Not for Profit News December 2016

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News from Innovation and Capacity Building

Recipients of the 2016 Victorian Premier's Volunteer Champions Awards announced

60 volunteers have been formally recognised for their outstanding achievements across five categories with a ceremony at Government House on 4 December 2016.

The Premier’s Volunteer of the Year, Dame Elisabeth Murdoch Award was selected from all Award recipients, and this year the selection task was so difficult, two were chosen for their outstanding contribution!

Information from State Government

Social impact bonds tender documentation released - Department of Treasury and Finance

Request for Proposal tender documents have been released as the next step in implementing Social Impact Bonds. The Request for Proposal asks social service providers and interested groups to submit proposals that tackle social disadvantage, particularly alcohol and drug abuse, and vulnerable young people.

Responses close: 2pm 22 December 2016

Victorian Sport Awards - Vicsport

If you know a Victorian athlete, coach, official, volunteer, organisation, club, initiative or event that deserves to be recognised for outstanding achievements in 2016, nominate them for an award! Categories include:

  • Community Coach of the Year
  • Community Official of the Year
  • Local Government Initiative of the Year
  • Outdoor/Active Recreation Initiative of the Year
  • Community Sporting Club of the Year
  • Community Sporting Event of the Year
  • Service to Victorian Community Sport & Recreation

Nominations close: 27 January 2017

Information from Commonwealth Government

Have your say on carer support - Department of Social Services

To support and sustain the vital work of unpaid carers, a draft Service Delivery Model for a proposed new carer support service system has been developed.

The focus of the draft Service Delivery Model is to provide more services to more carers, with the aim to reach carers earlier in their caring journey in order to sustain them by providing supports that build their capacity, reduce strain, enable increased participation in education and the workforce and ultimately improve wellbeing.

Feedback on the draft Service Delivery Model can be provided via an online survey, or through making a written submission. Once finalised, the draft Service Delivery Model will form the basis of a proposal for Government consideration.

The survey and submission process close: 5pm 16 December 2016

Apply for volunteer grants - Department of Social Services

The Volunteer Grants funding is part of the Australian Governments Strengthening Communities programme that supports the capacity of communities to address local issues. Grants could be between $1000 and $5000 and could be used by community organisations to buy much-needed equipment that supports their work, train volunteers or improve fundraising efforts.

Applications close: 2pm 20 December 2016

Information from the Community Sector

Community development grants for registered charities - Community Business Bureau (CBB)

In celebration of CBBs 21st birthday, they are making available up to $21,000 of in-kind consulting and business services to three registered charities. The grant will consist of up to $7,000 worth of consulting services for a total of three charities in the following categories:

  • Leading from the Front
  • Make Marketing Happen
  • Finessing your Finances

Applications close: 5pm ACDT (CCB are based in South Australia) 16 December 2016

Social Change Central website now live

Social Change Central is a dedicated online resource for social enterprises. The website aims to connect, encourage and support social enterprises and aspiring entrepreneurs through an easy-to-use, comprehensive self-service database which collates the most up-to-date opportunities available in Australia and internationally.

Australian impact investments rising - Impact Investing Australia

Impact Investing Australia (IIA) has launched its first Benchmarking Impact report analysing impact investing activity and performance. The report reveals a steady increase in the number of impact investments with the bulk of investment transactions comprising debt finance to social enterprises in the 2015 financial year.

Vollie website now live

Vollie is website that connects people to non-profits, charities and social enterprises for skills-based online volunteering. It is free for volunteers and businesses to use.

Harvard Club of Victoria Non-Profit Fellowship

The Harvard Club of Victoria provides funding to up to three CEO's of non-profit organisations based in Victoria to attend the one week Harvard Business School program Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management in Cambridge, Massachusetts in July 2017. The $14,000 award covers course fees (tuition and case materials, accommodation, and meals), as well as travel to and from Boston, including a side-trip to allow for visits to appropriate nonprofit organisations in North America. 

The organisations must be based in Victoria, have DGR status and should have annual revenues over A$3 million. CEOs of industry associations (e.g. peak bodies), management support organisations, and consulting firms are not eligible.

Applications close: February 2017

New resource on charity reserves - Not-for-profit Law

Not-for-profit Law has collaborated with the Australian Charities and Not-for-profits Commission (ACNC) to develop a new resource, 'Charity reserves: financial stability and sustainability'. The resource covers what are reserves, why it is important to have reserves, the appropriate level of reserves, what reserves can be used for, a reserves policy and who is responsible for reserves.

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