Industry insider: September

What’s been making news in the sector? Find out all the activity, moves and news within fundraising and philanthropy. Lise Taylor reports. You are welcome to email her with your news at ltaylor@fpmagazine.com.au.

 

include a charityInclude a Charity Week 2016 a flying success

Respected UK fundraising consultant Stephen George undertook a whistle stop tour of five Australian cities to speak at breakfast events for fundraisers as part of the 2016 Include a Charity Week campaign, which was held from 5 to 11 September. Nearly 200 fundraisers turned out for the breakfast events in Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney.

George told fundraisers the key to increasing gifts in wills income was to be able to have a conversation and make it a positive one about life and legacy. “Too many charities make the gifts in wills conversation feel like it’s about death; it’s actually about life,” he says.

George stressed it was important now for charities to get the balance right because the world was at a ‘historic crossroads’ with US$46 trillion about to exchange hands in the next 30 years as the silent generation and baby boomers prepare to hand on their wealth to the generations behind them.

His takeaway tips for the audience included having passion and a personal stake in your role, putting emotion first, providing plenty of content, and producing compelling stories about your organisation’s founders and donors as well as stories about modest bequests that ordinary people can relate to.

This year’s Include a Charity campaign was supported by a new video of three bequestors who are leaving gifts to Bush Heritage Australia, Stroke Foundation and Guide Dogs. The video has so far attracted 76,000 views on YouTube. There was also a TV and radio advertising campaign, a social media campaign that attracted over 90,000 views on Facebook and articles in charity sector media, legal publications and nationally in News Corp Australia newspapers. George also gave a comprehensive interview on Radio National’s Life Matters.

 

rainforest rescueGlobalGiving has impacts across the world

US-based crowdfunding platform GlobalGiving says it has proved distance is no barrier in making large scale impact. The group has helped Australian not-for-profit Rainforest Rescue protect 11 new rainforest properties across the Daintree in tropical Far North Queensland.
 
The Daintree is one of the most ecologically diverse ecosystems in the world and of international conservation importance, with a lineage going back 170 million years. Much of the Daintree upland and offshore of the Great Barrier Reef is protected by World Heritage Status. However, significant stretches of the lowland rainforest between these two areas remains unprotected and is under threat of development. For the past 18 years Rainforest Rescue has worked to rescue, restore and conserve rainforest to protect this unique habitat.
 
Now, with significant financial support from 279 donors in GlobalGiving’s Project of the Month Club, Rainforest Rescue has placed Nature Refuge covenants across 11 new rainforest properties across the Daintree lowlands. This strips all development rights from the land, which means the rainforest is protected forever.

Image: Rainforest Rescue.

 

cure brain cancer foundationCure Brain Cancer Foundation recognised twice for innovative approach  

Cure Brain Cancer Foundation has been crowned 2016 The Australian Charity of the Year at the Australian Business Awards and ranked the 25th most innovative company at the Australian Financial Review Innovation Awards. Both accolades recognise Cure Brain Cancer’s innovative approach towards achieving its mission of improving brain cancer survival from the current 20% to 50% by 2023.

“I’m thrilled that these accolades will help to build significant national awareness of brain cancer and in turn help those impacted by this devastating disease,” Matthew Browne, CEO (Acting) at Cure Brain Cancer Foundation, says. “Brain cancer kills more children in Australia than any other disease and more people under 40 than any other cancer. This is unacceptable. Survival rates have barely improved in 30 years so we must do things differently, we must innovate and we must collaborate with the world’s best minds to disrupt the system, improve research outcomes and accelerate brain cancer treatments to patients. Progress could not be possible without the unwavering support of our community and supporters who we represent with fierce compassion. Corporates also play a major role in supporting our mission and we encourage like-minded businesses to partner with us to quickly drive better health outcomes for people impacted by brain cancer.”

Last year, Cure Brain Cancer helped catalyse and announce a revolutionary approach to clinical trials involving the biggest global collaboration in the history of brain cancer research. Called GBM AGILE, it is a faster and cheaper way to test and develop treatments for people with GBM (glioblastoma), one of the most aggressive forms of brain cancer.

