Harnessing the power in the room


One of the truly remarkable things about the National Community Foundations Forum is the depth of experience in the room. The event brings community foundation practitioners from across Australia together with their colleagues from the wider philanthropic and not-for-profit sectors.

Harnessing the power of this collective experience and wisdom is a key objective for the Forum:

Forum Buddy
This year, all delegates will be paired with a buddy (or partner) – a fellow delegate you can share your take-aways and learnings with over the course of the three days; helping you forge new connections and embed your experiences.

Collaborative Consultations Session (Thursday 13 October @8.45 am)
This session will feature table based facilitated consultations leveraging the deep knowledge in the room to address burning challenges community foundations are facing right now.

Networking Opportunities
The NCFF16 program includes plenty of opportunities for delegates to network, learn from each other and exchange ideas. At the ‘Bring a (metaphorical) plate afternoon tea (Tuesday 12 October @3.15pm), delegates will be encouraged to share a resource that they have developed (or discovered).


Visit our online ‘Sched‘ (sessions, speakers, events) and click the button below to Register. Full registration includes access to all sessions, networking events, morning/afternoon tea, lunch, Delegate reception and the Annual Forum Dinner.

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RallyRound InBrief – A grand plan for a better world

RallyRound InBrief delivers snapshots on topical issues and news relevant to the community foundation sector

UN’s Sustainable Development Goals have profound implications for all sectors

On the 25th September last year the United Nations formally adopted Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This Agenda represents an ambitious plan to address global challenges, such as poverty, and ‘to shift the world on to a sustainable and resilient path’. Importantly, the Agenda is a universal one which clearly articulates an expectation that ‘all countries and all stakeholders, acting in collaborative partnership, will implement this plan’ and it recognises that success will be dependent upon a willingness to ‘take the bold and transformative steps which are urgently needed’.

The Agenda identifies 17 Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs (see below) each of which has specific targets that will need to be achieved over the next 15 years for the Action plan to be successfully enacted.

This month, the UN launched the The Sustainable Development Goals Report 2016 which, by delivering an overview of the SDGs using current data, tells the story of where the world is at the beginning of its 15 year journey. The story that emerges from the pages of the report is, unsurprisingly, not a particularly comforting one, and serves to demonstrate the enormous challenges ahead; around one in eight people live in extreme poverty, nearly 800 million people suffer from hunger and access to water is an issue that affects more than 2 billion people.

The report also underscores the importance (and the challenge) of data in the tracking of progress towards the SDGs. Underpinning the goals are a multiplicity of statistical indicators and measures which will need to be extrapolated at a national level and then a global one.

Why is this relevant to community foundations?
Most, if not all, of the SDGs will resonate with community foundations as they echo, at a global level, the challenges that we are dealing with in our own communities. It is to be hoped that the massive collective action framework that the SDGs represent, will lead to an unprecedented sharing of knowledge as to how others are dealing with these issues around the world; what is working and what is not. Community foundations can leverage this knowledge within their own catchments.

UN member states, which includes Australia, will be expected to use the SDGs as a constant touchstone. This presents community foundations with a platform to engage with government and other sectors around a common agenda and ensure they are aware of, and can support, the unique role community foundations play. The SDGs will create opportunities for collaboration which community foundations can become active participants in.

In its recent report, From Global Goals to Local Impact, the US Council on Foundations emphasises the constructive role philanthropy can and should play in the multi sector effort that will be required to meet the SDGs. Community foundations are well placed, with their connection to community and local knowledge, to facilitate and translate these ambitious global goals into meaningful local action.

The SDG Philanthropy Platform is an initiative of the United Nations Development Program, Foundation Centre and Rockefeller Philanthropy Advisers which aims to connect and encourage collaboration between philanthropy, the UN, governments, the private sector and NGOs. The website includes a dashboard of indicators, information on funders and knowledge hub with reports, background papers and and case studies and briefings.

The 17 SDGs are:

  1. End poverty in all its forms everywhere
  2. End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture
  3. Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages
  4. Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all
  5. Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls
  6. Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
  7. Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all
  8. Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all
  9. Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
  10. Reduce inequality within and among countries
  11. Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
  12. Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns
  13. Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts
  14. Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development
  15. Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss
  16. Promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels
  17. Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development


Register now for the National Community Foundations Forum. This year’s theme – Building Resilience Through Innovation and Collaboration – focuses on how the community foundation sector can evolve and adapt in order to thrive in a challenging and changing environment. For all the latest program details go here.

