The team behind Western Australia’s very first cat cafe hopes to offer a special blend of animal welfare and human happiness, writes Wendy Williams in this week’s Spotlight on Social Enterprise.
“We rescue cats and we make people happy,” says Christopher Mewburn summing up his social enterprise in one sentence.
Mewburn is the director and co founder of The Cat Cafe in “Puurth”, the first cat cafe in Western Australia, which is home to 12 furry “permanent residents” who were rescued from partner organisation Cat Haven.…
New research commissioned by Sustainability Victoria shows that over 90 per cent of Victorians want government, business and industry to be involved in environmental projects and to tackle climate change.
Sustainability Victoria chief executive, Stan Krpan says the Premier’s Sustainability Awards provide a channel for passionate individuals, communities and businesses to share their great work with all Victorians.
“One of the great ways that sustainable Victorians in the not-for-profit sector can demonstrate their commitment is by entering the annual Premier’s Sustainability Awards,” he said.
Angela Stackelbeck from Touchpoint Legal unpacks the five key legal steps that should be in place before remunerating not-for-profit directors.
Many people question whether non-executive directors sitting on a not-for-profit or charitable board should be remunerated. But before any decision on remuneration is made there are a few legal steps that ought to be in place.
The second annual post-budget not-for-profit breakfast hosted by UCA Funds Management and event partners produced a combination of insightful comments and more reflective analysis on the health of Australia’s social sector, writes Penny Mulvey, Director, Communications and Media Services at UCA.
Created for leaders of Australia’s charitable organisations, four panellists addressed the 140-plus breakfasters at the fog-enclosed Kooyong Tennis Club on Tuesday, focusing on issues of particular concern to the not-for-profit sector in the wake of both the Victorian and federal budgets.
With all the work that goes into getting new recruits on board, through the door, and starting in a role, many organisations can fail to dedicate the right amount of time to also ensuring they retain their best, existing talent, according to reference checking, HR and technology experts Xref.
The consequence of this is the very real risk that dedicated staff are lost to a competitor, because HR efforts were spent looking for the next best thing. While introducing new skills and faces to a team …
“You are only limited by your imagination,” says Dr Mazher Mohammed, a research fellow at Deakin University’s School of Engineering, who is heading up a team working to use 3D printing to solve some of the developing world’s biggest problems.
The team is currently developing a world-first technology prototype capable of printing plumbing and sanitation supplies using discarded plastics, and thereby solving the dual problems of plastic rubbish and a lack of access to clean water supply.
The initiative, known as 3D Wash or Eco Printing, …