Cure Brain Cancer also announced significant funding towards Zero Childhood Cancer, one of the most promising personalised childhood cancer research initiatives ever undertaken in Australia, to tackle the most serious cases of infancy, childhood and adolescent cancer, including brain cancer.

In addition, Cure Brain Cancer Foundation was named Australia’s most innovative nonprofit in the Giveeasy 2016 innovation index in April 2016. 

 

sargents piesSargents Pies Charitable Foundation pledges $950,000

Founded in 1896 by the original owners George and Charlotte Sargent, Sargent’s Pies has evolved to be one of the major pie making companies in Australia. Its current owner established the Sargent’s Pies Charitable Foundation in 1997 with the purpose of giving back to the community and, since its inception, has given away ‘many millions of dollars’ to organisations in need. The aim is to provide: The relief of poverty, suffering, distress or misfortune within Australia and to ‘facilitate the needs of persons who are in necessitous circumstances within Australia’.
 
Inspired by the work The Shepherd Centre does with children with hearing loss, the Foundation has just awarded its largest sum ever donated to The Shepherd Centre: $950,000. It has supported The Shepherd Centre since 2011 with a total of $1,248,000 over five separate grants. In the past, the Foundation has supported the establishment of audio booths at The Shepherd Centre’s Liverpool centre however the recent donation will now help set up a new centre in Campbelltown to help many children with hearing loss in Sydney’s western suburbs.
 
The establishment of a sixth centre for the world-leading early intervention provider is part of The Shepherd Centre’s Sound Future strategy which aims to ensure that all children with hearing loss have access to the essential services they need. Currently only half of the children in New South Wales with hearing loss are accessing critical early intervention programs like that offered at The Shepherd Centre so there is clearly a demand for more help for these children and their families.
 
"The Shepherd Centre does amazing work and has outcomes that speak for themselves," says Sargent's Pies' Purchasing Manager Brian Andrews. "As our factory is in Western Sydney we see that there is a great need for additional services in the outer suburbs. As our population grows faster in the west than some of the services available the fact that The Shepherd Centre is choosing to set up in Campbelltown makes sense."

 

opportunity australiaEmpowering Indian women living in poverty: Women4Women India

For the launch of Women4Women India, Kristina Keneally, former NSW Premier and Opportunity International Australia Council member, is calling on Australian women to empower women living in poverty in rural and urban India by supporting them to become health leaders in their community.

“There’s power in knowledge and that’s where community health leaders come in. Once trained, these women train their local community about simple but life-changing behaviours: using sanitary napkins, giving birth in hospitals, breastfeeding, vaccinations, rehydration salts and mosquito nets, as well as access to small loans for building toilets and clean water supply," says Opportunity CEO Robert Dunn. "Australian women can invest in aspiring health leaders – empowering one or more women as a community health leaders (it costs $500 to train each leader) through a donation or by holding a fundraising event such as a morning tea, lunch or dinner."

Kristina Keneally, who is a Champion of the Women4Women movement, urged Australian women to embrace Women4Women India: “I can’t imagine a more practical way to empower women’ s lives than to invest in Opportunity’s Women4Women India Movement."

 

variety scholarshipsVariety Scholarship applications now open

Applications are now open for Variety Scholarships, which are designed to help children who are sick, disadvantaged or have special needs reach their potential in the fields of art, music, sport or education. Variety – the Children’s Charity provides a scholarships program to help children and young people aged under 19 explore their passion or talent. Up to $5,000 per child is available annually through the program to cover training costs, equipment, skills-based courses and more. More than 130 children have been assisted by the Variety Scholarships program since it began in 2014. Parents, education or medical professionals who know a child who needs support can apply online at varietyscholarships.com.au. Applications are open until 31 October 2016 and will be announced in early 2017.

 

youngcareYoungcare recognised at the Australian Event Awards

On 21 September, Youngcare was recognised at the Australian Event Awards for its hard work in helping young people with high care needs live the young lives they deserve. Youngcare won the Best Charity or Cause-Related Event category for its 2016 Simpson Desert Challenge. Accepting the award for the team, Youngcare Events Executive Michaela Lennon said that every night 7,000 young Australians wake up in an aged care facility because there is a lack of suitable alternatives for young people with full-time and complex needs. The Simpson Desert Challenge saw 13 trekkers raise a minimum of $35,000 each to take part. Twelve support crew joined them on the journey including Channel 9’s Melissa Downes and NOVA Brisbane’s Katie Mattin. Funds raised from the trek went towards Youngcare’s upcoming development at Albany Creek Brisbane (a joint-venture with MS Queensland). Youngcare has already announced the Simpson Desert Challenge will run again in 2017, along with their inaugural 2017 Great Wall of China Challenge.

