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Tea and Buns Community of Practice | Covid-19 and behaviour change – Recording now available 

At October’s Tea & Buns, Ruth was joined by Professor Ross Gordon, who talked about how COVID-19 is very much a behavioural issue at heart. He discussed how the pandemic has led to behavioural problems relating to alcohol consumption, and gambling. He also discussed how behaviour changes will be key to eliminating COVID-19 – including the encouragement of vaccine uptake. Watch the recording now.


Quarterly Case Notes Summary | Latest now available 

Researchers at ACPNS scan Australia and the world constantly for legal cases that involve important issues concerning charities, nonprofit organisations, philanthropy, gifts and bequests. The third quarter summary for 2020 is now available via eprints and includes significant cases involving charity law, regulators, liability, fundraising, tax, human rights and more. Find out more


WEBINAR RECORDING | How NPOs and government can work better together

This is your rare opportunity to hear from those in the know about how nonprofits and government can work better together to deliver critical public services. This webinar, held on 12 Oct 2020, includes insights from people with deep governmental connection and inside experience. Find out more


WEBINAR RECORDINGS | The stats are out – How ‘giving’ are we, Australia?

This webinar mini series, held 29 Sep – 1 Oct 2020, gave attendees the short, sharp facts and figures of giving and donating in 2017-18 and examined the learnings for the sector. Access the recordings now to find out how YOU can use the data to advance your nonprofit’s mission. Find out more


Tea and Buns Community of Practice | Journey Mapping – Recording now available

Journey mapping is a powerful tool to analyse and understand how people experience and interact with organisations, programs, services, and systems. For this reason many nonprofit organisations are using it to gain feedback from their beneficiaries, innovate and measure impact. Watch the recording now 


Australian giving takes a step up in 2017-18

Individual Australians significantly increased their giving in the 2017-18 financial year, with a total of $3.75 billion donated – nearly an eight per cent increase, or $265 million, on the previous year.

Take a deep dive into the 2017-18 giving stats and find out how ‘giving’ we are as a nation.

Access the reports


Presentation and Paper | Perceptions and conceptions of ‘place’ in Australian public foundations

ACPNS researcher, Dr Alexandra Williamson recently presented her paper, ‘Perceptions and conceptions of ‘place’ in Australian public foundations’ at QUT’s Centre for Future Enterprise’s E-Future Enterprise Forum.

Find out more about the research and access the recording here.


Presentation and Paper | Perceptions and conceptions of ‘place’ in Australian public foundations

ACPNS researcher, Dr Alexandra Williamson recently presented her paper, ‘Perceptions and conceptions of ‘place’ in Australian public foundations’ at QUT’s Centre for Future Enterprise’s E-Future Enterprise Forum.

Find out more about the research and access the recording here.


Tea and Buns Community of Practice | Recording now available

Surprising ways volunteers can help your organisation thrive in 2020

A special thank you to Michelle Stafford from Volunteering Queensland for chatting with Dr Ruth Knight at August’s Tea and Buns on a range of topics including:

  • How has volunteering changed during COVID-19, and is it still an important strategy for organisations
  • How has COVID-19 changed the way organisations engage and support volunteers
  • How have volunteering programs been really creative and innovative
  • Should organisations measure and report on the outcomes of their volunteer program
  • What should volunteer coordinators be doing when their organisation is going through change

You can access the free video recording now via our YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/T0h75QRJBhg 

Find out more about Tea and Buns and register


DEVELOP YOUR ORGANISATION

What does a nonprofit organisation or a social enterprise need to thrive? And how is its effectiveness and efficiency measured?

There are questions we’re often asked. The Developing Your Organisation (DYO) blog, developed by ACPNS, is a valuable resource for you and your organisation, designed to give you the skills and know-how to create a sound organisational structure and improve your organisation’s governance and functioning.

Each month we post great tips and easy-to-implement practices to help your nonprofit thrive. Topics include:

  • Develop Your Accounting & Accountability
  • Develop Your Board
  • Develop Your Culture
  • Develop Your Fundraising
  • Develop Your Legal Frameworks
  • Develop Your Leadership
  • Develop Your Management
  • Develop Your People
  • Develop Your Philanthropy
  • Develop Your Social Enterprise
  • Develop Yourself

So tune in and get excited about this fab blog – you’re going to love the simple tricks and tips to get your nonprofit or social enterprise buzzing! Find out more and read past DYO blogs


NONPROFIT LEGAL CASES FROM AUSTRALIA AND BEYOND

Like reading legal cases but short on time? Both the first and second quarterly summaries for 2020 are now available.

