Why I ate the last chocolate

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It’s the tail end of the festive season, time to slowly but surely ease back into work and perhaps you’ve even started to switch the feasting for fasting and lolling about for morning walks. By mid January the excuses to cram your trolley with chocolate, gooey cheese and salty chips are running out and it’s time for the kids to begrudgingly come down from …

Who is giving to you this Christmas?

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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?

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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 – …

The unspoken impact of community events

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In an ever disconnected world I find great comfort when I see a poster for a humble community event.  The kind of event that is probably arranged by an exhausted committee of people who are driven by their purpose.  The kind of event that could involve a performance from the back of a truck and perhaps a collection of other activities that …

What if there were no not for profits?

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“It’s time to stop calling yourselves not for profits. It’s about profit for social purpose” Cheryl Kernot, Social Enterprise Symposium Coffs Harbour 5 November 2014. For too long the notion of dealing to embedded social issues has been the sole responsibility of government and by proxy not for profit organisations. Certainly the massive shift in ‘social impact culture’ is changing …

Why does what matters matter?

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Over the past decades I’ve approached community disadvantage from many different angles. I’ve worked on the ground, delivered education projects, managed a not for profit, called myself a consultant and from that platform researched, created strategy, asked questions and observed.  I’ve played a role in attracting large amounts of funding, brought entities together, produced events from very limited resource pools …

Why does WHAT MATTERS matter2?

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Over the past decades I’ve approached community disadvantage from many different angles. I’ve worked on the ground, delivered education projects, managed a not for profit, called myself a consultant and from that platform researched, created strategy, asked questions and observed.  I’ve played a role in attracting large amounts of funding, brought entities together, produced events from very limited resource pools …