 

goaTime to pitch for $1,000,000 worth of free media space in 2017!

Nonprofit organisations of all sizes are encouraged to submit an application to Queensland-based media company goa for the opportunity of establishing a community partnership in 2017 as part of its Community Partnerships Program. In 2016, Brisbane Festival, MDA, St Vincent de Paul and Museum of Brisbane were given access to over $1,000,000 of media space, which has and will continue to help them reach hundreds of thousands of people.

The application process is simple: goa has provided a creative brief on its website. Charities can then pitch their campaign idea which, if chosen, could result in thousands of dollars worth of media space throughout goa’s vast network of billboards. The brief asks for the charity’s mission statement and details on the day to day functions of the organisation, as well as further information on the creative concept and the rationale behind it. Goa will select only the most creative and innovative candidates to ensure maximum reach and efficiency.

One of this year’s participants, MDA, set up a three-month campaign that saw three million mentions on social media with the hashtag #CreateWelcome. This campaign bridged the gap between out-of-home advertising and social media says a goa spokesperson, smashing the expectations of both parties while proving to be quite the precedent for the effectiveness of the Community Partnerships Program.

Submissions will close at the end of October and the shortlist will be announced on 14 November. The successful applicants will be announced on 16 December 2016. To submit an application or for further information head to goa.com.au.

 

east timor hearts fundToll renews partnership with East Timor Hearts Fund

The partnership between Toll and the East Timor Hearts Fund has now been extended with Toll providing air travel from East Timor to Australia for around 10 people requiring life-saving surgery, in addition to their parents, health support workers and interpreters, over the next year.
 
Toll Remote Logistics’ General Manager Mark Delany says, “Toll is proud to give back to the local communities in which we live and work. Toll’s partnership with East Timor Hearts Fund has helped the organisation to save more than 30 lives since it began in 2010. I’m proud to continue our support for an organisation that is making a real difference to the health and lives of our neighbours in Timor-Leste.”
 
East Timor Hearts Fund CEO Ken Dusting said the partnership was critical to the organsiation’s work in providing life-saving heart surgery in Australia for young people from Timor-Leste: “In 2010 when our charity was established, Toll was the first corporation to back East Timor Hearts Fund. Without Toll’s early support, our organisation might not exist today. When we first started out, Toll had a significant presence in Timor-Leste, supporting the Australian Defence Force. In the early days, Toll would fly our patients to Australia using spare seats on its chartered planes.” As the Australian troops demobilised from Timor and the company’s presence there wound down, Toll instead continued its support using commercial flights.

 

integrapayImagine having a 'checkout' within your nonprofit's promotional videos?

Queensland-based payment technology company IntegraPay has launched what it believes is Australia’s first in-video payment solution. The technology’s in-video 'checkout' feature allows people to donate directly within a video on any website or social media channel, offering a tool for nearly any charity relying on donations.
 
IntegraPay CEO Chris Urry said the intelligent in-video payment software turned existing videos into efficient fundraising machines by widening the marketing net to potentially millions of people through social media sharing and website embedding. “Partnering with IntegraPay allows organisations to streamline their payment pathway to attract purchases from internet users on websites and on social media by turning their own videos into real-time ‘checkouts’. In-video payments allow users to stay within the video they’re watching and are given the option to pay directly within the video content while viewing media. The audience is engaged and emotionally connecting with the content on the screen, and during that moment, prompted to purchase,” he says.
 
IntegraPay’s video transaction technology is Australian Payment Card Industry (PCI) compliant, so no matter how many times the video is shared by others, the form stays within the video and refreshes securely for each user, ensuring user security and industry compliance.
 

the happiness movementWhat could your nonprofit do with $10,000?

