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The 5 Trademarks of Agile Organizations

The 5 Trademarks of Agile Organizations

By Business, Workplace

“An agile organization (designed for both stability and dynamism) is a network of teams within a people-centered culture that operates in rapid learning and fast decision cycles which are enabled by technology, and that is guided by a powerful common purpose to co-create value for all stakeholders.” – McKinsey & Company

Learn how successful agile operating systems can efficiently organise people and resources while adapting to complex landscapes and competition.

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Announcing the winners of our inaugural ASF and NPA not-for-profit leadership scholarships.

By Other

2018 will bring opportunity for three non-profit leaders to benefit from this unique social sector leadership program

 The NonProfit Alliance (NPA) and the Australian Scholarships Foundation (ASF) have announced the recipients of their 2018 Leadership Hub Scholarships at their final Keynote Speaker series for 2017. The 2018 recipients are:

  • Mr Shane Nichols, CEO at Good Return
  • Ms Elizabeth Svoboda, Executive Manager & Company Secretary – NSW Police Legacy
  • Mr Jason Juretic, CEO at Sydney Stepping Stone

The Leadership Hub is the brainchild of NPA co-founders, Carmel Molloy and Kelly Beaumont, who have each held CEO and Executive roles in the sector and between them have more than 35 years’ experience working with local and international not-for-profit organisations, including World Society for the Protection of Animals, UN Refugee Agency UNHCR, Camp Quality, Redkite and Kids Help Line.

ASF is the only Australian organisation solely focused on funding and facilitating scholarships for Australian not-for-profit directors and staff to undertake education, training and mentoring programs that improve their ability to lead and manage their organisations.

Molloy says, “These scholarships support the ASF initiative to enhance the management and accountability of not-for-profit organisations and we are delighted to collaborate with ASF to offer this opportunity to some of the amazing social sector leaders based here in NSW.

Research shows that one of the most successful ways leaders can improve their performance is by sharing insights and practical advice with peers who grasp their industry’s distinct challenges and complexities.”

Applications were opened in November for consideration for three scholarships for the 2018 program. Senior level executives who work in non-profit and social purpose organisations, and are leadership/executive/senior team members within their respective organisations (both paid and unpaid roles) were eligible to apply.

Applications received were of a high standard and the decision to award this year’s scholarships was difficult. The final decision was made by a peer judging panel of NPA current members who looked at those applicants who met the key selection criteria, which included being unable to secure funding through their own organisation; being able to articulate how the NPA peer2peer network can enhance their leadership journey and their willingness to be open and transparent – and sometimes vulnerable – in a collaborative, shared learning environment.

ASF CEO, Sam Sayers, added “The calibre of applicants for our NPA Leadership Hub scholarships has been extremely high, reflecting the quality of leadership we have in the social sector today.  ASF is delighted to be able to assist sector leaders to participate in this innovative peer-to-peer mentoring program, to further develop their skills and capacity.”

“The NPA’s Leadership Hub is designed exclusively for Australia’s not-for-profit sector,” says Beaumont. “That unique focus creates an environment of trust and openness in which our leaders can help each other grow, innovate and create new standards of professionalism. We are looking forward to welcoming our new members in 2018 and helping them to develop and prosper on their leadership journey.”

Accessing PAFs: six rules of engagement

Accessing PAFs: six rules of engagement

By Business, Revenue - Fundraising

Fiona Higgins from Australian Philanthropic Services illuminates the realities of private ancillary funds (PAFs) and what it takes to position your organisation for that serendipitous alignment.

PAFs occupy an important niche in the overall funding ecosystem as providers of social risk capital, often instrumental in funding new approaches to long standing challenges. Discover the realities of PAFs and the opportunities that could potentially work with your business.

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Australian Scholarships Foundation offer NPA Leadership Hub Opportunities

By Other

Do you currently work (in a paid or voluntary role) for an Australian charitable not-for-profit organisation or social enterprise as a CEO or executive?

Looking for the chance to experience a vibrant, supportive, learning and mentoring network focused on developing your skills and expertise?

We are excited to announce that we are partnering with The Australian Scholarship Foundation to offer three full scholarships to the NPA Leadership Hub Program. Scholarship recipients will start the program start in early February 2018 and will receive access to the NPA Leadership Hub program for 12 months. Applications close 17 November 2017 – click on the link below to get more information and find out if you are eligible

Sold out September Keynote starts to change the conversation

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Another day, another negative media story about the non-profit sector. Whether focused on fundraising practices, administration and business costs or “fat cat” non-profit CEO salaries, the sector is constantly put under pressure to deliver huge social impact with impeccable governance, whilst justifying the need to invest in being a well-run and more importantly a high achieving organisation.

And that was the mighty topic our September Keynote Speaker Series used to create a conversation that ranged from Board engagement, composition and diversity; rebranding the sector and changing our language; the economic impact of the social sector; data collection; collaboration; and many other issues. There was a lot of food thought and our keynote today was only the start of the conversation. But the final message succinctly seemed to be: it costs to deliver outcomes and we shouldn’t apologise for that. What do you think?

A huge thanks to our panel and facilitator, Gretel Killeen. Our next Keynote Speaker Series event will be held in November. Watch out for more details to come.

Australian Not-For-Profit Workforce Study: Your chance to participate

By Other

Recently the Centre for Social Impact at the University of Western Australia launched the Australian Not-for-Profit Workforce Study: designed to become the largest ever research study on and for all NFP organisations, employees and volunteers. It addresses important themes such as staff development, well-being, engagement, leadership, and more.

This national survey is a unique opportunity for the sector and supported through the Australian Research Council. Moreover, it’s purpose-built to directly support NFP organisations and their people: everyone obtains sophisticated workforce analytics to understand and improve the impact of their work, all for free. Everyone’s perspective is important to advance practice, policy and funding that make NFP organisations more sustainable and successful.

Participation requires no specific invitation: anyone interested just starts at