Stop planning, start doing.

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 …

#7 Flying Pigs at Number 20

#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 …

More about SEFA

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.

Are you losing sleep over funding?

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 …

Fundraising, a teen perspective

My son (now 13)  has been raised in an entrepreneurial environment so it doesn’t really surprise me that when his Fiverr account hit 20,000 views per month he asked if I’d like to buy a link – $10 per month or $15 for lifetime. So when he started following online gamers I was annoyed (from a parenting perspective) but simultaneously curious …

Small change equals big change

How would you support the social purpose that you care about if you had one hundred and forty bucks in your hand? I wasn’t quite sure what I’d hear when I cast this challenge to the inspiring group of workshop participants in our social change workshop yesterday. But I was delighted with the responses: They told me they could: * …

Who does your money support?

This could be a righteous story about how great I am at spending money the ‘right’ way.  About how wonderful we are at saving the planet or the world or how awesomely we walk our talk. Actually it’s not going to be told like that. This is a story of an awakening. You see, I’ve always liked the idea of …

Giving brings community together

On the south-western edges of Sydney the Macarthur region has taken a lead in the fight against cancer with the annual 24-Hour Fight Against Cancer fundraising movement. The movement was established in 2005 and has since grown to incorporate over 1,500 people who walk in the event each October, not to mention a raft of supporters, sponsors and beneficiaries.  To …

Who is giving to you this Christmas?

As not for profit organisations face a new era of business sustainability understanding the intricacies  of revenue generation beyond government funding is becoming an increasingly important skill set to hone. I’ve been exploring and experimenting with alternate models for financial sustainability for years but in the past months decided to do a deeper dive, in this case into the motivations behind …

Why do people give?

As the festive season, “the time of giving” draws horrifically closer I’ve been giving a lot of thought to my motivations for giving and donating. I’ve been asking myself: * Is there a difference between giving and donating? * Why is giving important to me? * What motivates people to give, when and how? * And when is it OK to talk about giving – …