RallyRound eNews – July 2016

Resilience has become something of a mantra for the not-for-profit sector as a whole. Increasingly we talk about resilient individuals, organisations and communities, indeed this year’s theme for the National Community Foundations Forum is ‘Building Resilience through Collaboration and Innovation.

During a recent meeting with a local community group I was brought up short when I mentioned the ‘R’ word: ‘We’re sick of hearing that we are a resilient community’ they told me ‘We’re not resilient, we’re hurting’. Defined as ‘an ability to recover from or adjust easily to misfortune or change’, the group’s comment was a timely reminder that community resilience is built; the result of an ongoing active process that engages a plethora of actors who, to be most effective, should work collaboratively together. It is absolutely critical that this process involves grass roots organisations, such as community foundations, whose commitment to creating resilience is abiding, grows from a personal commitment and connection to community and leverages deep local knowledge.

One of the themes that we will be exploring at this year’s National Community Foundations Forum is how community foundations can support meaningful systems change in their communities. Seri Renkin, Managing Director of the ten20 Foundation, will lead us in an exploration of the roles our organisations can play in addressing complex community problems. This is one of many wonderful sessions on offer over the three days and I am looking forward to seeing lots of you at the RACV Resort in Inverloch on the 11 – 13 October (Register for the Forum here).

Kate Buxton, Executive Officer
July 2016


Forum Scholarships – Not Long Left to Apply

FRRR is offering a limited number of partial and full scholarships to assist with travel and registration costs to the National Community Foundations Forum. Priority will be given to Rural Regional and Remote Community Foundations who have greater travel costs.

Scholarship requests must be submitted EITHER via a simple online application form or MS Word application form available here. Applications close Monday 1 August 2016.

ACP member networkingRR

Member Networking and Forum Primer
Friday 12th August 10am-12pm, Melbourne CBD

ACP is holding a Member Networking and Forum Primer; 10am – 12pm, Friday 12th August 2016. This is a great opportunity for members to get to know one another, network, share ideas and get the inside track on this year’s National Community Foundations Forum. The venue is in the Melbourne CBD – walking distance to Southern Cross Station and tram stops. RSVP by 5th August. to kate.buxton@australiancommunityphilanthropy.org.au

Not an ACP member yet? Go here to find out how to become one.
Thanks to Deakin University for hosting this event.


2016 Community Foundation Awards

The ACP Annual Community Foundation Awards recognise individuals and organisations that have made a significant contribution to the community foundation sector in Australia. The 2016 Award for Excellence & Achievement and the 2016 Inspirational Award will be presented at the Annual Community Foundations Dinner at the National Forum on Wednesday, 12th October 2016.

ACP members are invited to nominate individuals or organisations they believe would be worthy recipients of these Awards. Further information including selection criteria are available here.


Movers and Shakers

  • The Mirboo North & District Community Foundation, South Gippsland in Victoria, is seeking a new Executive Officer to replace Derrick Ehmke, who will be retiring later this year. Click here for more details.
  • Foundation Barossa has farewelled Leanne Hutton after four and a half amazing year. The foundation has welcomed Kylie Piper as their new Executive Officer.


Local Charities Matter Report but 1/3 of people in the UK Can’t Name One

Small But Vital – Local Charities Matter, a recent study undertaken in the UK, has found that 1/3 of people cannot name a local charity despite these representing 97% of Britain’s charity sector. The finding is in contrast to the 52% who feel that local charities play an important role in their community.

The study was commissioned by the TSB bank and surveyed 301 charities and 1000 members of the public. Whilst specific to the UK, these findings resonate for Australian community foundations who are very aware of the challenges faced by local community groups and charities when it comes to awareness and fund raising.

Research undertaken by the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) in 2015 (Public trust and confidence in Australian charities) echoed some of the the UK report’s finding, highlighting the fact that whether or not a charity provides services in the local community has a significant impact on trust and confidence.

Small but Vital’s other findings similarly resonate here in Australia with the report concluding that local ‘charities are the lifeblood of the communities they serve and they play a vital role in supporting the daily lives of many thousands of people’.