The Happiness Movement is a national competition open only to registered charity/nonprofit organisations in Australia. It has been launched as a way to counter the negative news we hear every day, and highlight those Australians and organisations who make a difference to the lives of others and spread positivity across the country.

To enter, participants need to click here, fill out their details and explain how they would use the $10,000 to support those in need. The closing date is 26 September.

On 26 to 27 September, a shortlist of finalists will be determined, and from 28 September the public will be able to vote on a dedicated Facebook webpage – this is also a way for organisations to further promote their work and raise awareness about their causes. Voting will close on 9 October and the winner will be announced on 11 October.

 

gloria jeans coffeeGloria Jean’s Coffees continues its support for Variety

Gloria Jean’s Coffees franchise partners across the country have banded together to donate $45,000 to Variety – the Children’s Charity, following fundraising initiatives across all coffee houses. This year marked the sixth year in a row that Gloria Jean’s Coffees has nominated Variety – the Children’s Charity as the cause for its largest annual fundraising campaign.
 
Gloria Jean’s Coffees Drinks Innovation & Barista Trainer Melita Ferraro says the brand is proud to support the essential work the charity does for Australian children who are sick, disadvantaged or who have special needs. “Dating back to 2011 and encompassing a number of successful fundraising campaigns, our relationship with Variety is really strong, and we are pleased to assist their hard work wherever we can,” she says.
 
This year, Gloria Jean’s Coffees’ support of Variety included in-store collections and a Cappy Hour campaign, with the  money raised going towards the charity’s three key programs: Future Kids, Freedom Kids and Caring for Kids. Since 2009, Gloria Jean’s Coffees has raised more than $795,000 for its charity partners through Cappuccino for a Cause.


lost property auctionSydney Airport announces charity recipients of Lost Property Auction proceeds

On 22 September Sydney Airport announced the four charity partners that will receive proceeds from the airport’s annual Lost Property Auction for charity commencing on Tuesday, 11 October. Conservation Volunteers Australia, The Clontarf Foundation, The Australian Kookaburra Kids Foundation and Lifeline Australia will share the proceeds of the online auction featuring everything from electronics to jewellery.

“With more than 40 million passengers a year, many items are left behind at Sydney Airport. Thankfully, many people are reunited with their items, but for those that remain unclaimed, we hold an annual auction for charity,” Sydney Airport Managing Director and CEO Kerrie Mather says. “Last year, we raised a record $234,000 and we’re hoping for another strong year of fundraising in support of these worthy causes.”

The Sydney Airport Lost Property Auction for charity will be held from 11 to 20 October in unreserved lots starting from $1. A processing fee of 16.5% is payable to Pickles in addition to the hammer price on all lots. The public viewing day will be held from 8am to 4.30pm on Monday, 10 October. For more information visit pickles.com.au.

 

dimension 5 scholarshipDimension5 announces D5 Scholarships winners!

Dimension5, a joint initiative of Creative Universe and Dimension Data to promote entrepreneurship and innovation, announced the winners of its recent scholarship contest for young and emerging social enterprises on 23 August. From a large field of applicants, four entrepreneurs were granted a year’s membership and benefits. The winners are:

Concrete Exodus:Joel de Ross ‘Conservation through habitation’. Concrete Exodus aims to help indigenous people of Borneo reconnect with their ancestral land through a reimagined village, all planned and coordinated remotely using virtual reality.

Scriptwise: Bee Ismail ScriptWise aims to provide national leadership around the issue of prescription medication misuse and overdose, and build and facilitate partnerships with key stakeholders in changing behaviours and attitudes to prevent prescription medication misuse, addiction and overdose in Australia. ScriptWise aims to reduce the number of medication errors and overdose fatalities through prevention and education in the next three to five years.

I-Nspire: George Wilson I-Nspire strives to provide the forum, tools and inspiration for all individuals to unite in a collective bid to solve the social, economic and health related issues of the current and emerging world. Through crowdfunding, public interaction and educative media, I-Nspire empowers others to take an active involvement in our philanthropic movement as we commit to, and act upon, innovative projects that drive our revolutionary campaign for positive change.

