groups of all sizes.
For extended
contents and picture of book CLICK HERE

Simple secrets of successful community groups VOLUME 2: another 400 tips on running a successful community group.

Looking for more simple secrets to make your community organisation more effective and efficient? This book contains well over 400 additional tips and handy hints to assist community groups in the 21st century. The common-sense tips are contained in 50 practical columns and cover topics such as keeping the volunteer army happy, finding the perfect venue for your event, communicating a clear message, going in search of in-kind support for your group and much more.
For extended
contents and picture of book CLICK HERE

Complete Schools Fundraising Handbook - How to make the most money ever for your school, pre-school or kindergarten

The Complete Schools Fundraising Handbook takes readers through the Six Pillars of Raising Funds - donations; grants; community-business partnerships; alumni; special events; and earned income - showing how each and every one of them can be used to bring in valuable funds.
For extended
contents and picture of book CLICK HERE

Making Meetings Work - Conquering the challenges and getting great results

If the Board can be considered the mind of a community group, the meetings are the heart. This is where all major decisions are made and the Board comes together as a group to steer the organisation towards its mission.

Making Meetings Work is your guide to overcoming the challenges and complexities that arise in meetings and make them more effective and productive.

For extended
contents and picture of book CLICK HERE

Complete Community Fundraising Handbook: How to make the most money ever for your community organisation

The Complete Community Fundraising Handbook offers advice aimed at improving your community organisation's fundraising efforts and will allow you to take control of your fundraising activities. Learn practical strategies, tools and next steps to gain more money for your community organisation.
For extended
contents and picture of book CLICK HERE

Effective Letters: 50 of the Best Model Letters to Help Community Organisations Fundraise, Connect, Lobby, Organise & Influence

Letter writing is an important instrument for a community organisation to have in its toolbox. With this book, that tool becomes sharper and multifaceted. Effective Letters provides 50 templates and a multitude of ideas that will assist you to improve your letter writing skills, marketing, and data storage and use. It provides tips on personalising your correspondence, increasing its impact and effectiveness. This is a 'must have' resource for any community group.
For extended
contents and picture of book CLICK HERE

Finding the Best People - The essential steps to recruiting a great Chief Executive / Coordinator for your community group

What happens when your CEO or coordinator leaves? How do you go about finding a new one and - more importantly - one that is suited to your organisation? This book details in practical terms how you can ensure you find the best possible person for your organisation. From determining the type of leader you want through to advertising, interviewing and evaluating your candidates and appointing your CEO, this resource will help you through what is often the most difficult and stressful time for community organisations.
For extended
contents and picture of book CLICK HERE

Surviving and Thriving as a Safe Effective Board Member - The essential facts you need to know before, during and after joining a community Board

What should you do when someone asks you to join the Board of a not-for-profit group? And what do you have to be aware of when you do actually say yes. Find out what your legal responsibilities are and what compliance, governance and performance actually means for the not-for-profit Director. This guide takes you through the questions you should ask before you join, your responsibilities while on the Board and the action you should take when you decide it's time to leave the Board. This no-nonsense guide also features the insights and tips of some of Australia's most experienced and knowledgeable community Board members.
For extended
contents and picture of book CLICK HERE

The Minutes Handbook: A Complete Guide for Not-for-profit Boards

If the Board can be considered the mind of a community group, the meetings are the heart. This is where all major decisions are made and the Board comes together as a group to steer the organisation towards its mission. When it comes to recording these meetings though, what's what? What must be recorded and how? Who should manage the minutes and how should they go about it? The Minutes Handbook will guide you from minutes-madness to a better way of minuting in no time at all.
For extended
contents and picture of book CLICK HERE

Winning Grants Funding in Australia - The Step by Step Guide

This practical, step-by-step guide will take you through the grant seeking process assisting you to prepare and research a winning funding application.

Winning Grants Funding in Australia - The Step by Step Guide looks at:

  • Introduction to grantseeking in Australia
  • What funding bodies want and need from community groups
  • Finding a relevant grant for your group
  • Writing a successful proposal
  • Managing the relationship with the funding body
For extended
contents and picture of book CLICK HERE

How To: Find Money Fast - 50 Ways to Raise up to $5000

Choose from the top 50 ways to raise up to $5000 quickly!

A guide to help schools, community and non-profit groups come up with innovative ideas to raise money in an increasingly tough market.

Includes plenty of tips and advice to boost your current fundraising initiatives as well as a chapter devoted to helping groups establish a balanced and integrated fundraising strategy and a valuable 101-point special events checklist.

The ideas in this Guide will take the time and worry out of fundraising!

For extended
contents and picture of book CLICK HERE

Going Green - Reducing the Environmental Impact of your Mail

Choose from the top 50 ways to raise up to $5000 quickly!

A guide to help schools, community and non-profit groups come up with innovative ideas to raise money in an increasingly tough market.

Includes plenty of tips and advice to boost your current fundraising initiatives as well as a chapter devoted to helping groups establish a balanced and integrated fundraising strategy and a valuable 101-point special events checklist.

The ideas in this Guide will take the time and worry out of fundraising!

For extended
contents and picture of book CLICK HERE

Measuring What Matters - An introduction to project evaluation for not-for-profits

If something is worth doing, it's worth evaluating. You have to make sense of it all - enough, at least, to decide what to do next. To make good decisions you have to gather the data, and group it, and analyse it, and impose value on it. What are you doing right? Where could you do better? Of the things you could do better, which is more important?

A top-notch project evaluation is not an end in its own right. Ultimately, what makes project evaluation worthwhile is making a difference in people's lives.

For extended
contents and picture of book CLICK HERE

Whistleblowing for Not-for-profits: A leader's guide

Whistleblowing plays a crucial role in managing risk and cultivating an ethical culture in your not-for-profit organisation. It is an essential and effective tool in your good governance toolkit.

Organisations can maximise the benefits of disclosures by whistleblowers by maintaining a whistleblowing program built on robust policies and procedures. These require consistent processes, documentation, training and regular reviews.

This publication demonstrates how your organisation can establish and maintain such a program. It explores whistleblowing laws, proactive leadership, organisational culture, policies, procedures, reporting pathways, communication and training.

It includes templates for the cornerstones of your whistleblowing program: a policy template and a procedures template. It also includes a checklist to enable you to assess the health of your whistleblowing program.

For extended
contents and picture of book CLICK HERE

Advancing Women: Women and the Order of Australia

Together, Our Community and Women's Leadership Institute Australia are working to challenge and change women's role in society by pushing for systems changes and helping to empower women at all levels to take their place in all parts of Australian society.

We want to help open the doors to areas previously off-limits, while also ensuring that those areas in which women have traditionally worked are accorded appropriate value.

There is an increasingly obvious problem in the distribution of awards in Australia. Fewer women - many fewer women - than men are nominated, and that means fewer women than men get the awards.

Each and every one of us most probably knows at least one person who would qualify for an Australian honour. We - and the organisations we're associated with - owe it to them, and to the community at large, to put their names forward.

For extended
contents and picture of book CLICK HERE

Our Community Pty Ltd   www.ourcommunity.com.au   ABN 24 094 608 705
National Headquarters: 51 Stanley St, West Melbourne Victoria 3003 Australia
(PO Box 354 North Melbourne 3051 Victoria)
Telephone (03) 9320 6800   Email service@ourcommunity.com.au