Community foundations, with their local DNA, are well placed to work with organisations to address this issue and are perfectly placed to link donors of treasure, time and talent to local causes.

magnifyingglass    Resource Roundup

  • FRRR has teamed up with Our Community to host free webinars specifically designed to help rural, regional and remote community groups access more funding:
    – Sponsorship 101 – 1pm AEST on Wednesday, 27 July
    – Crowd-funding 101 – 1pm AEST on Wednesday, 10 August
    Click here for more information and to register.
  • The Governance & Compliance page on the ACP website has been updated. The page incorporates links to a range of useful resources including the updated Public
  • Ancillary Funds requirements information booklet from Herbert Smith Freehills
  • The US based Centre for Effective Philanthropy assists staffed grantmaking foundations by providing resources to help them maximize their effectiveness. They offer a range of downloadable research reports on issues such as donor values, transparency, benchmarking foundation governance
  • The Global Summit on Community Philanthropy – to be held on 1 – 2 December 2016 in Johannesburg, South Africa, will reflect the the growth of community philanthropy around the world.

Know of a resource we should add? Contact kate.buxton@australiancommunityphilanthropy.org.au


2016 National Community Foundations Forum

11-13 October, RACV Inverloch Resort, Victoria

Don’t forget to Register Now for this year’s Forum which will explore how the community foundation sector can evolve and adapt in order to thrive in an increasingly challenging and changing environment. Visit our online ‘Sched‘ to see the fantastic line up of sessions and speakers.

We’d love to hear from you.  Contact kate.buxton@australiancommunityphilanthropy.org.au

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Member Networking and Forum Primer – August

ACP is holding a member Networking and Forum Primer; 10am – 12pm, Friday 12th August 2016.

This is a great opportunity for members to get to know one another, network, share ideas and get the inside track on this year’s National Community Foundations Forum.

Melbourne CBD – walking distance to Southern Cross Station and tram stops

RSVP by 5th August for venue to kate.buxton@australiancommunityphilanthropy.org.au

Thanks to Rikki Andrew and Deakin University for hosting this event


Mirboo North & District – seeking Exec. Officer


MNDCF Mirboo North & District Community Foundation Inc. (MNDCF) works to make a positive and lasting difference to people living within the communities of Mirboo North and District encompassing Thorpdale, Boolarra, Yinnar and Dumbalk in South Gippsland, Victoria. The organisation has distributed grants exceeding $500K to over 60 local charitable organisations since its establishment in 2010.

The Board is seeking a highly motivated and dynamic leader to replace the current Executive Officer (EO), who is retiring. Reporting to the Board through the Chair, the EO is responsible for the day-to-day management of MNDCF and for developing and executing strategies with the objective of enhancing the value and effectiveness of the foundation.
Key selection criteria are:

  • Working creatively and with empathy within in a local rural community setting to produce positive outcomes in an ethical and effective manner.
  • Organisational and strategic policy development, monitoring and reporting to the Board.
  • Successful project development and management including meeting financial and governance requirements.
  • Community engagement specifically within small rural communities.
  • Developing active partnerships including locating and negotiating funding agreements with government, corporate, community and philanthropic bodies.

Applications must be received by email Friday 29 July 2016, addressing key selection criteria and details of at least two referees. Commencement date around October 2016.
To receive a copy of the Position Description please contact Derrick Ehmke info@mirboodistrictfoundation.org.au or 0418 301 092

National Community Foundations Forum – FRRR Scholarships announced


In 2016 FRRR continues to support networking and professional development for the Community Foundation sector. One way that FRRR delivers on this is through the provision of Scholarships that assist with travel and registration costs to the National Community Foundation Forum.

In 2016 FRRR is offering a limited number of partial and full scholarships. Priority will be given to Rural Regional and Remote Community Foundations who have greater travel costs. FRRR’s preference is to support only one representative from a Community Foundation, in order to share support across a larger number of Community Foundations.

Scholarship requests must be submitted EITHER via the online application form or by completing the MS Word application form available for download from our website

Applications close Monday 1 August 2016.

RallyRound InBrief – Is your organisation disaster ready?

acossml    Is your organisation disaster ready?