Purposeful: Mike Davis Purposeful is a ‘social impact advisory’, created with the purpose of empowering business to solve social, health and environmental problems through social impact strategy and planning. Purposeful works with business and interested organisations to identify shared value opportunities to partner with and fund the not-for-profit and social enterprise sector organisations and initiatives that deliver strong social impact and value.

Other Scholarship winners will be announced soon, including the UTS MBAe Social Innovation Scholarship due to be awarded in early 2017.

 

inner north community foundationDormant trust makes $192,000 gift

During September, Moreland Council officially ported the Norm Anderson Young People’s Trust to the Inner North Community Foundation with a cheque for $192,024 presented by Cr Samantha Ratnam, Mayor of Moreland to Genevieve Timmons, Chair and Ben Rodgers, Executive Officer.

The gift is a culmination of two years’ work from Council, the Foundation and Herbert Smith Freehills, and came about after the Trust was adversely impacted by the Global Financial Crisis. Due to dwindling resources and motivation, members resolved to wind up the Trust and transfer the assets to a like-minded organisation. With assistance from Alice MacDougall at Freehills, this year the ATO approved the request to transfer the funds to the Inner North Community Foundation.

The Brunswick and Coburg Young People’s Trust was set up to provide funds for projects that benefit disadvantaged young people in Moreland. It was established in 1986, when a local community group, the Brunswick and Coburg Boys and Girls Club, wound up and sold its building in Cameron St Brunswick for $140,000. The Club was formed in 1944, and raised 10,000 pounds to purchase land and build a clubhouse for local young people.

Ben Rodgers, Executive Officer of the Inner North Community Foundation, was delighted to receive the cheque: “The Foundation is a safe pair of hands for community money. The transfer of the Norm Anderson Trust gives us the opportunity to recognise the legacy of the long-term secretary of the Club, Norm Anderson, but also to continue the ripple effect of funds raised for local young people. All the chook raffles, dinner dances, fundraising drives, continue to have impact through this gift.”

 

Parachute DigitalWhat kind of website donation experience do Australian charities give their donors?

In the first benchmarking of its kind, The Wilderness Society has come out on top of 100 Australian charity websites for giving its donors the best donation experience.

The report reveals that The Wilderness Society's website donation page is quick and easy to use, taking only one minute and 10 seconds to make a one-off donation. The organisation clearly explains its cause to its donors and uses positive, solution-orientated images. It tells the donor where the money will go (dollar handles), its form is clearly secure and it validates the personal data it captures from donors. And, most important to donors, it gives them several payment options (including PayPal) to make their donation. It also says 'thank you' well.

Parachute Digital undertook this research in an effort to get some answers to questions it had about why donors visit charity website donation pages but don't complete the donation. "We wanted to understand what donors want and expect from the charities they give to and measure that against what they're currently getting," says CEO Shanelle Newton Clapham.

One hundred organisations' website donation pages were measured against 59 points of best practice criteria and then compared to one another and scored. "What we found is that less than one quarter of Australian charities scored more than 50 out of 100," explains Newton Clapham. "Donors want quick and easy and instead they're getting complex and long. We conducted a survey of Australian donors who give online as well as doing 10 one-on-one interviews, where we recorded these donors making an online donation to one-off, preselected charities."

Newton Clapham says donors don't want to give away 19 points of information when making an online donation (the average number of form fields charities ask donors to fill in). "Instead, they want to know what their money is going towards – and that doesn't mean a graph showing the administration costs. They care about the cause and many said they would give more if they knew what their donation achieved."

Surprisingly, only four charities scored over 75%. These were The Wilderness Society, OzChild, Amnesty International Australia and Anglicare Sydney.

The 100 charities analysed have been scored and broken into size of organisation and sector. Of the top 10 website donation pages, there is one small charity (under $1 million fundraising revenue annually) and one medium charity (between $1 to $10 million annually). The other eight are large organisations of over $10 million fundraising income annually.

Newton Clapham adds, "There is a lot of room for improvement. In many cases charities could make quite simple changes that won't cost them a lot, and improve their score and their online donations greatly."

"In Australia each year over $6.8 billion is donated to charitable causes (Australian Charities Report 2014). If the US is anything to go by, growth in digital donations is set to outpace overall growth in charitable donations by almost 8% (Blackbaud Charitable Giving Report 2015). With so few Australian charities doing a good job in the digital fundraising space, there is a big opportunity for forward thinking fundraisers to make some serious money," she concludes.

