Posted on 13/04/11 by Ben Teoh
It wasn't too long after the post-Christmas sales before the hot-cross buns hit the shelves, reminding us that Easter was only a few months away. It really isn't too far away now, and we're once again surrounded by Easter sales and sugary treats wrapped in coloured foil.
Posted on 13/04/11 by Shai
Get to know one of Connecting Up 2011's keynote speakers, Holly Ross.
Posted on 11/04/11 by Ben Teoh
In country areas such as Casino in New South Wales, access to public transport can be difficult. For many, this can lead to both physical and social isolation - especially for the sick, aged and frail. For those people, basic needs and appointments such as medical care (and other care services) and grocery shopping are difficult without access to regular transportation.
Thankfully, the Uniting Care Casino Transport Team has been around to provide transport for those in need through a team of volunteers using their own vehicles to serve others. The team not only provides vital transport, but also a listening ear and companionship for those who are travelling with them. Their service is in high demand, and can involve journeys over 250km. Between July 2009 and June 2010, the Casino Transport Team clocked in an impressive 2,794 trips, covering 242,354 kms! What an amazing service!
This amazing service by the Uniting Care Casino Transport Team was made the winner of the 2008 Business Awards Community Services Event. It is clear that what they are doing is having a significantly positive impact on the Casino community.
Posted on 08/04/11 by Ben Teoh
It's already a month since Adelaide's Inaugural NetSquared Event: Tech for Social Good and this month saw a different format, designed to be much more interactive. There were two main speaker sessions where the group was presented with:
A pressing issue
A current trend which could address the issue
A discussion question on how online technologies could be used to address the issue
As the night progressed, it was clear that sharing ideas in collective group brought out some brilliant ideas that we hope to move forward with. The following is a summary of what was presented and discussed. To view the slides used during the night, please visit our SlideShare account.
Posted on 31/03/11 by Shai
We're always excited about providing nonprofits the best resources to help to get the job done. One of the ways that we like to do this is by organising Australia's premier nonprofit technology conference - the Connecting Up conference. And yes, registrations are now open.
Reboot your nonprofit: Connecting Up Conference 2011
Connecting Up 2011 is the nonprofit interactive event for learning and thinking strategically about how innovation and technology can improve organisational operations and outcomes. This year's conference picks up on a number of recent nonprofit sector studies and discussions on social innovation, capacity development and social enterprise.
You can learn more about Connecting Up 2011 via our conference section. Our keynote guests from the U.S. are Holly Ross and Alan 'Gunner' Gunn. We also have a number of speakers from all over Australia and overseas who will be holding different breakout sessions, panel discussions, and networking events. Check out our program and our line up of speakers.
Register now to book your place! We only have 350 spots open at this stage and we're getting booked up.
Posted on 29/03/11 by Ben Teoh
Crowdsourcing the news, social media with heart and bungee jumping for votes - the Inaugural ACOSS Media and Communications Forum drew people from across Australia to discuss how changes and trends in media are impacting the social services sector. The tone of the evening was set by ACOSS staff members Fernando de Freitas and Dr Cassandra Goldie. They both shared personal stories which emphasised the need for organisations to give a voice to the people and groups in our community who are disadvantaged and marginalised.
Throughout the forum, the #ACOSS2011 Twitter hashtag was given a good workout by those present. Key points were highlighted, and topical conversations were started. Here are five points that came from the ongoing discussions.
Posted on 24/03/11 by Shai
Three nonprofit workers from Australia flew to Washington, DC to attend the Nonprofit Technology Conference 2011 (#11NTC) through the Connecting Up - NTEN mutual scholarship program.
Now, our three scholars - Sarah Pulis from Media Access Australia (NSW), Erica Thompson from OzChild (Victoria), and Christopher John from Lifeline Hobart (Tasmania) - share their insights from the event through a series of video interviews.
Posted on 23/03/11 by Ben Teoh
M+R Research Labs and NTen have worked together to generate the 2011 eNonprofit Benchmarks Study. Data was collected by 40 nonprofit organisations, looking at results from 2009 to 2010. The study highlights online tools such as email marketing, online fundraising, text messaging and social media.
You can download a free copy of the 2011 eNonprofit Benchmarks Study.
To make things easier, a great infographic has been created, summing up the findings.
Posted on 22/03/11 by Ben Teoh
In the non-profit sector's never ending search for better fundraising ideas, online fundraising has entered into the spotlight. Websites are popping up which are designed to make fundraising easier, allowing people to make electronic transactions to individals and organisations. As part of this surge of online fundraising sites is the new "crowdfunding" phenomena
Posted on 21/03/11 by Ben Teoh
How often does your organization step back and remember your mission? Sure, you know what your mission is, but how often do you refine the sense of mission that exists in the hearts of your staff, board members and supporters?
This year's Heart & Soul grant program, put on by the CTK Foundation, is designed to do just that.