The Australian Council of Social Service (ACOSS), the peak body for the community services and welfare sector, has launched the Resilient Community Organisations Toolkit to help organisations measure and improve their resilience to disasters and emergencies.

The Toolkit includes a benchmarking system so organisations can assess their preparedness for disasters and emergencies and identify areas of improvement,

Whilst primarily aimed at service deliverers, the toolkit has much that is relevant to community foundations, as well as being a prompt for encouraging thinking around community resilience.

Resilient Community Organisations can be accessed here:

RippleEffecsml    Progress starts with community

The Ripple Effect, a report from US based the Harwood Institute for Public Innovation with support from the Kettering Foundation, starts with the premise that progress is more likely to come at the community level than it is nationally and goes on to explore how change happens and how change agents, such as community foundations, can be be intentional in their efforts to help bring it about?

The report asserts that change is seeded within an enabling environment, emerges over time and engages multiple actors within an adaptive learning framework which encourages intentional choices that leverage knowledge around what is and isn’t working.

Using Battle Creek, Michigan as a case study – where the Harwood Institute worked with individuals and organizations to address issues of vulnerable children and families – The Ripple Effect identifies nine drivers for change which start with making the community the frame of reference to align action – a notion that is already fundamental to community foundations.

The Ripple Effect can be downloaded here

workshop-logo     Collaborative giving workshop

There are still spaces available at the Collaborative Giving Workshop (teleconference/webinar) which is now scheduled for 11.30am – 1.00pm AEST, Thursday, 30th June 2016 with James Boyd, National Convenor of Impact100 in Australia and Dylan Smith, ACP Chair and EO of the Fremantle Foundation.

Deep Dive into what makes a successful giving group and explore how to kick-start collaborative philanthropy or set up a collaborative sub-fund as part of your community foundation.

James Boyd will talk about his learnings from the USA following his research in 2011 of collaborative giving groups. James and Dylan will then dive into the operations of successful groups drawing from their experience of Impact100, the model now successfully operating in Perth, Fremantle, Melbourne, Adelaide and Sydney.

In 2014 Impact100 Fremantle raised $115,000 in its first year. In 2015, more than 100 donors contributed $130,000 to high impact grants, with a game-changing $100,000 awarded to a micro-farming venture. Collectively Australia’s Impact100 groups have distributed over $1.5million.

The workshop is free to ACP members (non members $55). For more information contact kate.buxton@australiancommunityphilanthropy.org.au



Registrations for the National Community Foundations Forum will open soon. This year’s theme – Building Resilience Through Innovation and Collaboration – focuses on how the community foundation sector can evolve and adapt in order to thrive in a challenging and changing environment.

You can get a sneak peek at the program outline here. To be notified as soon as tickets become available contact kate.buxton@australiancommunityphilanthropy.org.au

South Australia moves ahead in quest to reduce red tape for charities.

South Australia has moved ahead of other jurisdictions with the passing of the Statutes Amendment (Commonwealth Registered Entities) Bill. The Bill will free-up charities registered with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) from duplicate reporting requirements.

Stand Like Stone community foundation Executive Officer Georgie McKay has welcomed the legislation saying: ‘This reduction in red tape will allow Stand Like Stone to focus our limited administration resources more effectively. It has been challenging to meet the requirements of dual reporting to the South Australian State Government, as well as to ASIC and the ACNC. As the sector moves to single reporting via the ACNC it will enable better governance. We applaud the State Government for working with the ACNC and taking the lead in ensuring that charities can focus their energy and funding to allow them to thrive within a robust regulatory framework overseen by the ACNC’.

The new law, which should come into effect early next year, allows organisations incorporated under the state Associations Act, and registered with the ACNC to report through the latter. SA Charities will no longer be required to apply for a separate fundraising licence although they will be required to notify the SA Minister if they intend to fundraise .

Australian Community Philanthropy has similarly welcomed the changes with Executive Officer, Kate Buxton commenting ‘The ACNC has clearly articulated its commitment to reducing red tape and simplifying the regulatory framework. This is precisely the sort of outcome we were hoping for and look forward to other States following suit’.


Registrations for the National Community Foundations Forum will open soon. This year’s theme – Building Resilience Through Innovation and Collaboration – focuses on how the community foundation sector can evolve and adapt in order to thrive in a challenging and changing environment.