From the research Parachute Digital has compiled seven things nonprofit organisations need to do to get the greatest impact from their website donation page. To find out more you can download a copy of the summary research report here.

 

Greater foundationGreater Charitable Foundation announces $1 million in funding

In late August the Greater Charitable Foundation, which was established in 2011 and is funded from the profits of Greater Bank, announced the provision of more than $1 million in new funding to eight charities.

The projects funded will broadly benefit local communities in NSW and the Gold Coast but specifically people needing mental health support, indigenous youth, people impacted by cancer, disadvantaged young people, seriously ill kids in hospital and unpaid carers. Seven of the charities were new partners while funding for Starlight Children’s Foundation was continued.

“The Greater Charitable Foundation provides significant funding to its charity partners over an extended period of time to help develop, trial and establish innovative projects that provide long term benefits to the community,” Greater Charitable Foundation CEO Anne Long explains.

Since its inception, the Foundation has committed almost $6 million to 21 charitable organisations and has already directly helped more than 25,000 people. The 2016 funding recipients are:


Beyondblue $50,000 for phase II of the Friends and Family Support Program to support families and friends of a person who has attempted suicide.
Clontarf Foundation $175,000 for an in school re-engagement program for at-risk, indigenous male students in various regional NSW centres, including Orange, Dubbo, Port Macquarie, Singleton, New England and Taree.
Foundation for Rural and Regional Renewal $50,000 for a community impact project to address pressing and persistent social issues facing communities in 10 regional NSW LGAs in the Hunter and Mid North Coast regions.
Harry Meyn Foundation $100,000 for a respite program to support Hunter-based families affected by childhood cancer over the next two years.
McGrath Foundation More than $250,000 in funding to employ a second breast care nurse based in Newcastle for two years.
OzHarvest $50,000 to deliver the NEST Program for vulnerable and disadvantaged young people in the Hunter region over two years.
Starlight Children’s Foundation Australia $300,000 for the Captain Starlight program at the John Hunter Children’s Hospital and the Starlight Connection program throughout regional NSW and Gold Coast (specifically to Armidale, Gosford, Maitland, Taree, Tamworth, Lismore and Gold Coast hospitals) over two years. Funding will also support the creation of Livewire in-hospital workshops and the production of a nationwide Livewire Magazine.
Sutherland Shire Carer Support Service $50,000 to build organisational capacity to enable SSCSS to expand its operations into the Illawarra to support more unpaid carers of the frail or people with a disability.

 

Steve WaughWaugh launches Saying it is the Easy Part campaign

Focusing on the plight of children who are living with rare diseases, Aussie cricket legend Steve Waugh's new campaign – Saying it is the Easy Part – which launched today and comprises a series of content videos, aims to raise awareness of those living with difficult-to-say conditions.

A spokesperson for the Foundation says the rare disease patient is the orphan of the health system, often without diagnosis, without treatment, without research and therefore without reason to hope. This is why the Steve Waugh Foundation exists. The Australian rare disease community is growing, with a leading number of medical and advocacy groups joining together to give those living with a rare disease a voice.
 
"We asked young children to try and pronounce the names of these rare diseases to give people a greater understanding of these conditions, which affect one in 10 young Australians today. For many children and their families who are living with rare diseases, the Foundation is the only place for them to turn. Yet they show tremendous strength of character to battle these challenges," says Waugh.
 
"There are more than 400,000 children in Australia affected by more than 8,000 rare diseases. Of these 8,000, a good majority of the disease names are near impossible to pronounce. It’s pretty sobering when you meet these children who can say the most complicated disease name with utmost ease. But when you see what they have to endure, you realise that pronouncing the diseases is the easiest part."

The videos include a call to action to support the Foundation and donate at stevewaughfoundation.com.au. See Sarah, Jordan & Logan, Renee and Liam.
 

House with no StepsHouse with No Steps to represent New South Wales at Australian Training Awards

House with No Steps has won the NSW Training Awards for the 2016 Large Employer of the Year. The award was announced on 8 September and means House with No Steps will go on to represent New South Wales in the same category at the Australian Training Awards, which will be held in Darwin on 17 November.

