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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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Successful finance models for affordable housing

SEFA continues to take a leading role in raising awareness around successful financial business models for affordable housing and homelessness solutions. In July it presented at a social enterprise workshop convened by the Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS). The state-wide peak body QCOSS, represents the State’s interests in individuals experiencing or at risk of […]

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Social enterprise: the Scottish Government’s approach

In early March, Yvonne Strachan, Head of Third Sector with the Scottish Government, spoke about her government’s approach to social enterprise at an event hosted by Social Traders, SEFA and the Westpac Foundation in Sydney. Ms Strachan is a Deputy Director in the Scottish Government where she leads its work on the Third Sector. She […]

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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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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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