Researchers at ACPNS scan Australia and the world constantly for legal cases that involve important issues concerning charities, nonprofit organisations, philanthropy, gifts and bequests.

Our Quarterly Case Note Summaries capture key legal cases in an easy-to-digest format for lawyers, accountants and managers involved in the nonprofit sector. The first quarter summary for 2020 is now available via eprints and includes significant cases involving charity law, trading, trustees, tax, mergers, fundraising, volunteers and bequests. With commentary and picks from leading nonprofit experts, this summary is an insightful and eye-opening glimpse into nonprofit legalities across the globe.

Access the Apr-Jun 2020 summary

Access the Jan-Mar 2020 summary

Read other nonprofit legal case notes

Register to receive future summaries

 


FREE WEBINAR RECORDINGS | Tea & Buns Community of Practice

If you’ve missed Tea & Buns, this is your chance to catch up! You’re welcome to download the recordings free of charge. Topics include:

 

  • Is COVID-19 hurting your job or career opportunities?
  • Can organisational culture enhance fundraising results?
  • Learning from fear and how it affects decision making
  • Daring to lead in times of uncertainty

Tea & Buns is a monthly Community of Practice that creates an opportunity for those working in nonprofit and social innovation to learn from each other, discuss the latest research and how we might apply research to our work. The webinar is online, free and gives you access to a vibrant network of like-minded people, including researchers at QUT. Register for upcoming Tea & Buns


COVID19 update

Yes, it’s another COVID-19 message saying how our neck of the woods is keeping momentum at this time.

As a team we are taking steps to ensure that it’s business (almost) as usual here. We have the resources to continue researching, teaching and engaging remotely if need be, but more importantly, our passion to see this critically needed sector survive and thrive through difficult times is stronger than ever. Please call on us any time; we will continue to be here to support you.

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New research on publicness and the identity of public foundations

Australian foundations have traditionally sought and received high levels of privacy and are often reluctant to disclose information publicly. This research, conducted by ACPNS’ Dr Alexandra Williamson and QUT’s Dr Belinda Luke, investigates understandings of publicness in the context of public foundations in Australia by examining how perceptions of publicness inform and influence the practice and conduct of those grantmaking foundations. This short video introduces the research and explains how it provides insights for donors, beneficiaries, and regulators.

Watch the video | Access the report

Thanks to The Foundation Review for publishing this article | Williamson, A., & Luke, B. G. (2019). Publicness and the identity of public foundations. The Foundation Review, 11(3), 68-80. doi: 10.9707/1944-5660.1482

 


New research on strengthening accountability through including beneficiaries in your evaluation processes

What role do beneficiaries have when it comes to accountability in nonprofit organisations? Do beneficiaries have a right to be included in accountability processes and how might this be done? Could beneficiaries’ participation in evaluating the organisation offer a way of doing this?

This short video from PhD candidate and ACPNS researcher, Kylie Kingston provides a short overview of her research about “The empowerment of beneficiaries within nonprofit organisations, through their participation in evaluating the service.” If you’re a nonprofit leader, CEO or Board member, you’ll no doubt find this an interesting watch.

Watch the video | Read more about Kylie’s research

 


Webinar recording: The view from London: an international perspective on COVID-19 from one of the world’s leading fundraising experts   

Panelists include Mark Phillips, BlueFrog  Fundraising UK; Associate Professor Wendy Scaife, ACPNS and; Katherine Raskob, CEO FIA.

A fascinating insight into how the current world situation is affecting charities globally and how to survive and thrive in the coronavirus pandemic.

Watch the video (scroll down to date 7/4/20)

 


Summary of key nonprofit legal cases now available

ACPNS researchers scan Australia and the world constantly for legal cases that involve important issues concerning charities, nonprofit organisations, philanthropy, gifts and bequests.

Our Quarterly Case Note Summaries capture key legal cases in an easy-to-digest format – and the first summary has just been released!