The nonprofit has its own Registered Training Organisation and conducts highly specialised training with its 2,500 employees as well as others supported by the organisation.

“We’re honoured to be named NSW 2016 Large Employer of the Year,” said House with No Steps Managing Director and CEO Andrew Richardson. “This is an exciting time for people with a disability. The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) changes everything for them, and for House with No Steps. We’re a people organisation so ultimately we need the right people with the right skills in the right place. That’s why our commitment to training is so important.”

A spokesperson explains that the rollout of the NDIS across New South Wales will create an employment boom, with approximately 25,000 jobs in the disability sector now available. They add that House with No Steps understands that a well-trained workforce is essential to not only the success of the NDIS, but to the enrichment of the lives of people living with disability, their families and carers by providing the highest levels of service and support.

 

Sean TrinerCould using the odd line from the Bible increase response rates from non-Christians?

According to Sean Triner , Co-founder of the Pareto Group, the odd line of scripture or quote from the Bible is said to increase response rate from Christians. His question though is: "How do you do that without putting off non-Christians?"

He recommends considering using some lines or sayings from the Bible (or interpretations of sayings) that have come into everyday use. He says, "Many Christians will relate to the sayings, but non-Christians are unlikely to recognise the saying as a quote from the Bible. Provided it is a good quote, in context, and helps the appeal, it is likely to have a net positive impact. I have never seen this tested but it all makes sense."

Here are Triner's 10 recommended sayings, which you could weave into your copy:

• "It is like the blind leading the blind!" (Matthew 15:14)
• "Going the extra mile." (Matthew 5:41)
• "Wash my hands of it." (Reference to Pontius Pilate at Jesus' trial. Matthew 27:24)
• "Salt of the earth." (Jesus' words at Matthew 5:13)
• "Written in stone." (Moses and the stone tablets – the 10 commandments at Exodus 31:18)
• "Turn the other cheek." (Jesus' words. Matthew 5:39)
• "It is better to give than receive." (Jesus' words recorded at Acts 20:35)
• "It's like feeding the 5000!" (Reference to the miracle of Jesus at Matthew 14:13-21)
• "Nothing but skin and bones." (Job 19:19-20)
• "United we stand, divided we fall." (Matthew 12:2).

For more Bible sayings which could be useful click here. To read Sean Triner's blog click here.

 

Glenn Iseger PilkingtonNew Aboriginal curator for South Australian Museum thanks to generous benefactor

In a bonus for the South Australian Museum, Glenn Iseger-Pilkington, who is a member of the Wadjarri, Nhanda and Nyoongar peoples of Western Australia, has been appointed to the privately funded role of The William and Margaret Geary Curator of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art and Material Culture.

Professor of Anthropology John Carty sees this as an exceptional gift – the first endowed curatorial position created at the Museum – and one that will see the South Australian Museum able to fulfil its mission to tell the still unfolding story of the most resilient, creative and enduring peoples our world has known. “The evolution of Aboriginal art is the great artistic narrative that the Museum is able to share with the world”, he says.

The collection in the Australian Aboriginal Cultures Gallery – the largest and most representative of its kind in the world – comprises the building blocks of Australian art history: the Yuendemu doors, Lake Eyre toas, early Papunya paintings and important pieces by Albert Namatjira to name just a few.

The role has been provided through the private funding of philanthropist Dr Marg Davy AM in honour of her late husband, William Geary.

“The Museum holds the largest and most comprehensive collection of Australian Aboriginal ethnographic material in the world. Together, we are committed to sharing these collections with Aboriginal communities, and interpreting them for a broader audience,” says Iseger-Pilkington . “For me, being at the South Australian Museum is about telling the story the way it should be told – with both the past, present and future in hand.”

Image of Iseger-Pilkington: Mark Gambino @ British Council.

 

Little learners clubTop start for the Marriott and Save the Children Australia's Little Learners' Club

In support of Save the Children's literacy programs for Melbourne children experiencing disadvantage, Marriott Australia announced the launch of the Little Learners' Club earlier this month.

The pilot program will be launched using funds raised by Marriott Australia to provide books each month to children attending Save the Children’s early childhood  playgroup at Carlton Primary School, with the hope of expanding the program across Australia over the next few years.

