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When a social enterprise is not an enterprise

kerrygrace-2014 Abundance thinking, Inspiring your community, Leadership, Our Team, Philanthropy, funding and social investment

Unless you’ve been living under a rock by now you’ve heard the term ‘social enterprise’. There are many and varied definitions of the illustrious notion of social enterprise, our working definition “a business entity that TRADES for a social purpose” (noting the word TRADES). In Australia social enterprise is not a legal structure in it’s own right and for that matter, a …

community

Stop planning, start doing.

kerrygrace-2014 Blog, Inspiring your community, Leadership, Philanthropy, funding and social investment, Regional communities, Thinking business

If I could distill just one thing from over 12 years consulting for communities it’s this; People in any community, no matter how disadvantaged already know how they want to live their lives. And that’s hard for an ‘expert’ to chew on.  Because we are paid to have the great ideas, right? One of the things that always irked me in …

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#7 Flying Pigs at Number 20

kerrygrace-2014 Blog, Inspiring your community, latest-news, Leadership, Our Blog, Philanthropy, funding and social investment, Regional communities, Thinking business

#7 Flying Pigs at Number 20 Week 7 of posts to inspire you in your leadership journey and through the week.  These spiritual window-shoppers, who idly ask, ‘How much is that?’ Oh, I’m just looking. They handle a hundred items and put them down, shadows with no capital. What is spent is love and two eyes wet with weeping. But these …

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More about SEFA

kerrygrace-2014 Blog, Our Blog, Philanthropy, funding and social investment, Thinking business

Earlier this year I interviewed Hanna Ebeling, Relationship Manager at Social Enterprise Finance Australia (SEFA). Listen to the interview to learn more about SEFA and some handy insights about social finance, the SEFA selection process and ways for social enterprise to survive and thrive. [soundcloud url=”https://api.soundcloud.com/tracks/196052544?secret_token=s-5IB4g” params=”auto_play=false&hide_related=false&show_comments=true&show_user=true&show_reposts=false&visual=true” width=”100%” height=”450″ iframe=”true” /]

funding

Are you losing sleep over funding?

kerrygrace-2014 Blog, Inspiring your community, Leadership, Philanthropy, funding and social investment, Regional communities, Thinking business

Is funding, or more so the financial sustainability of your organisation, idea or project keeping you awake at night? If you have been reliant on government funding to exist over the past years you’ll know, without a doubt that the marketplace is shifting. Some funding categories have even opened up to commercial tender and let’s face it a small Non …