Read more

 


WEBINAR RECORDING NOW AVAILABLE: Incorporated Associations and Collections Act Amendments

Missed last week’s webinar on the amendments to the Incorporated Associations and Collections Act? Never fear; the recording is freely available for download.

Find out more

 


Grant writing: The Steps to Success – VIDEO RECORDING OF SESSION 1 NOW AVAILABLE

Missed last month’s workshop on the steps to writing successful grants? Never fear; you can watch the recording today!

Please note: The recording includes Session 1 of the workshop. Only those who paid to attend are able to access all three sessions. Thank you for your understanding.

Grant writing is a skill nonprofit organisations and social enterprises need if they wish to gain government or philanthropic support for their project or venture. With billions of dollars given away each year by grant makers, it is essential people wishing to apply for grants are savvy and skilled, especially since philanthropic funding is considered the toughest to apply for. While there is no one magic formula to use when writing grants, there are many best practices that can increase your chances for success. Using a practical discussion-based approach, this workshop, held at QUT in March 2020, covered the importance of planning and research, developing your writing skills, managing risks, and understanding funding guidelines.

Thanks QUTeX and our expert speakers for this excellent workshop.

ACCESS THE VIDEO RECORDING

 


Daring to lead in times of uncertainty: FREE webinar recording

Last month we asked Cassandra Levin, a psychologist and Certified Dare to LeadTM facilitator from QUT, about what research by Brené Brown says about leading bravely when you are feeling vulnerable and uncertain.

You can download the recording now. This brilliant webinar which includes Brene’s insights is relevant for all senior leaders, staff, boards and volunteers who are supporting staff and volunteers, and making strategic decisions in this time of change and uncertainty.

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Dial down COVID-19 anxiety and DIAL UP POSITIVITY

Our team at ACPNS is very aware of the current challenges and uncertainty you, your organisation and the community is facing. For this reason we wanted to provide you with some practical advice that can support you maintain your physical and mental health over the next few weeks and months.

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WEBINAR RECORDING NOW AVAILABLE: What can Australian charities learn from Canadian audits of charities involved in advocacy?

In late February, experts from around the globe met to discuss the considerations and costs – of all kinds – of the audits of Canadian charities involved in advocacy.

Download the recording now. 

 

 


ACPNS and QUT experts talk giving and bushfire relief

A major probe into our Bushfire response has found a disturbing lack of preparedness which may have cost lives. Experts have come together in Brisbane to look at what went wrong and what we got right.

Watch the headlines

 


Modern philanthropy and the Gospel of Wealth 

Is there such a thing as bad philanthropy? Great article by ACPNS alumna & General Manager of Community & Social Investments at Perpetual, Caitriona Fay (and QUT Business School Outstanding Alumnus of the Year).

So grab a cup of tea & take a moment to read this fab article, Modern philanthropy and the Gospel of Wealth

 

 


The Power of Community Conference: A huge success for community organisations!

Thank you to everyone who came along to last year’s Power of Community Conference – and for all the wonderful feedback!

Over the coming months we will be releasing the conference videos and recordings so that all in the sector can benefit from the knowledge gained. Videos will include:

– workshops on fundraising, governance, marketing and volunteer management;

– keynotes on storytelling & crafting your story and the role of resilience; and

– panel discussions on finding grants and writing winning grant applications.

To receive free access to the videos, please email acpns@qut.edu.au and we will send you the links as they become available over the coming months.

 


Ancillary fund landscape revealed: ACPNS analysis of the public and private ancillary fund data released

New data shows the number of Private Ancillary Funds is on the rise. But the number of Pubic Ancillary Funds is falling. We take a look at what this means for the ancillary fund landscape.

We thank Dr Alexandra Williamson for this article and thank Pro Bono for posting, Ancillary fund landscape revealed.

 


Clearing the air: making sense of Australia’s bushfire crisis

At this special Institute for Future Environments (IFE) Grand Challenge Future Forum, a panel of QUT academics with expertise in a wide range of bushfire and philanthropy-related research examined impacts and busted myths to help clear the air around the 2019-20 bushfire emergency.

ACPNS Centre Director, Wendy Scaife was one of those invited to speak.

Watch the video 

 


INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY

Celebrating just a few women leading the way in charitable giving – including our very own Centre Director, Wendy Scaife.

Thanks Good2Give for this fabulous article, I am Woman. Hear Me Give