Kick Starter and Ethical Enterprise Awards

In early December, Sandra was back for the third year running as a judge on the Kick Starter panel. Kick Starter is a wonderful initiative of the Macquarie Group Foundation and School for Social Entrepreneurs (SSE). Macquarie mentors are partnered with SSE students to work together to develop a business plan which is then submitted […]

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Get in on the act!

Not-for-profit banking specialist Community Sector Banking has launched a world-first banking service, allowing customers to give to a range of worthy causes simply through their everyday banking. The new division of Community Sector Banking – a collaboration between Community 21 and Bendigo Bank – act. has been established after two years in development to deliver […]

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Empowering Community Renewable Energy

Australia’s first Community Energy Congress brought together 360 delegates from around the country to share, learn and build a strong movement for this emerging sector. For four days, over Canberra’s chilly winter, the gathering provided a beacon of hope for empowering communities.  There are now more than fifty community energy projects in development across every state […]

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Social impact reporting at SEFA

Social impact reporting (SIR) should be a useful tool rather than a burden for borrowers. Whether you choose to use quantitative or qualitative metrics, they need to be tailored to your organisation’s mission and activities. Reporting adds greater value to your organisation’s overall impact when it becomes fully integrated into operational workflow. The figure below outlines […]

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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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