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The lessons we’ve learned

The last five years have been full of opportunity and excitement, but not without hard work, commitment, and a belief in what we are doing truly makes a difference. As an organisation, we are committed to continuous improvement, and now we’ve turned five, and fully disbursed our SEDIF grant, we thought it was the right […]

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Supporting financial resilience

This year SEFA has provided loan facilities to Habitat for Humanity in three states – Victoria, NSW and SA. The access to finance will grow and support much needed home ownership across disadvantaged communities by increasing the pace of construction. Our relationship with the three states has deepened our understanding of different Habitat operating models, […]

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SEFA Out and About

SEFA has taken part in a number of exciting events in the past quarter. Ben presented at the NOUS workshop in early January on funding Not For Profit’s in the disability sector. He also took part in the School for Social Entrepreneurs panel debate and Q&A session on the role of social enterprise and social […]

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VIVID – Social impact measurement workshop with University of Sydney

SEFA attended the social impact measurement workshop at the VIVID festival. The workshop was part of the Festival of Ideas that runs parralel with the light festival. The workshop was focused on the StrategicFrame approach developed by the University of Sydney and how it can be used by organisations involved in the arts. A panel […]

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SEFA’s Social Connectivity

INAUGURAL SEFA ROUNDTABLE ON INDIGENOUS ENTERPRISE In February 2013, SEFA initiated the first of our targeted roundtable events.  A high priority for SEFA is supporting indigenous enterprise in Australia, so our first event focused on Indigenous Social Finance.  SEFA aims to identify key objectives that social lenders can implement to accelerate the process of indigenous […]

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Social Enterprise Case Studies

Our lending manager, Roselyn Yap has provided the following case studies as examples of SEFA’s loan enquiries. To apply for social finance, please email roselyn.yap@sefa.com.au or phone (02) 8819 3360. CASE STUDY 1 An Indigenous Culture and Dance Company Scenario An NFP organisation, incorporated in 2010, approached SEFA with a loan request for the purchase of a […]

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How can SEFA help?

¤SEFA spends time and resources to understand the client’s organisation, social mission and business model. We discuss plans and capacity building issues prior to completing a loan application. ¤SEFA discusses with the client the various capital and financing options, assessing possibility of a balance of income sources, including where appropriate, leveraging any grant and/or philanthropic […]

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Lending report

LOAN ENQUIRIES As of first quarter 2013, SEFA received 255 loan enquiries from a diverse range of organisations and individuals committed to addressing their community group’s needs. Applications for loan funds To date SEFA has supported and evaluated over 20 loan applications from incorporated social enterprises. These applicants vary in size and scope, structure and […]

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SEFA Indigenous Finance Round Table Discussion

In February, SEFA held a round table on Indigenous Social Finance. This was attended by representatives from indigenous peak bodies, government, academia and grass roots indigenous and environmental organisations. The aim of the roundtable was to come out with five objectives that social lenders could implement to accelerate the process of indigenous organisations accessing finance. […]

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