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The HESTA Community Sector Awards recognise outstanding service provision, advocacy and leadership in improving the lives of people who rely on access to the services of the community sector. Awards are made in three categories: Unsung Hero, Outstanding Organisation and Social Impact. Nominations are now open for the 2017 awards.

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To help small charities cut through the thicket of marketing from charity donations platforms, ChangePath have put together a short guide to the major Australian platforms, what they’re good at, and how to decide between them. These platforms aren’t directly comparable – some offer services that others do not, or have a different focus.

People Planning and Strategy Concept

You might not have an effective board if…your board approves every item on the agenda at every meeting with little or no discussion. Board work gets off to a good start when everyone around the board table agrees that their work drives the organisation’s vision and mission. Parliamentary procedure and best practices give the board a format for doing their work.

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Ever wanted to create a shared value project but didn’t know where to start? Based on the shared value worksheet developed for last year's Shared Value Forum, SV GO contains ten ready-to-go projects to adopt into your organisation – or use as inspiration to create your own. SV GO is available from download from the 2017

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Impact investing (sometimes also referred to as mission-related investing) is an investment strategy where an investor proactively makes investments that can generate both financial returns as well as intentional social or environmental returns for the community. Impact investing differs from socially responsible investing

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An innovative pilot scheme for charities who would like to trial donation via text message has been extended. The Text Giving program, from the Telco Together Foundation, enables charities to accept tax-deductible donations of $5 via text message. The scheme is now seeking new expressions of interest from charities who would like to participate. 


The latest Pareto Benchmarking figures show that the number of new donors acquired by the 82 participating charities in 2016 was less than in 2015. These charities include a majority of charities raising over $20m in 2016, and a good selection of medium-sized fundraising organisations as well.