You can get a sneak peek at the program outline here. To be notified as soon as tickets become available contact kate.buxton@australiancommunityphilanthropy.org.au

Now is the time to make a lasting difference in your community

The end of the financial year is an excellent time to consider making a charitable donation. Donating through a community foundation can extend the impact of a donation, ensuring your gift continues to make a difference.

Community Foundations harness the power of philanthropy and their deep local knowledge. They support local organisations delivering projects and programs that meet local need, building healthy, sustainable and resilient communities.

Community Foundations work with donors, assisting them to think strategically about how they give and ensuring their donation has the greatest impact on the issues and causes they care about.

Find out if there is a Community Foundation near you

CF Rally Round – May 2016

The last couple of months have taken on something of an international flavour! I had the opportunity to attend a round table, hosted by Philanthropy Australia, with guests Stephen Heintz, President of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund and Brad Smith, President of the Foundation Center, who were in Australia for the launch of the US Foundation Funding for Australia report. Rockefeller Brothers’ strongly articulated commitment to transparency, together with the incredible breadth of information available from the Foundation Center made an enormously powerful argument for open exchange of information which, undeniably, leads to a growth in capacity benefiting all. In later conversations with Tom Kelly, Vice President-Knowledge of Evaluation & Learning at the Hawai‘i Community Foundation I was struck by, regardless of size /impact area/location, the shared culture of our sector. This comes, I think, from a profound connection to our communities and unique commitment to the principle of philanthropy for everyone.

As was I was putting the finishing touches to this RallyRound, the Federal Government introduced the Private Ancillary Fund and Public Ancillary Fund Amended Guidelines 2016. ACP is disappointed that the government did not adopt our recommendation to make the minimum distribution requirements more responsive to the needs of smaller Public Ancillary Funds. We are pleased however that the guidelines give the Commissioner of Taxation the discretion to vary this upon application from a fund meeting certain criteria. The guidelines also provide welcome clarity around portability from private to public ancillary funds. We look forward to ongoing conversations around DGR and other regulatory issues impacting our sector.

Kate Buxton, May 2016


National Community Foundations Forum , Tuesday 11th to Thursday 13th October 2016, RACV Resort, Inverloch, Victoria

Registrations for this year’s National Community Foundations Forum, 11-13 October at Inverloch Victoria will open soon. Our themes this year include catalytic philanthropy and collaboration, engaging with donors and community foundations as leaders. We have a fantastic line-up of speakers including Seri Rankin, CEO ten20 Foundation, leading Canadian researcher Susan Phillips, XFactor Consulting’s Julia Keady-Blanch and, of course, practitioners from Australian community foundations.

NCFF16 will feature a collaborative consultation session which will harness the knowledge in the room to address some of the burning issues and challenges facing community foundations. I’d like to take this opportunity to plant the seed that we will be putting a call-out for community foundations willing to present a 10 minute case study on an inhibiting challenge or barrier they are facing in their community foundation as part of this session.

Contact kate.buxton@australiancommunityphilanthropy.org.au and keep an eye on ACP’s website for updates.

Vineyards in Barossa Valley.

Enabling Sustainable Regional Community Philanthropy Initiative

Enabling Sustainable Regional Community Philanthropy (ESRCP) is a rural and regional initiative from ACP which aims to build greater awareness and understanding of community foundations at a local and national level; build capacity in new and emerging areas of philanthropy such as collaborative giving and collective impact and support the development of Vital Signs in Australia.

ACP is actively seeking funding support for ESRCP and has established a donation account with the Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal (FRRR) so donations over $2 to this initiative are tax deductible.

More information on ESRCP is available from our website


Hands on experience brings a new perspective

The Vital Signs Working Group was established following the 2015 Forum to ensure a collaborative, cohesive national approach to Vital Signs in Australia. The group includes representatives from 10 community foundations encompassing New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and Queensland.

The Group was delighted to welcome Erin Pratley, Project Manager for Centre Wellington’s Vital Signs, to its April meeting. Erin shared her experiences of delivering Vital Signs from within a relatively small community foundation (Centre Wellington in Canada has a population of 26,000) with limited resources. One of the many takeaways from Erin’s presentation was around the value of Vital Signs as an as an effective engagement tool and catalyst for partnership building.

