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$2B in Vic Affordable Housing Package

Lina Caneva, Thursday, 23rd February 2017 -  Housing and homelessness organisations will be able to utilise a $1 billion Social Housing Growth Fund and access low interest loans worth a further $1.1 billion as part of the rollout of the Victorian government’s affordable housing strategy.

Australia’s Impact Investment Market Development Enters New Era

Ellie Cooper, Thursday, 23rd February 2017 -  Australia’s growing impact investment market is moving into the next wave of development.

A Foundation Born from Friendship

Wendy Williams, Thursday, 23rd February 2017 -  Friendship, love and passion can change lives, according to McGrath Foundation ambassador and director Tracy Bevan, who delivered the annual Syd Herron Oration in Queensland.

Optimism for Fundraising Future as Sector Moves to Clean Up Code of Practice

Wendy Williams, Thursday, 23rd February 2017 -  There has never been a more exciting time for fundraising, a conference has heard as the national peak body released the draft of a new code of conduct for the sector.

What You Need to Know About Finding the Right IT Partner

Staff Reporter, Thursday, 23rd February 2017 -  There’s no escaping the fact that we are now living in a fully-connected world but it is important to remember that digital transformation doesn’t have to be overwhelming. Help is at hand.

Opinion

Housing Affordability Watchlist for 2017

Andrew Cairns, Thursday, 23rd February 2017 -  When it comes to affordable housing Australia needs to triple its efforts to catch up to the growing need, writes Community Sector Banking CEO Andrew Cairns who offers his housing affordability watchlist for 2017.

Housing Futures Debate Needs Bipartisanship

Lina Caneva, Thursday, 23rd February 2017 -  National housing affordability and homelessness needs to become a bipartisan issue for all levels of government and politics, according to the CEO of Link Housing in NSW Andrew McAnulty.

How to Nail a Rebrand from the Get-Go

Staff Reporter, Wednesday, 22nd February 2017 -  Rebranding an organisation is a mammoth but worthwhile task, writes marketing and community engagement expert Marissa Brown.

Philanthropists and Corporates Called on to Help Save Threatened Species

Lina Caneva, Wednesday, 22nd February 2017 -  Businesses and philanthropists have been asked to partner with the federal government in a new approach to save Australia’s threatened species with the launch of a new prospectus.

Youth Homelessness Prevention Funding Saved

Ellie Cooper, Wednesday, 22nd February 2017 -  The federal government has extended funding for its youth homelessness prevention program, providing relief for community service organisations who feared it would shut down.

Indigenous Digital Excellence Awards

Lina Caneva, Tuesday, 21st February 2017 -  A call for nominations has gone out for Australia’s first national Indigenous Digital Excellence (IDX) Awards with a prize pool of $100,000.

New Initiative Helps NFPs Attract Impact Investment

Ellie Cooper, Tuesday, 21st February 2017 -  A new grants program will help not-for-profit organisations explore the “huge potential” of impact investment and attract investors.

Can Social Business Lead Real Change in the Social Sector?

Staff Reporter, Monday, 20th February 2017 -  Nobel Peace Prize Recipient Professor Muhammad Yunus will be visiting Australia this April for the Australasian Social Business Forum. Credited as the father of microfinance, Professor Yunus is here to encourage young innovators to meet the challenges of poverty in Australia in new ways.

Cate Blanchett Voices ‘Game Changing’ NDIS Avatar

Wendy Williams, Monday, 20th February 2017 -  Award-winning actress Cate Blanchett has lent her voice to a new project which promises to be a “game changer” for the National Disability Insurance Scheme.

Does your organisation support the wellbeing of Australian youth?

Staff Reporter, Monday, 20th February 2017 -  Since 1917 Commonwealth Bank staff have been supporting young people to thrive through their workplace giving program the Staff Community Fund. In their 100th year, they are awarding $2 million in grants of up to $10,000 each year for three years to deductible gift recipient (DGR) registered youth-focused organisations across Australia.

Analysis

Social Innovation – the Last and Next Decade

Geoff Mulgan, Monday, 20th February 2017 -  Social innovation is not a new concept or practice, but in the last decade it has taken off. Geoff Mulgan, the CEO of UK innovation foundation Nesta, outlines 10 challenges and priorities that could define whether or not social innovation becomes a recognised part of the mainstream.

Opinion

No Pathway to Release

Patrick McGee, Monday, 20th February 2017 -  The justice system doesn’t know how to respond to disability, particularly for Indigenous Australians, writes Patrick McGee who addressed the inaugural Australian Lawyers for Human Rights National Human Rights Conference in Melbourne on Friday.

Opinion

The Soft Bigotry of Low Expectations

Kelly Vincent, Monday, 20th February 2017 -  One of the biggest barriers to people with disability getting a job is the culture of low expectation, writes Kelly Vincent MLC from Dignity Party.

Changemaker

Leadership is About Who You Are, Not What You Do

Wendy Williams, Monday, 20th February 2017 -  Angie Paskevicius is the CEO of Holyoake, a leading not-for-profit organisation providing alcohol and drug counselling and support services in Western Australia. She is this week’s Changemaker.

$2M Grant for Technology Against Poverty

Wendy Williams, Friday, 17th February 2017 -  Global technology giant Google, in partnership with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, has shared a $2 million prize pool between four Australian not for profits in recognition of their use of technology against poverty.

Feds Hold Key to NDIS Report as Issue Becomes Hot Topic for WA Election

Alison Blake, Friday, 17th February 2017 -  The Western Australian government says its hands are tied on the release of a report comparing the two NDIS models trialled in Western Australia over the last three years as debate over the roll out of the WA scheme heats up in the election campaign.

Same-Sex Marriage Bill Strikes a Good Balance

Lina Caneva, Thursday, 16th February 2017 -  A consensus Parliamentary report into the federal government's same-sex marriage bill strikes a good balance between freedom of religion and freedom from discrimination, according to The Law Council of Australia.

Social Enterprise Strategy to Create Employment Opportunities for Disadvantaged

Lina Caneva, Thursday, 16th February 2017 -  The Victorian government has released what it describes as Australia’s first-ever strategy for social enterprises to strengthen the sector and create more employment opportunities for disadvantaged Victorians.

Early Career Researchers Receive $2.4M Fellowship

Wendy Williams, Thursday, 16th February 2017 -  The five “best and brightest” early career researchers in Australia have been given a multi-million dollar boost to undertake groundbreaking research.

Renters Face Insecurity, Poor Quality Housing, and Discrimination – Report

Lina Caneva, Thursday, 16th February 2017 -  Consumer group CHOICE, the National Association of Tenants’ Organisations and homeless organisation National Shelter have called on governments to prioritise rental security and quality issues, as well as affordability, as a national study revealed widespread fear and discrimination being faced by housing tenants.

Opinion

Politicians Score an Own-Goal with the NDIS

Andrew Donne, Thursday, 16th February 2017 -  Pitting welfare and families against the National Disability Insurance Scheme is just creating a humiliating hierarchy of need, writes Endeavour Foundation chief executive Andrew Donne.
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