“We know that if children have their own books at home, they’re more likely to read at school. Unfortunately, there are some children who don’t have access to books at home and as a result their education suffers,” says Marriott International Vice President for Australia, Neeraj Chadha. “By partnering with Save the Children and supporting the Little Learners' Club we can help children access books and provide literacy support. Save the Children staff will also work with parents and guardians to ensure they understand how to provide that support at home."

Save the Children Australia Chief Executive, Paul Ronalds, says the partnership would make a real difference to the lives of children: “Save the Children is committed to ensuring all children, no matter their background, get the best possible start in life. This program will give parents the resources and skills to kickstart their children’s education."

Over the next three years, Marriott Australia and Save the Children will work closely together to raise funds for the program by hosting a variety of internal and public fundraising activities including BBQs, raffles and ticketed events across all hotels nationwide.

Marriott Australia’s partnership with Save the Children for the Little Learners Club is an initiative of the Marriott Millennials Business Council, a group of young Marriott leaders championing corporate social responsibility.

 

shepherd centre$950,000 donation pledged to The Shepherd Centre

Founded in 1896 by the original owners George and Charlotte Sargent, Sargents Pies has evolved to be one of the major pie making companies in Australia.

Its current owner established Sargent’s Pies Charitable Foundation in 1997. The Foundation was started with the sole purpose of giving back to the community and, since its inception, has given away many millions of dollars to organisations in need. Its key aim? To relieve poverty, suffering, distress or misfortune within Australia and to facilitate the needs of persons who are in necessitous circumstances.

After having supported The Shepherd Centre since 2011 with a total of $1,248,000 over five separate grants, the Foundation has just awarded the largest sum ever donated to The Shepherd Centre: $950,000.

Sargent’s Pies Foundation is inspired by the work The Shepherd Centre does with children with hearing loss. In the past, it has supported the establishment of audio booths at The Shepherd Centre’s Liverpool centre, however the recent donation will help to set up a new centre in Campbelltown to help many children with hearing loss in Sydney’s western suburbs.

"The Shepherd Centre does amazing work and has outcomes that speak for themselves," says Purchasing Manager Brian Andrews. "As our factory is in Western Sydney we see that there is a great need for additional services in the outer suburbs. As our population grows faster in the west than some of the services available, the fact that The Shepherd Centre is choosing to set up in Campbelltown makes sense."

 

Spinnaker foundationFoundation re-branding: Spinnaker Health Research Foundation

Last month, Fremantle Hospital Medical Research Foundation, which has invested more than $3 million in 200 research projects and scholarships, celebrated its 20th anniversary and re-branding as Spinnaker Health Research Foundation at the Western Australia Maritime Museum in Fremantle.

The name Spinnaker was selected because it has numerous connotations which are synonymous with the Foundation, its history and its future. "We chose to name our health research foundation after this iconic sail as it symbolises the tireless energy of medical researchers, who are continually moving forward, racing to find answers and make breakthroughs in their quest to improve the health of our community," says Foundation Chairman Mark Balfour.

General Manager of the Foundation, Russell McKenney, adds, ‘The mainstream of medical research undertaken by the Foundation over the past 20 years has changed quite dramatically and we need an additional form to drive the necessary changes in the Foundation’s focus and profile."
 
Spinnaker Health Research Foundation has initially established two sub-funds. Fremantle Hospital Health Research Fund will focus upon health research conducted at, or affiliated with, Fremantle Hospital while the broader scope of community based health research will be conducted through Southern Health Research Fund.

A third and new sub-fund was also announced. Based out of Fiona Stanley Hospital, the Fiona Stanley Hospital Health Research Fund supports th­­e work of researchers, medical staff, nursing staff and allied health professionals with a direct relationship to that hospital. The focus of the fund is on medical research that directly benefits patients and staff of Fiona Stanley Hospital and the broader community.

As part of its 20th anniversary celebration the Foundation awarded four research grants of $100,000 each to conduct research into health issues for the South Metropolitan Community such as diabetes, prenatal health, heart disease and cancer. This is the first time the Foundation has awarded such a significant amount into individual research projects.