Vital Signs is an annual community check-up conducted by community foundations. It provides a comprehensive and accessible look at how our communities are faring in key quality-of-life areas and is used by community foundations around the world to identify the needs of their communities and to shape their community and strategic grant giving. Vital Signs is a national program in Canada under the auspices of Community Foundations of Canada. ACP manages the licensing of Vital Signs within Australia.



Network & Sector News

Welcome to the Family!

The Community Foundation movement continues to grow in Australia with the soon to be launched Leongatha & District Community Foundation joining Australia’s 36 active foundations. Leongatha is a rural community and the largest urban settlement in the South Gippsland Shire in Victoria. Gippsland is becoming something of a hub for community philanthropy; LDCF has has three close neighbors – the Bass Coast Community Foundation, Mirboo North & District Community Foundation and the Casey Cardinia Foundation.

$1 million for GROW Partnership Project

Victorian State Treasurer Tim Pallas recently announced that the Victorian State Government is investing $1 million into the GROW Strategy (G21 Opportunities for Work).

Victorian State Treasurer Tim Pallas with Elaine Carbines (G21) and Bill Mithen (Give Where You Live Foundation)

Victorian State Treasurer Tim Pallas with Elaine Carbines (G21) and Bill Mithen (Give Where You Live Foundation)

The grant from the Regional Jobs and Infrastructure Fund over the next five years will help the GROW partnership initiative between the Give Where You Live Foundation and G21 Geelong Region Alliance tackle joblessness in disadvantaged areas in the G21 region. Click here for the GROW website for further information on the GROW Project.

Border Trust Launches May is Giving Month

Border Trust’s May is Giving Month initiative is designed to generate a “give where you live” culture to support local people and community organisations. The community foundation has secured great support from local media partner 2AY who will feature donors and recipients throughout the month. The Border Mail will also feature weekly stories that highlight the benefits of local giving.

A Big Give for CFCV

Community Foundation for Central Victoria is set to host its inaugural Big Give on 1st September 2016. Big Give is a 24 hour online Community Giving Day. Not-for-profit, sports club and local community group are able to create a campaign to raise funds for their organisation, cause or project under the Big Give umbrella. Community members can make a donation of as little as $10 to participating organizations.

Community and Philanthropy Partnerships Week 2016

Community and Philanthropy Partnerships Week 2016 will take place 5 – 11 December and is a great opportunity for community foundations and the local groups they support to celebrate their philanthropic partnerships.


As with last year, grants are available to help communities showcase and celebrate their partnerships during CPPW. Grant guidelines are available here – applications close on 6 June.

SA leads the way in reducing red tape

South Australia has introduced the Statutes Amendment (Commonwealth Registered Entities) Bill into its House of Assembly. The legislation is aimed at the elimination of duplication in reporting requirements for charities and nfps registered with the ACNC and collecting in South Australia. If successful, SA will be the first state to act on this.


Resource Roundup

  • Foundation Center is a global hub for philanthropy.  Services include the amazing IssueLab – a searchable online collection of more than 12,000 documents representing one of the world’s largest collections of social sector knowledge.
  • Exponent Philanthropy is a US based association dedicated to serving foundations with few or no staff, philanthropic families, and individual donors.  Many of its resources are available without registration including the nine part Philanthropy Lessons video series  which covers issues including transparency, collaboration and evaluation.
  • Network for Good’s new freely available booklet focuses on storytelling for non-profits and how to present stories that attract donors and win support
  • NCVO Knowhow Nonprofit is a UK based  online resource for voluntary organisations. The website hosts a number of how-tos  including a toolkit to help organizations plan a digital skills development program.
  • Nonprofit Tech for Good is a social and mobile media resource for nonprofits.  Based upon the survey results of 2,780 NGOs worldwide, the 2016 Global NGO Online Technology Report provides insight into the global NGO sector and its use of online technology.
  • The Governance Institute of Australia’s  Risk Management for Directors’ Handbook aims to provide clarity around the interaction between governance and risk management, reduce confusion around the division of responsibilities between oversight and implementation roles and achieve focus on embedding risk management within the strategic framework.